Forestry and Woodlands

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

24th October 2014

An Taisce is deeply concerned the that many aspects of the proposed programme fall short of the overarching objectives to achieve a sustainable and environmentally friendly forestry sector. Indeed many aspects of the programme are just a continuation of Ireland’s current unsustainable forestry model whose practices over the preceding decades have negatively impacted on biodiversity, landscape and water quality. Commercial forestry plantations have a number of negative impacts on the environment.

12th August 2014

An Taisce appreciates landscape is a complex phenomenon and agreeing on landscape values has become a contentious topic for the government, local authorities, stakeholders and public alike. There should now have been sufficient time for the government and others to reflect on the ‘Celtic Tiger’ era, including the changes it brought to the landscape and focus on how the country will face-up to protecting, managing and planning its landscape in the future.

5th August 2014

Instead of investing in energy use conservation, efficiency and renewable alternatives, the global trend in energy has been to increase the extraction rate of large scale open cast coal mining and extend oil and gas exploration into new areas and introduce problematic new technologies. Energy companies are in an exploration race to secure a level of fossil fuel extraction which is incompatible with the level of decarbonisation required to stabilise global climate at 2ºC average surface temperature above pre-industrial levels.

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