Local Authorities play a significant role in promoting 'sustainable' development and they must lead by example:
A proposal that the Government should have a National Timber Procurement Policy has received unanimous support from the members of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
In a presentation to the committee by Offaly-based forest education/awareness group Just Forests,the chairman of the Committee Deputy Sean Fleming, T.D., stated “We will comply with Mr. Roche’s three requests. First, we will ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the position regarding the FLEGT process. Second, we will ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to ensure that this matter is dealt with in legislation. Third, if Mr. Roche provides a copy of Offaly County Council’s policy, we will circulate it to all other local authorities asking them to consider putting in place similar policies”.
This is a great step forward according to Tom Roche, co-ordinator of Just Forests. “We have been working towards this end for 20 years.”
Just Forests supplied two documents in advance of the meeting for circulation to committee members.
1. Timber Policy Brochure [Download]
2.Timber Policy Summary [Download]
3.Actual Presentation by Just Forests [Download]
The official report of Just Forests presentation to the Joint Committee on Environment, Heritage and local Government is available.
What Your Local Authority is Doing?
Remember Deputy Sean Fleming, TD, has already informed all local authorities about the need for a 'responsible timber policy'. So get involved.