Environmental Practices

Core to providing an ecotourism experience is ensuring that the operation is
environmentally sustainable and that staff are environmentally aware at all times. Criteria contained in this section have been carefully chosen to assist operators in adopting environmentally friendly practices and communicating their environmental commitment. Types of measures include careful planning as to the use of energy & water and promotion of sustainable (eco-labelled) accommodation.

Production of waste and involvement in “green” purchasing are also considered, as is eco-friendly transport. A range of minimal impact codes have been designed to reflect the diversity of ecotourism products available in the Ecotourism Ireland and a measure focusing specifically on environmental monitoring will help Ecotourism Ireland to effectively manage the growth of ecotourism in the region.