The COFORD Council for Forest Research and Development is a representative body from the Forest Sector in Ireland. The Council advises the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine on research and developmental issues. The Council has convened groups in the following areas:
Forest Management Planning
The Groups will report over the course of 2013 - 2014.
Forest Sector Development Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine provides the secretariat for the Council and carries out work in forest policy, climate change, wood products and fuels, and forest statistics.
The COFORD research programme is the responsibility of the Research, Food and CODEX Co-ordination Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Publications and reports
The report analyses the full range of issues impacting on the level of wood mobilisation, including: current and projected roundwood supply/demand dynamics and measures, forest rotation length, forest roads and roading, provision of harvest information to growers, road haulage and transport technology, training, environmental designations and research and development. It addresses these and other topics through 40 specific recommendations.
Submission by Ireland (February 2015) on actions at national level of land use, land-use change and forestry (pdf 1,423Kb)
Draft Bioenergy Plan Issued by the The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
COFORD Connects Notes
- Woodflow and forest-based biomass energy use on the island of Ireland (2013) (pdf 1,369Kb)
- Woodflow and forest-based biomass energy use on the island of Ireland (2012) (pdf 418Kb)
- Ash content of Irish woodfuel. (pdf 266Kb)
- Drying of firewood. (pdf 212Kb)
- Calorific value of Irish woodfuels. (pdf 259Kb)
- An overview of the 2012 UNECE Timber Committee Meeting. (pdf 309Kb)
- Identifying and characterising hybrid `brown bud' ash in Ireland. (pdf 755Kb)
- An overview of roundwood harvest and forest products markets in the UNECE region in 2013 (pdf 623Kb) This is a preliminary version of a new COFORD Connects note.
A Guide to the Valuation of Commercial Forest Plantations
Authors: Henry Phillips, Daragh Little, Tom McDonald and John Phelan
Events and Presentations
GROWFOR Workshop - Friday 6th February 2015 (pdf 69Kb)
GROWFOR Workshop - A further workshop will take place in early 2015. A limited number of places are available. The cost of the workshop is €100. Prior registration and payment is essential - email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of payment.
Launch of COFORD report 2012-2013 and Forestry 2030 papers
Tom Hayes T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, launched the COFORD Report for 2012-2013. (pdf 346Kb) and a range of papers `Forestry 2030’ on the 27 June 2014.
In addition to developing a new national forest strategy, in collaboration with the Research and Codex Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, COFORD identified three priority issues in February 2012, namely the afforestation programme, forest management planning, and mobilisation of roundwood and formed Council Working Groups, chaired by Council members, to address the issues. The Annual Report outlines the progress made by each Working Group on the various issues.
The Council also updated its Forestry 2030 policy papers on ‘Irish Forestry and the Economy (pdf 95Kb) , ‘Irish Forests and Climate Change (pdf 96Kb) ’, ‘Irish Forests and Renewable Energy (pdf 234Kb) ’, ‘Irish Forests and Biodiversity (pdf 101Kb) ’, and Irish Forests and Recreation (pdf 171Kb) ’. The Minister of State welcomed the publication of the papers and noted that “There are often general statements made about the importance of the forestry sector to the Irish economy and society. These papers give the facts and the figures to support those statements and the fact that they have been issued by COFORD, a respected and reputable body, enables us to rely on those figures”.
Launch of Forest Policy Review Report 'Forests, Products and People'
Tom Hayes, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, formally launched the final report and recommendations of the Forestry Policy Review Group, entitled ‘Forests, Products and People – Ireland’s forest policy – a renewed vision’, in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin.
COFORD Newsletter - Forestry and Wood Update 2014 -Volume 14 Number 1 (pdf 607Kb)
The Wood Awards – innovative design and use of wood products
The Wood Marketing Federation, with sponsorship from the Department of the Agriculture, Food and the Marine, is organising a major national initiate – the national Wood Awards – with eight separate categories related to the use of wood and wood products. Entries to be submitted by 31 July 2014 - see www.wood.ie. Brochure (pdf 751Kb)