Burren Outdoor Education
Public support and
Investment for Eco Tourism
What is the Burren OEC
A public Outdoor Education Centre
Supported by the local Education Board, Co
Clare Vocational Education Committee to
provide outdoor, adventure and environmental
Programmes involve range of adventure
activities, environmental studies and team tasks.
Schools – first and second level
Youth sector – groups and services
Adult Education Groups
Adults and tourists
Numbers – over 8000 in 2010
Involvement with Burren Eco
To expand into Eco Adventure tourism
To help develop sustainable eco tourism
in the Burren.
To learn about and develop sound
To promote eco tourism in the Burren.
To network with other Burren businesses.
Burren Ecotourism Network
Formal title agreed in May 2010.
Formal meetings take place June 2010.
Members elected to positions.
Agencies confirm support for expansion
of accreditation scheme.
Network and website launch March
A network of ecotourism businesses in the
Burren who recognise importance of protecting
the Burren environment and sustaining Burren
farms, centres, businesses and communities
hold sustainability and conservation as core
have formalised good eco practices
have written environmental policies in place
Bring people on eco experiences in the Burren
Burren Eco Adventures
to experience the
Burren through eco
Burren & Cliffs of Moher
Brings global recognition for the
unique Burren landscape
Burren OEC – centre role in increasing
awareness of Burren locally and in
developing education programmes.
BEN – avail of Geopark status to
develop and expand eco tourism
Burren Ecotourism Network wants to expand to
add to range of eco experiences.
BEN looking at other eco labels for
Agency support and promotion of BEN and
Geopark to develop ecotourism in the Burren
What is now needed?
Agency commitment to Eco tourism
Identify public and agency mechanisms to
support those expanding and investing in
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