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An examination of the need for Afforestation in Northern Ireland.

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McPhillips, K, Taylor, John and Lavery, D (2007) An examination of the need for Afforestation in Northern Ireland. In: Effects of afforestation on ecosystems, landscape and rural development., Reykholt, Iceland . TemaNord. 343 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

Northern Ireland is the least forested country in the European Union withonly 6% forest cover. Despite having one of the most suitable climates for growing conifers, previous afforestation schemes within the regionhave been unsuccessful. The main aim of this research is to examine theneed for further afforestation programmes in Northern Ireland and todetermine the impacts expansion schemes will have on the local community.The work presented describes the current forestry situation in NorthernIreland and discusses the forthcoming independent forest strategy. Italso highlights the region’s potential with regard to its timber production industry and obtainable woodland cover. In this paper the region’s afforestation schemes are examined and the specific reasons for the success andfailures are identified. This research provides recommendations for Northern Ireland Forestry and attempts to aid the region in meeting its global commitment of promoting sustainable development.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > The Belfast School of Architecture
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
ID Code:14798
Deposited By:Dr Karen Davison
Deposited On:30 Aug 2010 10:15
Last Modified:08 Mar 2012 11:06

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