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Forest Friends Ireland - Biodiversity Week

Written in Irish Issues: 05/11/08, 10:39:34 by jonathan  | Print article  | View all categories.
It would appear that some of the major Irish environmental non governmental orgasisations are prepared to celebrate national biodiversity week, which begins next weekend and ignore the points raised by Ray Monaghan in yesterday's breaking news on this web site. They are not prepared to confront Coillte and the Forest Service for their monoculture forestry practices deeply damaging to our environment. Forest Friends have devised their biodiversity week to include a press conference on Wednesday morning the 21st. May in the Ilac Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street Dublin commencing at 11.00 in order to highlight the deficiencies in the status quo and to try and influence change. The following is the full Forest Friends programme of events for the week:

Forest Friends Ireland/Cáirde na Coille Programme to celebrate National Biodiversity Week, May 18th. - 25th. MAY 2008,  BIODIVERSITY DAY  22nd. May, and finishing with a grand celebration of bodiversity and cultural diversilty on the 27th. May. For Information contact John Haughton 01 8325415 or 0876198265 email jjhaughton@gmail.com.
For Ilac Library events : Deirdre O'Reilly, Librarian, Open Learning Centre:  Ph: 8733025: Our special thanks to the Central Library, ILAC Center, Dublin City Council  and  Dublin's Lord Mayor for making the Oak Room available.
NB : Programme may be subject to change. Details correct at 1/5/08 – check details close to the events

Details of event
Mon.19th. To Sat. 24th
Ilac Library, Ilac, Shopping Centre, Henry St. Dublin.
Photographic exhibition and audio visual presentation of the Glencree Valley Conservation Project
Mon. 12th. And Mon 19th.
NEAR 90.3 FM Civic Centre, Bunratty Rd. Coolock
Celebrating  biodiversity and cultural diversity, and the Forest Friends programme of events for biodiversity week with readings and recordings from the works of John Moriarty and John O'Donohue and the Forest Friends Poetry Anthology “Seeing the Wood and the Trees”
Sun. 18th. 11.30-1.30
Bull Island, Dollymount
Exploring the dune habitats and  the flora and fauna of Bull Island, Dollymount, Dublin - Meet outside the Intrepretative Centre. The island has the rare UNESCO classification as a 'Biosphere'.
Sun. 18th. 3.30-5.00
St. Anne's Park, Raheny, Dublin.
Rose Garden  walk and tree identification in the Millineum Arboretum.  Meet in the  Rose Gardenand divide into small groups.
St. Anne's Park is just accross the road from the Bull Island.
Tues. 20th. 6.00-7.45
Ilac Library Conference Room
Talk about the work of Forest Friends in Ireland and Ghana, with illustrations from our web site,  a report on our recent visit to Ghana, and an audio visual presentation of the Glencree Conservation Project.
Wed. 21st. 11.00
Ilac Library, Conference Room
Press Conference Bringing biodiversity into Irish Forestry - obstacles, problems and prospects.  Forest Friends, the Irish Environmental and Social Stakeholders (IESS) and the Glencree Valley Conservation Study Group. Are Coillte and the Forest  Service for turning?  Open forum discussion.
Wed. 21st. 2.30
Conference Room
Launch of  (1) Forest Friends World Schools Butterfly Conservation Project and (2)  Forest Friends Irish Diaspora Biodiversity Year Planting Project – with continuous computerised recording of flower, shrub and tree plantings by members of the Irish Diaspora throughout the world.
Wed. 21st.  6.00-7.45
Ilac Library Conference Room
Dublin City Council “Biodiversity Action Plan” 2008-2012 Discussion and analysis. Open forum.
Thurs. 22nd.
Ilac Library
Conference Room
Celebrating the biodiversity and beauty of our Dublin City Parks and our native woodlands with an audio visual presentation – How you can become involved in conservation  of woodlands and tree plantings - from Glencree to Ghana.  
Thurs. 22nd. 6.00-7.45
Ilac Library Conference Room
Celebrating the tropical rainforests of Ghana with talks and presentations by Joseph Sarpong, Laurence Blankson and Ato Prah. Official launch of the “Neart” Project linking Irish and Ghanaian  Forest Friends.  

Ceremonial Tree Planting – details to be arranged
Sat. 24th.
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin.
Meet outside the front gates and divide into small groups for self -conducted tour of discovery. Use leaflets available in visitor centre. These historic gardens are famous for their glass house restorations and their plant collections.
Sun. 25th. 11.30-8.00

Bus tour  Glencree Valley,  Co. Wicklow.
Bus leaves Liberty Hall, Dublin,  at 11.30 – Travels through Enniskerry, Knockree and the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, and arrives back in Dublin at about 8. p.m.
Tues. 27th. 7.30-10.30
Oak Room, Mansion House, Kildare St. Dublin
A grand celebration of biodiversity  and cultural diversity with readings from the Forest Friends Poetry  Anthology, “Seeing the Wood and the Trees” and  the writings of John O'Donohue and John Moriarty.
Forest Friends/Cáirde na Coille web site: www.forestfriends.ie or www.cairdenacoille.org.
All events are free and open to the public, with the exception of the bus tour, where there will be a charge of €5 for members and €10 for non members.