BURREN AND CLIFFS OF MOHER GEOPARK (Ireland)
The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark is a unique glacio-karst landscape located on Ireland's west coast between the cities of Limerick and Galway, with magnificent Atlantic coastal landforms, unique floral diversity, fascinating archaeology; all set in a landscape managed by traditional farming practices, and amid a thriving culture of Irish music, dance, food and sport.
Conservation, Education & Tourism
The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark is home to an active network of environmental learning centres, accredited-ecotourism businesses, conservation groups, visitor information and interpretation centres, local farm-tours co-operatives, and managed outdoor recreation routes and hubs.
The geological landscape is one of glacially smoothed Carboniferous (300 million years ago) fossil-rich limestone hills; dramatic sea cliffs; seasonal lakes; and vast networks of subterranean caves. This physical landscape hosts rare natural habitats and unique floral assemblages not found anywhere else on Earth; as well as abundant legacies of human settlement dating back over 6000 years. Traditional agricultural practices successfully prevail, enabling the conservation of the unique character and biodiversity of the landscape.
The collaborative efforts of community-based education, ecotourism, and conservation initiatives are an essential part of the sustainable social, environmental, and economic development of this Atlantic-edge region. The Geopark encourages a holistic approach to managing, conserving and promoting the landscape, as each aspect of the environment: geological, ecological, climatic, oceanographic and anthropogenic, is mutually influenced by one another.
The Global Geoparks Network is supported by UNESCO at the request of Member States