A National Hedgerow Conservation Strategy — this is a missed opportunity to link biodiversity conservation and climate action. Instead, the Government proposes to commission a study by 2021 to quantify the climate mitigation and adaptation potential of hedgerows.
Prioritise a forestry model of native trees and biodiversity-rich woodlands in the right place, including riparian planting
Commission an independent review of Coillte to ensure that the commercial semi-state body manages its large public land bank in a climate resilient manner
Review the Forestry Act 1988 which established Coillte to ensure that policy is consistent with the objective of environmental, social and economic sustainability in this sector If adopted by the Government, these recommendations could help clear the decks for the State to forge a climate action plan for the following decades that puts Ireland on track to do our fair share to meet our climate commitments.