Leave No Trace Ireland
Leave No Trace Ireland aims to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. Leave No Trace Ireland began in 2004 as a concerted effort across a range of recreational and land-managing bodies to address the increasing burden of negative impacts on the mountains. Today, Leave No Trace Ireland exists as a not-for-profit company run by volunteers and employing one part-time person.
At the heart of Leave No Trace is an educational message that encourages us as recreational users to understand the consequences of our actions, and challenges us to make good choices when we do our activities in the outdoors. The Leave No Trace programme uses a framework of seven principles to guide us towards better choices:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Be Considerate of Others
- Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Leave What You Find
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Minimise the Effects of Fire
Mountaineering Ireland endorses the Leave No Trace message, we aim to adhere to Leave No Trace during all Mountaineering Ireland events and we have incorporated Leave No Trace into our various training schemes.
Mountaineering Ireland has also developed guidelines for the organisers of walking festivals and similar events, based on Mountaineering Ireland’s environmental policy and the Leave No Trace principles.