Ireland has no public procurement policy for timber. As an EU Member State, Ireland is required to implement the EU Timber Regulation, which came into force in March 2013.
About 10% of Ireland’s land area is forested, of which 90% are plantations. Just under 60% of these forests are state-owned. Forest cover has increased over the period 1990 to 2015, although the rate of this has slowed. Between 1990 and 2000, the area of forest increased by 3.7% annually, and for the period 2010-15, this had dropped to 0.9% (FAO, 2015).