Coillte has unveiled a new forestry plan that includes a target of planting 100,000 hectares of new forest by 2050.
Under the plan, 25 million cubic meters of certified Irish timber will be produced, which will help Ireland meet its housing target of 300,000 new homes by 2030 and increase the use of timber products to grow timber housing from 20% to 80% by 2050 raise.
It would also help meet a third of Ireland’s afforestation target and create a carbon sink of 18 million tonnes of CO2, the semi-public forestry company said. It also plans to enable the €100 million investment to create prime visitor destinations by 2030 and double the number of recreational areas nationwide to 500.
This new strategic vision will lead to the creation of 1,200 direct and indirect jobs.
Coillte said it would engage “extensively” with key stakeholders and the public over the coming weeks to get their views on this new strategic vision for forestry and to ensure it is aligned with the needs of Irish society.
Imelda Hurley, CEO of Coillte, said: “In the face of the climate emergency, Ireland urgently needs to meet ambitious climate change targets and we recognize the vital role Coillte can play in meeting these goals.
“We have developed a comprehensive strategic vision that includes, among other things, planting new forests, managing our existing forests for better carbon sequestration, providing valuable wood products, enhancing biodiversity and creating more incredible recreational spaces.”
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