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Minister Wallace announces funding of €100,000 targeted at Forestry in developing countries

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food, Mary Wallace TD, has today announced a voluntary donation of €100,000 to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in support of the National Forestry Programme Facility, which has been running since mid-2002. This funding is part of Ireland's Official Development Assistance and underscores Ireland's aim to build systems that can support long term and sustainable solutions for developing countries.

In announcing the funding, Minister Wallace stressed the critical role of the FAO Forestry Facility and stated "the Facility plays a important part in assisting developing countries to put in place national forest programmes, that can yield real long term benefits and positively impact on national poverty reduction strategies through the provision of forest products and sustainable employment".

The FAO National Forestry Programme helps developing countries support sustainable forest management and has a strong focus on poverty reduction. The programme also helps developing countries to meet international commitments and integrate these into their national programmes.

This donation is in addition to a previous donation of €150,000 made to the FAO National Forestry Programme in 2005. The programme is also supported by the European Commission and other EU Member States.

28 December 2006

NOTE FOR EDITORS

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations was founded in 1945 with a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the conditions of rural populations. Since its inception, FAO has worked to alleviate poverty and hunger by promoting agricultural development, improved nutrition and the pursuit of food security. FAO is one of the largest specialised agencies in the United Nations system and the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. The Department of Agriculture and Food pays an annual subscription to support the work of the FAO, which amounted to nearly €1.15 million in 2006.

Date Released: 28 December 2006