IRELAND — Minister Pippa Hackett, received a study from COFORD on voluntary private forest certification in Ireland. …The study establishes that fewer than 6% of private forests in Ireland are certified and provides a series of recommendations to help increase certification. Welcoming the publication the Minister said: “This study on voluntary certification clearly outlines the importance of increasing the area of certified forest in Ireland. While state forests have been certified since 2001 the extent of certification in the private sector remains too low and can be a barrier to market access for those owners. …The two main certification bodies that currently operate in Ireland are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).