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Killeen Addresses Drafting Meeting of the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe

Mr. Tony Killeen TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food addressed the drafting meeting of the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE) in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin. The purpose of this meeting was to finalise the Pan-European Afforestation and Reforestation Guidelines in the Context of Climate Change and was attended by delegates from all over Europe.

Minister Killeen spoke of the critical role played by forests in the global challenge presented by climate change and highlighted the Irish Government's commitment to securing both long-term energy security and a low carbon future. He urged all delegates to ensure that agreement was finally reached on these most relevant and timely guidelines.

The MCPFE is a pan-European regional process comprising 46 Member States, the European Commission, and a broad range of policy stakeholders representing industry, environmental, social and cultural dimensions of forests. Its headquarters are currently in Oslo, Norway.

Date Released: 17 September 2008