Irish forestry and overseas development aid.

  • R.M. Keogh Forest and Wildlife Service, Sidmonton Place, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
Keywords: Development aid, overseas aid, deforestation, conservation, tropical forestry, environment.


An area of dense forest, greater than the size of the Republic of Ireland is being cleared each year in the tropics. This is equivalent to deforestating the Phoenix Park every 50 minutes (Gorta, 1985a). Tropical deforestation, with the consequential problems of erosion, water-shed mismanagement, loss of potential forest produce (fuelwood, lumber, fodder, food in some cases) and loss of habitat for both flora and fauna "can reasonably be seen as the most important forest question of our time" (Anonymous, 1982b)...
How to Cite
Keogh, R. (1986) “Irish forestry and overseas development aid.”, Irish Forestry. Available at: (Accessed: 18April2024).