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Proposed Government Timber Procurement Policy receives unanimous suppo

Presentation by Just Forests to a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment Heritage & Local Government on the need for a 'National Timber Procurement Policy' 13th May 2009.

15th May 2009

A proposal that the Government should have a National Timber Procurement Policy has received unanimous support from the members of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. In a presentation to the committee by Offaly-based forest education/awareness group Irish Woodworkers for Africa T/A Just Forests

The chairman, of the Committee Deputy Sean Fleming, T.D., stated “We will comply with Mr. Roche’s three requests. First, we will ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the position regarding the FLEGT process. Second, we will ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to ensure that this matter is dealt with in legislation. Third, if Mr. Roche provides a copy of Offaly County Council’s policy, we will circulate it to all other local authorities asking them to consider putting in place similar policies”.

This is a great step forward according to Tom Roche, co-ordinator of Just Forests. “We have been working towards this end for 20 years.”

Just Forests supplied two documents in advance of the meeting for circulation to committee members.

Presentation [Download]
Historical background research to this submission - TIMBER LOGGING POLICY BROCHURE 09  - Download

The official report of Just Forests presentation to the Joint Committee on Environment, Heritage and local Government is available here...Read official report

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