27April2017

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Expanding the forest resource in Wicklow

County Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland has a rich tradition in forestry. It has the largest proportionate forest cover by county with 22% of the land area in forestry. While over 15,000 hectares of this forest area is already in private ownership, significant further opportunities exist for farmers and landowners to diversify into a forest enterprise and thereby capitalize on an outstanding natural resource. 

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    The danger of forest fires: be prepared.

    Uncontrolled wildfires can have devastating consequences. We can all help protecting our countryside, forest resource, and property by being vigilant and being prepared.

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      GLDA Helps Make-A-Wish Foundation's 2000th Wish Come True with Magical Fairy Garden

      GLDA were delighted to help Make-A-Wish Ireland make their 2000th wish come true. David Shortall MGDLA designed and project managed this Magical Fairy Garden for a little girl called Brooke.

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        International Best Practice Being Shared in Galway to Support Vibrant Food Chains

        Teagasc hosted 20 EU experts in Galway for a 2-day meeting on the 10th and 11th of April to examine short food supply chains. This network, known as the SKIN (Short Supply Chain Knowledge and Innovation Network) project, is looking to identify best practice in short food chains across Europe to develop economically resilient chains that provide environmental and social benefits to the regions in which they are located.

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          Data on 15000 chemicals now available to use

          Key information on around 15000 chemicals can now be downloaded and used. Researchers, regulatory authorities, and businesses can use it – not least to improve the safe use of chemicals, enable innovation and help avoid the unnecessary testing of chemicals on animals.

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            Ecological Focus Areas Show Potential for Helping Biodiversity

            report from the European Commission shows that ecological focus areas (EFAs) can contribute to addressing the impact of some farming practices on the environment, by bringing potential positive effects for biodiversity, and for soil, water and climate. The report covers the first two years since the introduction of EFAs in 2015 through new rules governing direct payments to farmers.

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              Children’s Eating Habits in Ireland

              In summary, Irish parents are encouraging their children to snack on more fresh fruit and vegetables when eating at home and are looking to reduce their intake of sugar to improve their children’s eating habits and better manage their weight.

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                Ireland and The UK’s Food and Drink Industries Positioned to Stand Strong as the Brexit Process Formally Begins

                This week finally brought about the triggering of Article 50 by Theresa May, allowing for the formal procedures of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union to commence. Wednesday marked the beginning of a 2-year period for the terms of the withdrawal to be finalized, with official negotiations between Britain and the European Commission regarding any potential exit package likely to start in early June.

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