Sustainable Forest Management Ireland (SFMI) to Host National Conference

Sustainable Forest Management Ireland, SFMI, the organisation formerly known as FSC Ireland, is hosting a national conference on forest management certification in Ireland, on Thursday, 30th June 2016, in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin.

SFMI aims to promote sustainable management of Ireland’s forests through information, advocacy and education on independent forest management certification schemes.

The conference will be addressed by Minister Andrew Doyle, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry.

This national event will bring together the major players in forest management certification, including representatives of certification schemes, certifying bodies, the Forest Service as well as private growers. Examples of best practice and group certification will also be discussed on the day.

Forest certification has been identified as a potential barrier to mobilisation and sale of timber from the private growers in Ireland and this event will discuss issues and solutions around many aspects of certification.

The event will be of great interest to all private timber growers, farmers, timber processors, NGOs and any group with an interest in promoting sustainable management in Ireland’s forests.

SFMI is a non-profit voluntary organisation, whose membership includes organisations such as Teagasc, IFA, Coillte, UCD, Eco-tourism Ireland, Society of Irish Foresters as well as individual members.