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National coordinator

Brian Clifford
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
Agriculture House 3 West, Kildare Street
Dublin 2 , Ireland  [2]

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Letter of Agreement signed on 28 Nov 2014

Member since 2000


  • Brian Clifford, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
  • Gerry Douglas, Teagasc Kinsealy Research Centre
  • Colin Kelleher, National Botanic Gardens
  • Stuart Kennedy , Coillte Tree Improvement Centre
  • Conor O’Reilly, School of Agriculture & Food Science
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    Focal point

    Brian Clifford
    Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)

    Management of forest genetic resources in Ireland

    Since the earliest times in the development of the Irish forestry programme the importance of genetic resources has been fully recognized. However, the conservation of forest genetic resources actually commenced when Ireland became a member of EUFORGEN towards the end of the 1990’s.

    Further developments took place in September 2000, when under the adages of COFORD, an informal group was convened to develop a discussion paper towards a strategy for gene conservation and tree improvement of Ireland’s most important indigenous broadleaf and coniferous species. From this and subsequent meetings, the first strategy for the management of Ireland’s forest genetic resources was developed.

    More recently, in 2005 a Working Group was established by COFORD to progress the development of a strategy for the management of Ireland’s forest genetic resources.  This group published an outline strategy – 'Sustaining and Developing Ireland’s Forest Genetic Resource' (COFORD 2007 PDF  [3]).

    In October 2010 a call for proposals was published under the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food strategy for the development of forest genetic resources which included a call for developing a national gene conservation strategy for native and non-native forest trees of national importance. This call will focus on:

    This programme became operational in 2011.

    Further information

    Council for Forest Research and Development  [4] (COFORD)

    External publications

    EUFORGEN publications

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