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 convened groups in the following areas:
Forest Management Planning (pdf 544Kb)
For the relevant group report please click on the titles above. The Land Availability Report is currently in preparation.
COFORD report 2012-2013 and Forestry 2030 papers
The Council also updated its Forestry 2030 policy papers on Irish Forestry and the Economy, Irish Forests and Climate Change, Irish Forests and Renewable Energy, Irish Forests and Biodiversity, and Irish Forests and Recreation and produced the COFORD report 2012-2013.
Forest Sector Development/COFORD Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine provides the secretariat for the Council.
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.
Forest Management Planning Group
Forest Management Planning (pdf 544Kb) Summary Report.
The Report looked at ways to devise and implement a national system of forest management planning for forests, in order to facilitate best practice, efficient and cost effective management and use of the national forest resource both state and privately owned with due reference to the Report of the Forest Policy Review Group.
Forest Research Ireland
The purpose of the Forest Research Ireland (FORI) Report is to capture specific policy, knowledge and production focused research topics and ideas relevant to the needs of forest stakeholders.
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
A recent SEAI Report outlines that greater use of biomass could contribute to achievement of the 2020 renewable heat target results and generate positive macroeconomic impacts and net employment in Ireland.
In terms of biomass in renewable electricity, net employment benefits only arise if solid biomass is sourced in Ireland rather than imported. Potential exists for 1,500 net jobs to be created in 2020, mainly in the agriculture and forestry sectors, through the domestic supply of solid biomass. Conversely, when solid biomass is imported, combined with an assumed increase in electricity prices, there is an estimated net loss of jobs in the economy.
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 754Kb)
- 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
Forests, products and people
The final report and recommendations of the Forestry Policy Review Group, entitled Forests, products and people – Ireland’s forest policy – a renewed vision, and the associated Strategic Environmental Assessment was issued by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine in June 2014.
Events and Presentations
GROWFOR Workshops – Due to ongoing demand, there will be a series of further GROWFOR workshops in 2015. A limited number of places are available for each workshop. To declare interest in a place on a future workshop or to book a place please contact Paddy Purser by email - firstname.lastname@example.org. Workshop dates will be advertised through normal forestry channels when dates are set. The cost of each workshop is €100. Prior registration and payment is essential - email email@example.com for details of payment.
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, presents the tenth annual Third Level Student Wood Awards in 2015. These are now regarded as the premier awards for third level students of architecture, engineering and design in Ireland who specialise in making work in timber and timber products. The awards are open to students who incorporate wood as an inherent element in their projects. Entries to be submitted by 9 June 2015 - see http://www.wood.ie/category/student-wood-awards