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Minister Connick announces award of €3 Million for Forestry research

The Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Seán Connick TD, today announced grant assistance by the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food totalling €3 million under the COFORD Research Programme.

The Minister said that the selected research projects cover important areas within the forestry sector. Most of the projects will be of 3 to 5 years duration and will involve inter-institutional collaboration. The research involved will be of a 'public good' nature and the results will be made freely available.

The Minister was pleased that three research projects relating to forest energy were selected for assistance.  He said "This is an area of particular interest due to the environmental advantages of forest-derived fuels, the increasing cost of fossil fuels, and the opportunity for forest owners to develop wood fuel, a traditional forest product, in a way that will contribute to meeting the energy needs of modern society".

The Minister went on to say that "the main objectives of the COFORD forest research programme are to support sustainable and competitive forestry practices and policies and to contribute to building and maintaining a knowledge economy and scientific research in a vibrant forestry sector".

Minister Connick stated that the projects now being funded should produce benefits not only for producers but also for the wider rural community. They will also contribute to improved collaboration between various research institutions and to the establishment of critical mass in certain research areas.

A list of the projects to be grant aided is attached.

Forest Energy 2010-13 WIT
Facilitating the supply of woodchip from forest plantations for a major heat user Teagasc  194,750 
Ecotoxicological and growth promoting properties of wood ash  UCC 162,927
Combined research on riparian woodland UCD 303,560
Broadleaf Silviculture Programme Teagasc 986,206
Low Impact Silvicultural Systems in Ireland  UCD 351,065

Editors Note

Since 1 August 2009 Coford has been subsumed under the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.


Date Released: 17 May 2010