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EU launches new Forest Information System to improve knowledge on forests and woodlands

Amid a need for more accurate, up-to-date and harmonised data and monitoring on Europe’s valuable woodlands, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission today launched a new Forest Information System for Europe (FISE) which aims to become Europe’s knowledge hub to monitor the state, health and sustainability of Europe’s many forests. The FISE web portal will provide tail...
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Leitrim forestry damaging environment and community, warns group

A report on the impact of forestry in Leitrim confirms the level of plantations in the county is the highest in the country, with Sitka spruce the dominant species.  It found the conifer accounted for 61 per cent of total forest area, and 75 per cent of forest owners are farmers. The report was commissioned by Minister of State for Agriculture Andrew Doyle amid allegations...
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Plan to plant a 22m trees a year to beat greenhouse gases (Croke Park x 6)

An attempt to transform the Irish landscape with nature's own carbon captors will see 22 million trees planted every year for the next 20 years.  The ambitious plan is the equivalent of planting more than 6,000 Croke Park pitches every year until 2040.  If successful, the area of land under trees could increase by 20pc to almost one-million hectares, although that would still leave Ireland at the ...
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Protecting the world’s forests : European Commission steps up EU action

The European Commission has set out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world's forests, which host 80% of biodiversity on land, support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world's population, and are vital to our efforts to fight climate change. The comprehensive Communication published last week introduces measures for enhanced international cooperation with s...
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EU ‘psychotic about environment’ says Brazil’s Bolsonaro

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attacked the "environmental psychosis" of European leaders concerned over his administration's plans to develop the Amazon rainforest, and insisted that the numbers showing sharply increased rates of deforestation were "lies". Brazil's environmental track record has come into sharp focus in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe following the Mercosur deal with beef far...
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The Environment: Getting Better All The Time

Contrary to what you see reported in the news, the environment is, bit by bit, getting better. The latest evidence for this comes from France, which is becoming heavily re-forested. According to The Economist: Since 1990, thanks to better protection as well as to a decline in farming, France’s overall wooded or forested areas have increased by nearly 7%. And France is far from being alone. Across...
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New strategy for forestry needed in climate plan

Given the urgent need to address “the climate emergency” and the role forestry could play in reducing carbon emissions, a new approach is needed, according to environmental researcher Dr Cara Augustenborg. A multistakeholder form should chart a way forward and respect concerns of host communities where extensive afforestation was located, she told a Forest Industries Ireland (FII) conference at t...
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Coillte Nature – new non-profit to focus on species diversity & biodiversity

Nine commercial forests in the Dublin Mountains will be converted to primarily recreational and biodiversity use under the first project for Coillte Nature, a new not-for-profit wing of State forestry company Coillte. Coillte Nature will also create new woodlands to promote species diversity and biodiversity carbon sequestration – a process by which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere ...
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Forest Statistics Ireland 2019 Report published

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD, has announced the publication of the Department’s annual Forest Statistics Report for 2019.  This Report is prepared annually by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Launching the report, the Minister commented: "'Forest Statistics - Ireland 2019’ is an annual compilation of statistics on th...
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Teagasc marks International Day of the Forests

Thursday, 21 March was ‘International Day of Forests’ and Teagasc highlighted the multiple benefits of well-sited and sustainably managed forests and woodlands, in particular as a viable on-farm resource.  It also ties in with The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine report on Forests & Water, Achieving Objectives under Ireland’s River Basin Management Plan 2018-2021 Sustainable Fores...
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