Last update of indicator 20.12.2021
Concept of Agricultural Development of the Slovak Republic 2013 – 2020 (2013)
Strategic goal: Ensuring sustainable forest management
Priority goals within the ecological aspect of sustainable forest management:
National Forest Programme of the Slovak Republic (2007)
Strategic goal 1: Support of ecological forest management
Priority 1: Support of forest management rooted in nature
Priority 3: Supporting preservation, improvement and increase of biodiversity
Strategic goal 2: Improvement and protection of the environment
Priority 4: Mitigation of impacts of climate change and support of adaptation of forests to the impacts of climate change
The updated National Biodiversity Strategy to the year 2020 (2014)
Main goal by 2020
Halting biodiversity loss and degradation of ecosystems and their services in the Slovak Republic until 2020, ensuring the restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems to an appropriate extent and the prevention of biodiversity loss on a global scale.
Area D Combating the spread of invasive species
Goal D.7 Ensure that the negative impact of invasive species on biodiversity and ecosystems in Slovakia is mitigated by 2020.
Ensure the preservation of the area of primeval and natural forests, prevent their further fragmentation and promote forest regeneration, while securing compensatory mechanisms to cover losses, prioritize alternative management practices with high added value.
Continuously identify and control the spread in invasive species and their spread pathways through which they expand to the territory of Slovakia.
|Change since 2005||Change since 2015||Last year-on-year change|
|In the long term, the development in terms of sustainable forest management is favourable in all the indicators evaluated.||In the medium term, the development of sustainable forest management continues to be favourable.||All the relevant indicators have developed favourably year-on-year, except for the share of natural regeneration.|
|Year||Total standing volume (thous. m3)||m3 / 1 ha|
The increase of total standing volume was due to a higher (above-normal) areal representation of old-growth forests over 70 years of age. These haven´t yet achieved harvest age and thus there was no felling in these areas. For these reasons their volume is culminating. It is expected that this stock will decrease in the coming years as a consequence of gradual change in the age structure.
|% tree representation|
There are also introduced tree species in Slovak Forests (e.g. Black Locust, Euroamerican poplars, Black Pine, as well as Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Eastern White Pine, Northern Red Oak, Sweet and Horse Chestnut and Boxelder Maple). Introduced tree species represent a total of 12 species and their share is about 2.9%. Their area does not increase in the long term, with the exception of expansive Black Locust, which is the most widespread invasive tree species and it also spreads on non-forest land. Boxelder Maple and Chinese Sumac are becoming problematic.
Share of introduced tree species on forest land (%)
|Introduced tree species||%|
|Other coniferous: Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Eastern White Pine||0.07|
|Other deciduous: Northern Red Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Boxelder Maple||0.14|