This section contains a large number of useful links to sites associated with responsible tourism.

Help up us to update this list - please email any entries you think should be included to

Blogs & NewsShow all | Hide all

ConservationShow all | Hide all

  • Ireland and Northern Ireland

    National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)

    Ireland's National Parks and Wildlife Service which manages 6 national parks, nature reserves and protected areas.

    Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland and Conservation Volunteers Ireland

    Organisation offering conservation opportunities for groups or individuals across Northern Ireland and ROI and

    Notice Nature

    Ireland's public awareness campaign on biodiversity. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity and to encourage everyone to play their part in its protection. Good publications available.

    Birdwatch Ireland

    Ireland's main bird conservation and information agency

    RSPB (NI only)

    The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is the UK's main bird conservation organisation, with a million members and 200 nature reserves over 130,000ha.

    Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

    Irish whale and dolphin conservation and information agency

    Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation

    Irish conservation organisation focusing on the Shannon dolphins

    Irish Wildlife Trust

    The IWT is a charitable conservation organisation providing information, education, carrying out habitat and species surveys and lobbying on conservation

    Mountain Meithal

    Irish volunteer organisation which maintains and builds tracks and trails and promotes sustainable recreation and Leave No Trace

    Irish Peatland Conservation Council

    Irish organisation aimed at protecting Ireland's bogs

    Leave no Trace

    An outdoor ethics programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research, and partnerships.

  • UK (England only)

    Natural England

    Non-departmental body and UK government advisor on the natural environment. Work with a wide range of stakeholders to help them improve the environment. Also designate national parks and manages nature reserves. Formed from the amalgamation of the Countryside Agency, English Nature and the Rural Development Service in 2006.

  • Worldwide

    Department of Conservation (NZ)

    New Zealand's conservation department which manages national parks, marine parks and protected areas in NZ. Also works with local communities and has a strong recreation element.

    The Nature Conservancy (Worldwide)

    World's leading conservation organisation

    New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service (Aus)

    New South Wales National Parks management agency

    Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Aus-SA)

    South Australia National Parks management agency

    Parks Watch (US)

    ParksWatch is a watchdog and monitoring organization that works through partnerships with in-country NGOs and individuals to conduct on-the-ground evaluations of national parks and other protected areas.

    Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

    Website of the organisation driving the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. Currently 186m ha of land worldwide are covered by the RAMSAR Treaty.

EcotourismShow all | Hide all

  • Ireland and Northern Ireland

    Burren Connect

    The Burren Connect Project is working on environmental protection and sustainable visitor management in the Burren region of County Clare.

    Sustainable Tourism Ireland

    Sustainable Tourism Ireland organizes tours of Dublin city and Ireland, mixed with educational activities; these are particularly designed for young students / tourists who have an interest in environmental issues and the green economy.


    EcoTourism information on events and activities throughout Ireland. Booking engine launching 2015.



    Great website that provides a huge range of information including Irish hotels, day tours, Irish activities, traditional music, history and ecotourism.


    Green travel guidebooks for UK and Ireland, and excellent ecotourism website

  • Worldwide

    The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)

    TIES promotes responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people


    Long running online journal of international ecotourism. Great articles and interesting forum for debate.

    Ecotourism Australia

    Australian eco-certification organisation

    Wilderness Scotland

    Wilderness Scotland is an award-winning adventure travel and ecotourism company that specialise in small group walking holidays and adventure holidays in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Energy Saving and Waste ReductionShow all | Hide all

  • Ireland and Northern Ireland

    Action Renewables

    Northern Ireland's leading organisation in the promotion and development of renewable energy

    Irish website dedicated to promoting carbon reductions in all areas of our lives, at work, home and play

    Power of One

    Advisory organisation helping individuals and businesses change their energy consumption patterns, and reduce their carbon footprints

    Race against Waste

    Race against Waste offers good guidelines on waste disposal e.g. Waste Minimisation Club initiative, whereby small businesses in one region can group together to co-negotiate their terms with waste contractors


    Repak is an industry funded non-profit making organisation established to help Irish businesses meet their legal recycling obligations

    Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI)

    Set up by the government in 2002 as Ireland's national energy agency, to promote and assist the development of sustainable energy. Offering information, training and services to ecotourism businesses

  • Worldwide

    Renewable Energy World

    International online information website on renewable energy developments and products

HeritageShow all | Hide all

  • Ireland and Northern Ireland

    The Heritage Council

    The Heritage Council (Ireland) has responsibility to promote interest, education, knowledge and pride in Ireland's national heritage. This includes monuments, archaeological objects, architectural heritage, gardens etc.

    The National Trust

    The National Trust (Northern Ireland) is an independent charity that manages over 300 historic houses and gardens as well as forests, beaches, islands, archaeological remains and nature reserves.

    Heritage Ireland

    Heritage Ireland provides information on Ireland's cultural heritage. It is part of the Office of Public Works (OPW) which in turn is part of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DoEHLG)

    Heritage Island

    Heritage Island is a marketing group representing the leading Visitor Attractions and Heritage Towns throughout the Island of Ireland. It is the only marketing organisation dedicated to the promotion of Ireland's major heritage and cultural attractions, North and South.

  • England

    English Heritage

    England's main heritage organisation, funded mainly by the Dept of Culture, Media and Sport, manages over 400 sites with 11m visitors and has over 700,000 members.

