Forestry and Woodlands

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

17th September 2019

Late last week, the Minister for Climate Action, Richard Bruton incorrectly stated that agriculture is "Ireland’s single greatest carbon sink". Worryingly, the attempted clarification from Minister Bruton’s department, that the Minister was referring to all Irish land use and not just agriculture, does not explain or correct this deeply confusing and misleading claim.

22nd August 2019

An Taisce response to the new report produced by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) which confirms that Ireland’s agricultural model of over-dependence on animal agriculture, particularly beef and dairy, comes at a devastatingly high ecological cost.

6th August 2019

International Accreditation for Park Excellence in Ireland has now expanded to our Historic Cemeteries and University Campuses.

1st August 2019

The successful candidate will work closely with An Taisce's Advocacy Unit as an integral part of the Natural Environment Office. Practical experience will be gained in all facets of planning and environmental policy with a particular focus on afforestation and aquaculture licensing.

17th July 2019

The initiative to specifically address the Visitor Experience of the Phoenix Park is welcome, however there are a number of areas of concern, in particular concerning the intrusive impact of modern pavilions on the Park’s historic central avenue, and concerning the overriding problem of private motor-traffic in the Park. In general the Strategic Review is too focused on architecture-led visitor centres and needs to instead place the sensitive historic designed landscape at the centre of the initiative. The Phoenix Park will be a success when it is virtually traffic-free, like all good parks, and facilitating an array of outdoor activities providing dynamic, sustainable and healthy infrastructure for the citizenry while safeguarding the fragility and pre-eminence of its natural landscape character

Submission to Draft Phoenix Park Visitor Experience Strategic Review

An Taisce welcomes this initiative specifically addressing the Visitor Experience of the Phoenix Park, however there are a number of areas of concern, in particular the impacts of introduction of modern pavilions into the Park’s historic central avenue, and concerning the overriding problem of motor-traffic impact in the Park. In general the Strategic Review seems too focused on architecture-led visitor centres and needs to instead place the sensitive historic designed landscape at the centre of the initiative.

18th June 2019

An Taisce recognises that the government’s newly published Climate Action Plan could signal a genuine shift away from the token gestures and empty promises of the last decade and a move towards potentially meaningful and measurable climate action. However, An Taisce climate committee’s preliminary analysis suggests that the Action Plan still falls well short of the kind of radical, transformational change that our recently declared national ‘climate and biodiversity emergency’ warrants.

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