Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark - Environmental Policy Statement

The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark

Irish Organic Association IOA

 

Environmental Policy Statement

Burren Smokehouse is fully committed to environmental good practice following the Geopark Code of Practice for Sustainable Tourism burrengeopark.ie from management through to members of staff.  We provide a facility that encourages visitors to visit the region while positively impacting on our local economy, our local community and without harming our environment.

Our commitment to the principles is targeted and will be measured and reported to the administrators.

Working Together

  • In our Visitor Centre we provide free Geopark visitor maps and information about other Burren Ecotourism providers.
  • We use all opportunities to network with other Burren Ecotourism Network members by attending training events, workshops and activity days
  • Members of staff are trained to provide and find information as to where next to visit in the area and supply referrals
  • We actively promote the Burren Food Trail and Burren Adventure program on our social media profile’s and through posters and brochures in our Visitor Centre

Objective:
1. To update our training with a refresher training day for all Visitor Centre staff during 2020 and 2021

 

A Cared-for Landscape

  • Several members of the Burren Smokehouse Team have undertaken Leave no Trace training (February 2014). Visitors can read more about Leave no Trace online on our website

Objective:
1. To arrange for new Visitor Centre staff to attend Leave no Trace training during 2020
2. To organise a Hedgerow clean up in the local area involving our staff during 2020 and 2021

 

A Well Understood Heritage

  • All of our 40,000 visitors a year are exposed to the Burren Geopark plaque proudly displayed outside our Visitor Centre
  • We are committed to providing relevant and accurate interpretive information to visitors on the natural and cultural heritage of the region. We are proud to be part of Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO supported global Geopark status.
  • Through film and tour guide presentations our visitors can learn about the heritage of the ancient craft of smoking salmon in Ireland.  We make this experience available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian & Swedish.
  • We also offer a new fascinating learning experience for visitors about Irelands salmon story reaching back to ancient times using legends and the traditional methods of yesteryear.  The experience also explores contemporary salmon aquaculture, salmon’s nutritional benefits and introduces the real-life characters for whom this is a sustainable modern way of life called Taste the Atlantic, The Salmon Experience

Objective:
1. To arrange a field trip for BEN members to the new experience during 2019,2020 and 2021

 

Vibrant Communities

  • We welcome all visitors of all ability and supply facilities for those with limited ability
  • Birgitta & Peter Curtin have during 30 years in business been and are committed to conservation, promotion of and networking in the Burren with other businesses and tourism businesses.  Birgitta & Peter are founding members of Slow Food Clare and organise the Burren Slow Food Festival since 2005 slowfoodclare.com.  They are also founding members of the Burren Ecotourism Network burren.ie and act as advisors to the Burren Geopark.

Objective:
1. We want to make all our visitors feel welcome by improving our communication of our story in a way that they understand by using clear language and signage

 

Strengthened Livelihoods

  • We only use certified Irish organic fresh salmon farmed sustainably on the west coast irishorganicassociation.ie
  • Burren Smokehouse sources 100% of our organic salmon, trout and mackerel from Ireland.
  • We purchase other Burren artisan food products, Clare food products and Irish artisan food products for sale in our shop and are also available to order from our website for mail order customers.
  • We use local service providers and trades and craftsmen where possible

 

Sustainable Tourism Management

  • Burren Smokehouse have appointed a Green Team of staff and management that meet on a monthly basis to monitor and make continual improvements in efficiencies of reduce, recycle and reuse energy, water and waste.
  • Our Gold Ecotourism Ireland plaque certification is visible ecotourismireland.ie as well as our Organic standards irishorganicassociation.ie and our commitment to Slow Food philosophy and local produce slowfood.com
  • We welcome cyclists, walkers and visitors that use public transport and offer a discount on purchases of our products as an incentive for using sustainable transport.  We offer information on how to access us with sustainable transport on our website  burrensmokehouse.ie.  Many Burren Smokehouse staff live locally and walk to work.

Objective:
1. We would like to upgrade our cleaning products for the Visitor Centre to be eco-friendly.

Here a video about the use of Calor's BioLPG (natural and sustainable gas), and about making small decisions that impact your future lives for the better: