National Forestry Conference 2009
Forestry in challenging times - options and opportunities
Friday 27 March 2009, Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise
In the current challenging economic climate, with the situation changing on an almost daily basis, forestry stands as an investment that creates real wealth and sustainable employment. Forests are a renewable, natural resource, and provide a good return on investment for the private investor and for the state.
As economic and environmental conditions evolve, new opportunities, including climate change mitigation, renewable energy and new building practices are emerging as new markets for forest products and services. Now is the time to grasp these opportunities and move the forest industry into a new phase.
The conference is organised by the National Council for Forest Research and Development (COFORD), the Society of Irish Foresters (SIF), the Irish Farmers Association (Farm Forestry) (IFA) and the Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA).
Welcome address - Michael Lynn, COFORD Chairman
Chair: Diarmuid McAree, Chief Forestry Inspector, Forest Service
Opening and keynote address: The EU climate change and energy package, what will it mean for Irish forestry? - Minister Trevor Sargent, TD, Minister of State for Food and Horticulture, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
DOWNLOAD PDF: The contribution of forestry to the national economy (pdf 51Kb) - Dr Richard Moloney, Centre for Policy Studies, University College Cork
DOWNLOAD PDF: The real rate of return from forestry - and who gets it (pdf 1,918Kb) - John Phelan, Managing Director Woodland Managers Limited
DOWNLOAD PDF: Forestry - protecting our pensions (pdf 801Kb) - Brendan Lacey, Chief Executive Irish Forestry Unit Trust (IForUT) and ITGA Chairman
Chair: Pat Hennessy, National Chairman, IFA Farm Forestry Committee
Emerging opportunities for forestry and wood in the green economy - Duncan Stewart, Architect and broadcaster
DOWNLOAD PDF: Coilltes business - expanding beyond timber (pdf 492Kb) - Tim Crowley, Managing Director Coillte Forest
Closing remarks - Kevin J Hutchinson, President Society of Irish Foresters
This is a recognised event under the Society of Irish Foresters Programme of Continuous Professional Development (CPD), equivalent to 8 points.
Registration fee: 75 euros (40 euro student rate)
Venue: Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Tel: 057 863 1200. http://www.thekilleshin.com