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EcoTourism Ireland Award 2012

EcoTourism Ireland Award 2012Ecotourism is defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people" - The International Ecotourism Society (TIES).

The unspoilt nature of many parts of the Island of Ireland has encouraged many tourism businesses both North and South to establish themselves as ecotourism operators. Ecotourism Ireland is working to develop these resources further with the aim of establishing Ireland as a world class ecotourism destination with a strong focus on high ecotourism standards.

Ecotourism Ireland is an organisation set up to stimulate the development of ecotourism country wide. To achieve these ends they have facilitated the development of an ecotourism quality label that they hope will stimulate the development of new ecotourism experiences in Ireland, and at the same time defend the ethical values of existing ecotourism operators. In addition the label has been designed to guide visitors travel choices and help them to choose promoters of ecotourism products and the experiences they have on offer.

EcoTourism IrelandThe unspoilt nature of many parts of the Island of Ireland has encouraged many tourism businesses both North and South to establish themselves as ecotourism operators. Ecotourism Ireland is working to develop these resources further with the aim of establishing Ireland as a world class ecotourism destination with a strong focus on high ecotourism standards.

Core to ecotourism and to the Ecotourism Ireland philosophy is the concept of environmental sustainability and the label has been very much developed with this in mind, in order to ensure that the environmental impacts of Certified ecotourism products are minimised. The label also encourages proactive nature conservation and the promotion of local cultural values, while at the same time developing local economies and the long term viability of ecotourism destinations.

The Label has been developed in conjunction with: Fáilte Ireland, Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Standard Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (DARD)(NPWS)National Parks and Wildlife Service .These agencies act as an independent auditing aspect of the label nationally .

Cnoc Suain is delighted to have been awarded the Gold-Cert by EcoTourism Ireland for its endeavours in ecotourism. Cnoc Suain looks forward to working with EcoTourism Ireland in promoting the concept of environmental sustainability throughout Conamara and the west of Ireland, .