Ireland

Ireland

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).

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.