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Worldwide forested lands are coming under increasing economic pressure - from Ireland to the Amazon...

Sale of Coillte forests will restrict public access and place up to 12,000 Irish jobs at risk and selling forestry rights would put Coillte's internationally-recognised Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification at risk, which could undermine the quality of - and prices for - Irish wood products.

Government plans to sell the rights to harvest Coillte forests for up to 80 years will "destroy the character and quality of Irish forests and limit countryside access for walkers, cyclists, school groups and the general public," according a new report launched recently..More

3-3-2013: ONLY   to enforcement of the new EU Timber Regulation (EU TR).
Are you ready? More...

The Amazon is not for SALE: Indigenous leaders from the Ecuadorian Amazon have traveled to Houston to challenge the Ecuadorian government face-to-face during its XI Round oil concession promotional activities around the North America Prospect Expo (NAPE), the oil prospecting industry's semi-annual trade show where government officials scheduled meetings with oil company executives and investors seeking to auction off a vast swath of pristine Amazon rainforest. More...

We need our forests for recreation also...

All talk-no Action!
The following slide show captures the reality on the ground of just how ineffective the calls to support Irish jobs in the timber/panelboard sector has been-with the main culprits often statutory bodies, central and local government ENTER...

15 December, 2012 - Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has confirmed Coillte is selling forestry land in Co Donegal by public tender, but the transaction... More...

8 January 2013
See Duncan Stewart’s ECO EYE on RTE which deals with this issue http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10101082/

 

28 January, 2013
Forest harvest rights sale not justifiable - study by economist Dr. Peter Bacon on RTE Radio. A new study has found that the sale of the harvesting rights of Ireland's forests could not be justified economically.
The report, commissioned by the Coillte branch of IMPACT, found any economic benefit would be outweighed by the liabilities the State would incur.
It said the State would remain liable for costs of €1.3bn following a sale of the harvesting rights.
It found that Coillte would need to sell the rights at almost double its average selling price, around €78 per m3, in order for the State to cover those costs.
The study also found that there was nothing to suggest this would be possible.
Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, the report's author, Peter Bacon, said that while the Government would get a lump sum now, it would forgo future profits, while also being left with residual costs. http://www.rte.ie/news/player/2013/0128/20146331-economist-peter-bacon-talks-about-his-study-on-the-harvesting-rights-of-irelands-forests/

Restructuring of Coillte seen as 'smoke screen' for sell off of State assets - Joint Press Release by Just Forests and INFF re Coillte
application/pdfcoilltefsc-pr-jf-inff-final.pdf (78.8 KB)
Report by Dr Peter Bacon on the proposed Sale of Coillte Timber Rights
application/pdfBaconForestryFinalReport1.pdf (767.69 KB)
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