More forest land under forest management certification schemes and voluntary set-aside areas
Productive forest land under forest management certification scheme was 14.8 million hectares in 2018, which represents an increase of 3 percent since 2016. At the same time, forest owners' voluntary set-asides amounted to 1.2 million hectares during the same year, which is also an increase of 3 percent during the same period. These results are presented in a new statistical product that the Swedish Forest Agency will from now on publish annually.
When forest owners certify according to one of the two forest management certification schemes, they undertake to voluntarily exclude forest from production for conservation purposes, so-called voluntary set-asides. As area under forest management certification scheme increases, so does the voluntary set-aside area. There is also a clear difference in the statistics on how much voluntary set-asides are made at certified compared to those who are not certified. Certified forest owners allocate 6.8 percent of the productive forest land, while those outside forest management certification schemes allocate 2.3 percent.
The forest owners voluntarily set-aside 1.2 million hectares of productive forest land in 2018, which corresponds to 5.1 percent of Sweden's productive forest land. This is an increase of 36,000 hectares since 2016.
- The largest area and the largest proportion of voluntary set-asides are found in the county of Jämtland. In the county of Gotland there are the least area and proportion of voluntary set-asides.
- Individual landowners account for 38 percent and other landowners account for 62 percent of the area that is voluntarily set-aside.
- Certified forest owners contribute 83 percent of the area voluntary set-aside.
Area under forest management certification schemes
The productive forest land under forest management certification scheme PEFC or FSC in 2018 amounted to 14.8 million hectares, which is an increase of 391,000 hectares since 2016.
- The largest area under forest management certification schemes is found in the county of Västerbotten and the largest proportion of productive forest land that is under forest management certification schemes is found in the county of Östergötland. Also in this respect the least area and proportion are in the county of Gotland.
- For individual forest owners, 32 percent of the productive forest land is under forest management certification schemes, while for other owners the corresponding proportion is 94 percent. This means that 63 percent of the productive forest land is under forest management certification schemes.
This is the first time the Swedish Forest Agency has published this statistical product. Since 1996, the Swedish Forest Agency has conducted seven surveys of the area voluntary provisions and published the results as reports. From now on, the Swedish Forest Agency will be publishing the results annually in the statistical database and as statistical reports.
The survey is part of Official Statistics of Sweden.
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