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Minister of State Killeen Delivers Opening Address to the 16th Annual European Forest Institute Conference, Dublin Castle

Speaking at the opening of the European Forest Institute (EFI) Conference in Dublin Castle today, Tony Killeen TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with responsibility for Forestry, spoke of the need for European countries through the EFI to work together and pool resources to seek solutions to climate change and to advance our knowledge base. The EFI, he said, "Is gradually becoming a European Forest laboratory without walls, where resources are shared and solutions found". He emphasised that failure with regard to climate change is not an option.

Minister of State Killeen highlighted the fact that Ireland's full membership of the EFI "will open up a new relationship with other member countries".  He went on to say how he will follow closely the role that Ireland and the EFI can play together in advancing the European forest knowledge base.

The Minister of State thanked the Chairman of the EFI, Konstantin von Teuffel, and the Director, Dr. Risto Paivinen, and the entire EFI membership for giving Ireland the privilege of hosting the conference.  He welcomed the 154 delegates from 33 countries from Europe and beyond and expressed the hope that they would find the Conference both stimulating and informative. 

Note for Editors

The EFI is an independent non-governmental organisation conducting European forest research. The Institutes' work forms an extensive researcher network across Europe, promoting and conducting research on forests, forestry and forestry products.

There are three Irish associate members of the EFI (UCD, Coillte and the Forest Service of DAFF).

Date Released: 03 September 2009