Forest Friends Ireland Objectives
- To bring about a change in the present status quo, whereby forestry policy in Ireland is based primarily on a monoculture, a single species, namely Sitka Spruce.
- To work towards the achievement of a policy based on biodiversity and continuous canopy, in accordance with the principles annunciated in the Convention on Biodiversity, at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit 1992.
- Re-establish a culture of forests.
- Develop cross-border and cross-cultural projects.
- Use 100% native/near native, mainly broadleaf and native coniferous species from native seed stock.
- Promote ethical investment in forests including core funding.
- Protect Rainforests and other major centers of biodiversity and cultural diversity.
- Create a Great Irish Forest.
- Achieve a key stakeholder role for local communities.
- Use a Local Agenda 21 approach.
- Develop tree nurseries. Conserve native woodlands, develop new woodlands.
- Oppose clear felling.
- Promote forest trusts.
- Promote sustainable economic systems inclusive of the economies of nature.
- Promote the arts in the context of our environment.
- To create and preserve a center of excellence of biodiverse forest habitats/native woodlands, ideally in the context of existing native woodlands, demonstrating best practice in management, and including coppicing and the promotion and development of woodcrafts.
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