Consultants to assess Department of Agriculture’s forestry programme

Business consultants RSM McClure Watters has been selected to carry out an ex-ante evaluation, strategic environmental assessment and appropriate assessment of the Department of Agriculture’s new forestry programme for 2014-2020.

Their report is to focus on a consultation process involving both stakeholders and the wider public. The process is expected to begin next month, with details to be announced shortly.

Minister of State Tom Hayes said: “The 2014-2020 forestry programme must take into account new state aid rules, based on the recently published CAP regulations.

“I can reassure those wishing to plant that my department is looking at all options within this new framework to maintain an attractive afforestation scheme for the next six years.”

The signing of this contract signals the beginning of a process which will end in the formal adoption of an ambitious plan for forestry, fully funded by the State.

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