D.3. Forests

Indicator:

D3 – Forests

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Brief description:

The indicator shows the total forest stock area, forest area and wooded land, share of wooded land in country area; forest area by category (forest area designated for protection, for production, for recreational purposes and for the conservation of biodiversity)

Land area for 2018

(percent)



Methodology:

The total forest stock includes:

·      forests growing on the forest stock land and other lands, and wooded land;

·      forest land not covered by forests, and non-forest land within the boundaries of the total forest stock land and other lands designated for forest management;

Forest land is the forest stock land covered by forest as well as not covered by forest but intended for its regeneration (cuttings, burned out areas, waste grounds, clearings, lost forest stands, areas under forest nurseries, plantations and sparse woodlands) allotted for forest management;

Wooded land is the forest stock area covered by tree vegetation, either naturally growing or planted, and shrubs;

Forest area designated for protection comprises forests within the boundaries of water protection zones; forests within the boundaries of the first and second lines of sanitary protection zones of drinking water sources and supply systems; forests within the boundaries of 100-meter-wide strips on either side of the last public railway / highway;

Forest area designated for the conservation of biodiversity comprises forests within the boundaries of protected areas; forests within the boundaries of habitats of wildlife species listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Belarus, handed over for protection to users of land sites and/or water bodies under the procedure established by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus; forests within the boundaries of typical and rare natural landscapes and biotopes handed over for protection to users of land sites and/or water bodies under the procedure established by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus;

Forest area designated for recreational purposes comprises forests within the boundaries of cities (urban forests); forests within five-kilometer, two-kilometer, 500-meter, 100-meter wide strips from the boundaries of Minsk, regional centers, cities of regional subordination, and other settlements respectively, as well as horticultural partnerships and cottage cooperatives, unless otherwise stipulated by urban development projects approved by the President of the Republic of Belarus; forests within 200-meter wide strips from the boundaries of land sites where sanatoria, rest homes, boarding houses, health camps, tourist camps and other medical, sanatorium and health facilities are located;

Forest area designated for production comprises other forests;

Data source:

Administrative data;

Basic data:

Administrative data;
The data producer is the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Belarus.

Forest area by category:

The data producer is the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Belarus.

Relevance of the indicator:

The indicator provides a measure of the state of forests in the country and shows trends in its uses and its protection






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