Forestry and Woodlands

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

4th 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.

4th March 2018

An Taisce and Biofuelwatch are organising and event entitled "Is Biomass a climate solution – Bord Na Mona’s plan to import US timber"

It will be held in Tailors' Hall on Thursday 8th March from 19:00 to 21:30

10th November 2017

The substance of An Taisce’s submission is to climate proof the 4 over-riding goals, the 70 objectives, the 10 points of strategic infrastructure and 8 listed visions, pointing to the inconsistencies and the dangerous impact some of the policies will have on increasing rather than reducing greenhouse gas emissions, on damaging biodiversity and on being wasteful of scarce resources.

3rd May 2017

An Taisce are Ireland’s oldest and one of its largest environmental organisations. An Taisce is a charity that works to preserve and protect Ireland's natural and built heritage. An Taisce recognises the important role that the forestry sector has to play in supporting the development of the rural and national economy. We are also aware of the potential positive and negative impacts of forestry on our environment and the negative role that forestry can play in postponing meaningful climate action in the land use sector.

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