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Type: Book Chapter
Author: Tuite, Philomena; Brown, David
Book Title: The EU Tropical Forestry Sourcebook
Publisher: Overseas Development Institute
Location: London
Page(s): 231-244
Date: 1998
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4912
Sector: Forestry
Region: Europe
Subject(s): forest policy
foreign aid
project implementation
Abstract: "The history of Ireland is reflected in the history of its forests. The rural idyll which characterises external perceptions of Ireland belies a land which is one of the most deforested in Europe, and whose deforestation has been, to a significant extent, a manifestly political phenomenon. Ireland, never itself a colonial power, was long a colony of another European nation (Britain). This dependent status, and the injustices and hardships which accompanied it (most notably the Great Famine of 1845-9), have had their influence on Irish attitudes to humanitarian aid. They have contributed to the solidarity which many Irish people feel with the developing world, a solidarity underwritten by Ireland's long history of missionary work and its prominent role in international peacekeeping and humanitarian affairs."

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