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Forest Research & Development

Forest Research is co-ordinated by the Research Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine while the Development work is undertaken within the Forestry Division.

The Department is assisted in this work by COFORD Council, an advisory body consisting of representatives from the forestry sector, in order:

  • To establish and strengthen links between research and industry;
  • To advise on forest research needs to maintain international competitiveness;
  • To provide sustainable employment, encourage innovation and enhance environmental services, and
  • To monitor research programmes and information transfer to ensure maximum benefit.

The Department provides funding, under the National Development Programme 2007-2013, for research and development in the forestry sector under the following programmes:

  • Research and Development Programme:
    Grant aid for public good research and development in support of the overall competitiveness and public good contribution of the forest sector in Ireland;
  • Networking and Knowledge Transfer Programme:
    Grant aid for researcher training and mobility and for seminars and workshops based on research and development findings, with the overall objective of improving forest research competence and performance;
  • Information Transfer Programme:
    Effective transfer of forest R&D findings through events, publications and web media in support of the overall competitiveness and public good contribution of the forest sector in Ireland.

The following services are also provided:

  • Climate change and forests -
    Highlights the role of forests in climate change mitigation;
  • GROWFOR - Modelling and valuing forest growth -
    Increases the return to the state and the grower from forests;
  • Windthrow - Estimating windthrow probability in forest plantations in Ireland - Reduce the cost and incidence of windthrow damage in forests in support of sustainable forest management;
  • Woodspec - specifier's guide to Irish timber
    Increase the use of wood products in construction, drawing on R&D findings;
  • Wood Energy - -
    Develop the wood energy sector in Ireland in accordance with government policy on increasing the use of renewable energy.

For more information contact the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 6072487/6072559, All services are listed under the Tools and Services tab at