Our Green Promise
“We recognise that our business has an important role to play in protecting and enhancing the environment for future generations and to help secure the long-term sustainability of the Tourism Industry”
Moher Cottage as a family business within the Burren Geopark, recognises that we have an important role to play in protecting and enhancing the physical & cultural environment both generally and locally in the Burren Geopark.
We are a young business but built on the foundation of our family business Considine's Bar situated beside the Cliffs of Moher since 1868. In all that time we would be steeped in a sound tradition of welcoming to, educating and illustrating personally for visitors to our area.
For us now in Moher Cottage being members of the Burren Ecotourism Network acknowledges the great work laid down by the generation that came before us and, as the number of stakeholders within the Burren Region grows, strengthens the common goals between all of us.
The Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark
UNESCO Global Geoparks are internationally recognised places with unique geology, landscapes, history and culture. Geoparks are managed with a focus on education, conservation, sustainable tourism and community engagement.
In 2011 the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher gained Global Geopark status, already spectacular neighbours, their coming together formed a destination of natural wonders. Making up over 530 square kilometres the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark offers diversity that is second to none. This rich and alluring landscape of staggering sea cliffs, limestone karst terraces, fertile valleys, vibrant villages and welcoming communities offers some truly inspiring experiences.
The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark not only has outstanding natural and culture heritage but a management organisation that supports its people and organisations to work together to ensure a cared-for landscape, a better-understood heritage, more sustainable tourism, a vibrant community and strengthened livelihoods.
For more information visit www.burrengeopark.ie
We recognise that our small business on our family farm has a responsibility to conserve our natural asset in the Geopark here in Clare. We want to minimise our impact on the local environment and actively play a role in protecting and enhancing our local area for future generations. We want to implement measures that enable tourists to behave responsibly in the landscape.
By becoming a member of the Burren EcoTourism Network we can now actively participate in destination conservation initiatives. We are committed to attaining high levels of sustainable tourism practice over the coming years.
We are committed to the following environmental policies:
We collaborate with all stakeholders to collectively develop the Geopark as a sustainable tourism destination. We attend as much training and networking events as possible throughout the year as well as participating with sub groups formed from Burren Eco Tourism Network.
A CARED-FOR LANDSCAPE
We actively participate in conserving our natural and cultural heritage. We want to implement measures that enable tourists to behave responsibly in the landscape. Since joining the Burren Eco Tourism Network we have become environmentally conscious on the amount of waste our premises produces each year. We are actively working with our suppliers to reduce energy waste & garbage waste. We have implemented the Love Your Cup campaign. We encourage the use of these reusable biodegradable bamboo cups by giving a free hot drink at the time of purchase and 30c off every hot drink thereafter. We are currently looking at improving our packaging to recyclable and biodegradable where we haven't made the switch already where possible.
A WELL-UNDERSTOOD HERITAGE
We offer quality information and interpretation to communicate our stories and the unique character of our place to guests. We have information available at our premises on the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark. We speak with our customers who are tourists and encourage them through the Geopark map to visit our heritage sites in North Clare.
We work to ensure that tourism makes a positive social contribution so that it benefits our community as well as our guests. We promote our neighbours who are in business in North Clare by recommending places to see and things to do within our local community. We have held a number of collaborations with local businesses in the years since we opened. We actively seek out local producers first when buying in product. Almost 20% of our suppliers are based in The Burren, and more than 50% in the Munster region and 95% are Irish.
We contribute to the local economy by maintaining and supporting local employment, by sourcing services and produce locally wherever possible, and by engaging with other businesses in promoting our region as a sustainable tourism destination. We support local fundraisers year round to keep our local community thriving. Our staff has increased year on year since we opened in 2017. We also contribute to local clubs and charities.
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM MANAGEMENT
We work to an Environmental Action Plan, which includes actions and targets for improvement that are reviewed annually. We have effective systems for monitoring and adequately managing our waste, water, wastewater, energy, travel impact and purchases.
Through training with BEN we have now learned how to effectively record and monitor our energy bills and will strive to reduce energy costs over the coming year. We have installed an energy efficient water boiler last year. Our appliances are only used when maximum load is reached and we turn off anything that is not needed in a timely fashion. We will encourage tourists through our website to use sustainable modes of transport i.e. the local bus or bicycles to visit the Burren.
Moher Cottage are committed to taking the following actions:
To continue sound environmental practices across our entire operation
To produce an annual Environmental Plan setting out our Objectives, Targets and planned Actions
To comply fully with all relevant legislation
To minimise our waste and reduce our water consumption where possible
To reduce, Reuse, Recycle the resources consumed by our business wherever practical
To provide all employees with the training and resources required to meet our objectives
To monitor and record our environmental impacts on a regular basis and compare our performance with our policies, objectives and targets
To learn more about the Burren EcoTourism click HERE
LEAVE NO TRACE
Leave No Trace Ireland is a network of organisations and individuals with an interest in promoting the responsible recreational use of the outdoors. As increasing numbers of people seek the beauty and exhilaration of outdoor recreation, our collective mark on the environment and its natural processes, increases. Litter, disturbance to vegetation, water pollution, wildlife, livestock and other people are all indicators of the need to develop a national ethic that protects both natural and cultural heritage. Techniques designed to minimise the social and environmental impacts to these areas are incorporated into the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Education Programme.
The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark is partnering with Leave No Trace Ireland to identify and target opportunities for reducing environmental impact in recreational activity within the region. In co-operation with this initiative, we have completed Leave No Trace Awareness Training and are now an official Leave No Trace Partner.
At the heart of Leave No Trace are seven principles for reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities. These are:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Be Considerate of Others
- Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
- Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
- Leave What You Find
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Minimise the Effects of Fire
Leave No Trace Ireland promotes and inspires responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. The programme strives to build awareness, appreciation and respect for Ireland’s natural and cultural heritage and is dedicated to creating a nationally recognised and accepted outdoor ethic that promotes personal responsibility. It encourages all outdoor enthusiasts (e.g. walkers, mountain bikers, canoeists, orienteerers, horse riders) to do their part to maintain those lands used by the public for the benefit of the environment and for future generations.
Practicing a Leave No Trace ethic is simple. Make it hard for others to see or hear you and LEAVE NO TRACE of your visit.
To learn more about the Leave No Trace Programme click HERE