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Timber Growers Association
The Irish Timber Growers
Association (ITGA) was formed in 1977 to support the development and expansion
of private sector forestry in Ireland.
PEFC - Ireland administers the PEFC Coucil's schemes in Ireland and promotes
sustainable forest management and the use of credibly certified timber
and wood-based products.
PEFC Irish Forest Certification Standard was finalised and endorsed by the PEFC Counci on 23 December 2011.
Européenne des Propriétaires Forestiers (CEPF) is a not
for profit European umbrella federation of national forest owner associations
comprised of 23 members of the EU. It has offices in Brussels and Budapest.
Its vision is to enhance the value of private forest properties through
sustainable forest management by assisting and strengthening national
forest owner organisations in Europe.
The IFA has a growing farm forestry membership and lobbies for farmer
EUSTAFOR is an association of European State Organisations set up in 2006.
Members are mainly the national forest services who own State forestry.
The Irish semi-State company, Coillte, is a member.
This site is a guide
to designing, detailing and specifying timber and is aimed primarily at
architects, engineers, designers, builders, planners, specifiers, students.
Anyone with an interest in wood, woodworking and the use of wood will
find it helpful. The site is managed by COFORD.
The Wood Marketing Federation promotes wood as a renewable, sustainable
and versatile natural material.
Timber frame construction allows for high energy efficiency, significant
construction time savings, greater design flexibility and enormous potential
to reduce CO2 emissions. This website gives further details as well as
links to members of the Irish Timber Frame Manufacturers Association.
Woodland hopes to see a significant increase in the use of Irish timber
in timber frame construction.
Forestry and Forest Products Association
IFFPA represents some industry groupings and businesses. It is affiliated to the Irish
Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC).
of European Paper Industries
The European paper industry is Europe's single largest industrial producer
and consumer of energy from renewable resources. The website
carries some data and views on the on land use issues such as the competition
for land between biofuels and raw material for food, biomass for heating
and power and fibre.
Regulation, Research, Education and Training
is the division within the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forest policy, regulation, legislation and promotion.
Coford is the National Council for Forest Research and Development.
of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
The Department has responsibility for the sustainable development of the
agri-food sector, including forestry, and to contribute to a vibrant rural
economy and society. Many useful publications are available on the site
as well as Press releases.
of the Environment, Community and Local Government
data is available on two websites www.archaeology.ie
These give heritage
information managed by the Department, including information on the Sites
and Monuments Record, the Recorded Monuments Record, Monuments in State
Care, Natural Heritage Areas, Special Areas of Conservation, Special Protection
Areas (Birds' Directive), Nature Reserves and National Parks. The data
comprises the key data sets of the national heritage and would be of interest
to researchers, academics, consultants, planners, developers and other
such organisation or individuals who are involved in physical change in
the landscape in the widest sense.
Further data on architectural
heritage is available on www.buildingsofireland.ie.
The EPA has responsibility for water, land and air quality. Consultation
is required with the EPA on forestry projects in some parts of the country
where water quality is a particularly sensitive issue.
The European Commission
has an evolving position regarding forestry with the role of guiding and
coordinating forest policy in Member States so as to achieve common objectives.
The EU Forest Action Plan 2007 - 2011 is regarded by the Commission as
the centrepiece of that work. This can be viewed at pdf. It is primarily
a framework for joint activity and was reviewed in 2009. The Directorate
of Agriculture and Rural Development has a Forestry section and some interesting
publications - see here.
EFI, based in Helsinki, promotes, conducts and cooperates in research
of forests, forestry and forest products at the pan European level. Ireland
is a country member. COFORD, Forest Service, Coillte and
UCD are member organisations.
The FAO is the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
with a mandate of achieving food security for all. It promotes the sustainable
management of forests and woodlands both through the development and implementation
of criteria and indicators and the identification, testing and promotion
of innovative forest management approaches and techniques such as support
for model and demonstration forests. This is a good site for students
and researchers as well as anyone with an interest in global issues.
Based-Sector Technology Platform [FTP]
In 2004, the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois),
the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF) and the Confederation
of European Paper Industries (CEPI) set up a Technology Platform for the
forest-based sector. This platform aims at defining and implementing the
sectors R&D roadmap for the future and is supported by a wide
range of stakeholders. In 2006 it developed a Strategic Research Agenda.
The site has some interesting links and has a Strategic Research Agenda
for the Irish forest-based sector, although that document seems to have
had only indirect input from Irish private owner representatives The site
is also worth a look to see what more developed wood economies, such as
Finland, consider to be research priorities.
Conference on the Protection of Forests (MCPFE)
The MCPFE is a high-level co-operation of around 46 European countries
and the European Community and addresses the most important issues on
forests and forestry. It is based on a chain of Ministerial Conferences
and follow-up experts meetings. It is a platform of dialogue and for cooperation
on policy and science and proceedings are reported on its website which
would be of particular interest to policy makers, students and researchers.
PEFC is the world's largest forest certification organisation. A draft
forest management cerfification standard for Ireland was developed submitted to the PEFC Councill during 2010. It promotes sustainable forest management - environmentally,
socially and economically viable management of forests through independent
third party forest certification. A draft Irish standard has been developed with a view to endorsement by PEFC in 2011. See
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), formerly the Irish
Energy Centre, was set up by the Government in 2002 as Ireland's national
energy authority. Its mission is to play a leading role in transforming
Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies
and practices. Its work on renewable energy resources includes promotion
of the development of biomass (wood, waste and energy crops).
of Irish Foresters
The Society of Irish Foresters is the representative body for professional
foresters in Ireland. Our foresters are members. It organises field days
each year and publishes a periodical journal "Irish Forestry".
A system of Continuous Professional Development is being introduced.
Teagasc is the Irish Agricultural and Food Development Authority.
It is involved in the promotion and development of farmer forestry and
has foresters whose role is to provide educational and training facilities.
College, Dublin - Forestry
UCD offer the only university forestry course in Ireland.
Other interesting sites
Crann is Ireland's leading voluntary tree organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of trees, hedgerows and woodlands.. Its role is primarily in the area
of public education and awareness as well as promotion and participation
in the development of crafts and industries based on the products of Irish
Council of Ireland
The Tree Council of Ireland is a voluntary non-governmental organisation
which was formed in 1985, to promote the planting, care and conservation
of trees in both urban and rural areas. It is the umbrella group for about
fifty organisations connected by their appreciation of trees, and it aims
to foster a tree and wood culture among Irish people through action and
World Leaders met in Copenhagen in December, 2009 to discuss a follow-up
treaty to the Kyoto Protocol. The EU wants an ambitious, global and comprehensive
agreement to prevent the world warming by more than 2ºC, and to ensure
that economic growth becomes sustainable. There is a lot of interesting
information on the website.
Irish Statute Book
This website provides comprehensive access to Irish legislation.
Bóthar is a charity specialising in helping poor farmers in
Africa and third world countries to help themselves by giving them the
gift of livestock. By sending cows, goats, camels, pigs, trees and providing
education and veterinary back up Bóthar is tackling poverty and
supporting sustainable development. The web site has great ideas for gifts.
John Phelan has participated in a number of fund raising treks in Ireland, England and Peru.
The Centre for Environmental Living and Training is based in Scariff,
Co. Clare. Its aims
are increasing environmental awareness, nature conservation, promoting
renewable energy, keeping alive traditional countryside skills and crafts
and promoting healthy food production.
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