Forestry and Woodlands

Commercial forestry can have serious negative environmental impacts. Native woodlands receive too little promotion and attention in Ireland.

13th May 2020

The response for Ireland’s food future must be diversification to growing a range of nutrient crops on a soil, area and scale-appropriate basis. To meet the nutrition sources set out in the EAT Lancet reference diet, reduce imports, and sustain Irish farming and rural economies, there must be an immediate turnaround.

11th November 2019

The current model of agriculture in Ireland is broken. Anything other than a radical shift in focus in the next agri-food strategy to domestic food security within a system of enforced limits on absolute annual and cumulative pollution will be environmentally unjustifiable.

17th September 2020

Today, An Taisce revealed the parks and green spaces that have been awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award for 2020.

Submission on Draft Agriculture Appeals (Amendment) Bill 2020

Our Response to the Public Consultation on Forestry Appeals

An Taisce considers that this Heads of Bill (“Heads”) presents a significant erosion of the public’s right to access justice and participate in the Irish forestry planning process.

If passed, the Bill would drastically reduce the ability of ordinary citizens and environmental NGOs to take appeals on forestry decisions which have potentially negative environmental consequences.

26th August 2020

Just as the Dáil rose for its summer recess, Minister of State for Agriculture Pippa Hackett announced a very short consultation over the traditional August holiday period, on the outline of the Draft Agriculture Appeals (Amendment) Bill 2020.

14th August 2020

A consultation was recently opened on a new Bill proposing amendments to the forestry appeals process. The Bill would drastically reduce the ability of ordinary people and environmental NGOs to appeal any forestry decision with potential environmental impacts. The Bill proposes a number of significant amendments, curtailing which members of the public may take an appeal, and placing arbitrary and restrictive thresholds on which organisations qualify as environmental NGOs, in addition to introducing fees.

10th December 2019

Prof. John Sweeney's second report on the UNFCCC COP-25 Meeting in Madrid, December 2019. See also his first report: No Real Progress in Week 1.

9th December 2019

Ireland continues to be among the worst performing countries in the EU on climate action, despite slight improvements in our ranking, according to a major international survey published today.

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