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Establishing FSC in Ireland

Just Forests founder/coordinator (Tom Roche) was the 1st Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) endorsed Contact Person for the Republic of Ireland. He acted as FSC coordinator for 5 years and facilitated the establishment of the first FSC national steering group.

In 1996 Just Forests hosted WOOD FOR LIFE-the beginning of FSC in Ireland-historical beginnings:


Dowdstown House Conference Centre,

Dalgan Park,

Dublin Road,


Co. Meath,


Friday 22 November 1996

The fact that timber is an essential commodity in the world economy is evident - who can imagine a world without wood or paper products? Properly managed it is also environmentally sound and a genuinely renewable resource. The remaining forests of the world not only represent vast and largely unexplored assets, but are also home to untold numbers of indigenous peoples, flora and fauna. Unregulated forestry can destroy forever these often fragile and irreplaceable habitats, and much of the life that depends upon them, turning short-term gain into long-term loss. (Extract from the keynote address by Francis Sullivan, Leader, Global Forest Campaign, WWF International)


The Speakers were..

Francis Sullivan, Leader, Global Forest Campaign, WWF International. Bill Dallas, Executive Director, Enviroplan Services, Ltd (Chair). Diarmuid McAree, Senior Forest Inspector, Forest Service. Gerry Egan, Marketing Manager, Coillte, The Irish Forestry Board. Eugene Hendrick, National Council for Forest Research & Development COFORD. Alan Knight, Quality & Environment Controller, B & Q plc. Duncan Stewart, Architect, Presenter of RTE's 'Our House'. Laurence Roche, Professor Emeritus University of Wales and Honorary Fellow Trinity College Dublin. Pat Gallagher, T.D., Chairman, Foreign Affairs Sub-committee on Overseas Development-Aid (ODA). Justin Stead, Manager, 1995 PLUS Group of Companies. Tim Synnott, Executive Director, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Howard Dalzall, Head of Overseas Operations, Concern Worldwide. Tom Power, Assistant Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry with responsibility for the FOREST SERVICE Tom McDonald, Executive Director, Society of Irish Foresters (SIF)


See the profiles of the internationally renowned speakers who set the stage for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification process in Ireland. To access this historical document please go to http://archive.justforests.com/forests1995/owp/certcon.htm where you will be prompted for Username:justforests and a Password: archive

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