Irish officials said in February of 2019 that the country will plant around 22 million new trees across the country each year until 2040, hoping to one day have at least 440 million in the ground to help combat the worst effects of climate change.
The ambitious targets were first reported by the Irish Times, which notes that targets for new forestry were part of the government's climate action plan released in June, but specific numbers of trees weren't released. The sweeping proposal hopes to see Ireland transition to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 through a series of measures, including a new carbon tax, increased investment in renewable energy, and a shift in agriculture and land use.
The Irish Times noted that the initiative has already faced some opposition from farmers, who will need to be convinced to set aside some of their lands for the trees to meet the government's targets. But the government has championed the climate plan as an imperative step to safeguard the country's economy against the worst impacts of global warming.