Conservation at Knockree Youth Hostel
Hostelling International is a global association of Youth Hostels. We are a charity and our focus has always been on social empowerment. For the 2017 Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development we have developed a busy program to address ten different areas of sustainability.
In October, we focus on the theme of “Protecting Destinations: Culture and biodiversity”. Read more on our blog. A fantastic example of this topic is the Conservation Plan created by An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostel Association.
An Óige’s volunteer led Conservation Group was formed in 2007 and since then has worked tirelessly to identify threats, grants, management and educational options to help preserve the native Irish habitats around Knockree Youth Hostel.
The main aim of the Conservation Group is to make both guests and members of An Óige aware of the importance of environmental issues near the hostels. The Conservation Plan for Knockree Hostel will be used by the group to preserve this area of nature for future generations and to help make Knockree the standard bearer for self-lead eco-education in Ireland.