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Farmers need new incentives to embrace the Government’s forestry targets

By Mark McAuley
Farming Independent
February 7, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

There are international campaigns to plant millions of trees as a way to reduce our net carbon emissions and head towards ‘net zero’. …Ireland’s forests cover only 11pc of the country (the lowest in the EU) but contain over 300 million tonnes of carbon. Each year, they absorb an additional 3.8 millions tonnes of CO2. The Government’s Climate Action Plan suggests that we need to close a gap of 100 million tonnes of CO2 this decade – the difference between business as usual and measures required to meet our EU commitments. …But the current Forestry Programme is not delivering the 8,000 hectares of new forests each year that are called for in the action plan. …Farmers are the future of forestry in Ireland. It is vital that they are properly rewarded for planting trees and are fully supported by the system.

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