RecreationShow all | Hide all

  • Ireland and Northern Ireland


    Manages commercial forests in Ireland and provides a wide range of recreation facilities.

    Forest Service - Northern Ireland

    The Forest Service is an Executive Agency within the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. In carrying out its remit, the Agency is subject to the overall direction of the Minister with responsibility for the

    Blue Flag Beaches

    The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to over 3200 beaches and marinas in 37 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean. The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the independent non-profit organisation Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and is managed in Ireland by An Taisce and in Northern Ireland by TIDY Northern Ireland.

    National Trails Office

    Part of Sports Council of Ireland, this organisation manages an ever-growing network of walks in Ireland (currently 31). See website for maps and a wide range of publications regarding trail design and management

    Walk Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland's walking trails website, with details of trails, and local events

    Dublin Cycling Campaign

    Cycling promotion and campaign group

    Belfast Hills

    The Belfast Hills Partnership (BHP) is an independent charity which seeks to improve how the hills in the Belfast area are managed. They offer a range of events which are run throughout the year and can be found on their website including wildlife bus tours and walks. They are dedicated to promoting the use of the hills through sustainable tourism, as well as protection and conservation of the hills and wildlife through sustainable


    The MCI is the representative body for walkers and climbers in Ireland. It is recognised as the NGB (National Governing Body) for mountaineering by both the Irish Sports Council (ISC) and Sport Northern Ireland (SNI). Mountaineering includes hill walking, rock climbing, rambling, bouldering and

    Northern Ireland Countryside Access and Activities Network (CAAN)

    The Northern Ireland Countryside Access and Activities Network (CAAN) is an umbrella organisation, which brings together all groups and bodies, which have an interest in, or involvement in countryside recreation in Northern Ireland.

    Leisure activity website

Sustainable ConstructionShow all | Hide all

  • Ireland and Northern Ireland

    Irish Green Building Council

    To achieve our vision as a non-profit, non-partisan organisation, the Irish Green Building Council brings together business, professional, academic, voluntary, environmental and state Members to develop tools and resources for the built environment from a whole systems perspective- considering planning, transport, construction, materials, food and fuel security, energy and community together.

    Environmental and Sustainable Construction Association (EASCA)

    Members organisation, promoting suppliers of sustainable construction products and services in Ireland

    Construct Ireland magazine

    Ireland's only magazine dedicated exclusively to sustainable construction in Ireland. It plays a key role in raising consciousness of the need for low energy, low impact, healthy buildings in Ireland, affecting the design and construction of tens of thousands of new buildings.

Tourism Marketing and RepresentationShow all | Hide all

  • Ireland and Northern Ireland

    Fáilte Ireland

    Provides strategic and practical support to develop and sustain Ireland as a destination; and markets tourism products within Ireland. and

    Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB)

    Promotes Northern Ireland as a tourist destination.

    Tourism Ireland

    Promote the island of Ireland's tourism industry worldwide.

    Irish Hotels Federation (IHF)

    Represents hotels and guesthouses in Ireland.

    Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC)

    Represents the tourism industry in Ireland and aims to drive economic development of tourism through influencing tourism policy and performance, investment strategies and funding priorities.

    The Tourism Society (NI)

    Professional membership body for those working in the tourism industry in the UK and

    Visit Britain (NI)

    Markets Great Britain abroad and promotes the visitor economy in the UK. Also has information relating to Northern Ireland on their website but Visit Britain remit does not extend to NI.

  • Worldwide

    World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

    UN agency and leading international tourism organisation that plays a key role in promoting the development of responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism.

    UNWTO ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty)

    UN World Tourism Organisation project established in 2003, created to harness the power of tourism in the fight against poverty.

    World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)

    Forum for business leaders in the travel and tourism industries. Good source of information and research, and founders of Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

    Tour Operators Initiative

    Developed by tour operators for tour operators and supported by UNWTO, UNESCO and UNEP. Promote and disseminates methods and practices compatible with sustainable development.

    International Tourism Partnership

    The International Tourism Partnership brings together the leading corporates in the hospitality and tourism industry to demonstrate that environmental and social responsibility makes good business sense.

    Our aim is to mobilise the hospitality industry to improve its impact on both environment and society by showcasing examples of leadership, working in partnership with other sectors, organisations and agendas and providing practical products, projects and solutions.

    The members of the International Tourism Partnership represent some of the largest travel and tourism companies in the world, comprising over 11,100 hotel properties and 1.8 million rooms. They understand that only through collective, industry-wide action at local, destination and country levels can real progress be made towards a more sustainable hotel, travel and tourism industry.

    Green Hotelier

    The International Tourism Partnership is a global programme of the International Business Leaders Forum. Green Hotelier is its key communications tool and most successful publication. The print magazine now takes the form of a dedicated website and is set to become the communications portal that sets the agenda for responsible business in hotels. It showcases best practice among its members and the wider industry, and provides latest trends and insight into sustainable tourism. It is the leading source for inspirational, practical and technical information on green issues for the hotel sector.

    The Travel Foundation

    Independent UK charity aiming to help the outbound travel industry manage tourism more sustainably. Excellent source of information and ecotourism guidelines

    Tourism Concern

    Charity campaigning against exploitation in the global tourism industry