A NEW initiative to further develop the tourism potential of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark has just been given the green light.
Building work has started on the cross-border initiative, valued at €900,000 to develop an interpretative centre and trail facilities through the geopark.
Coillte, a commercial company operating in forestry, land based business, renewable energy and panel products, and Cavan County Council, are taking the project forward at Cavan Burren Forest and will jointly manage the interpretative centre once complete.
The announcement comes after six years of the two organisations working together to deliver tourism and recreation facilities while protecting the landscape and heritage for future generations.
Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Councillor Alex Baird, said: “Fermanagh District Council welcomes the development of an interpretative centre and trail facilities at the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark enabling visitors and locals alike to discover the fascinating story of our world renowned landscape.”
The new interpretative centre at the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is part of a wider Border Uplands Project, which is a cross-border initiative being led by the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN) and project managed by Fermanagh District Council, in partnership with Cavan County Council, Sligo County Council and Leitrim County Council.
Alongside the development of the interpretative centre at the Cavan Burren Forest, the Border Uplands Project will upgrade a number of walking routes in counties Fermanagh and Sligo.
Restoration work will also be carried out at County Leitrim’s Farnaught Limekiln and walking trails are to be developed at a number of sites within the county.
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