OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of Estonia
AREA: 45,336 km2
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Estonian
POPULATION OF THE CAPITAL: 448,764
Slovenia covers 20,273 square kilometres and has a population of 2.06 million. It has borders with Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary, and stretches across the Alps, the Dinaric Alps and the Pannonian Plain to the Mediterranean.
In spite of its geographically small size, it is a convergence point for a range of different landscapes, each of which has its own characteristics and unique features. The coastline is only 46.6 km long, but there are 26,000 km of rivers and streams and some 7,500 freshwater springs, including several hundred first-class therapeutic mineral springs.
Mr Rauno Reinberg
Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Estonia
ESTONIAN FORESTRY AND FORESTS
74% of forests in Slovenia are private property, 26% of forests are public (owned by the state or communes). Larger and undivided forest estates of state-owned forests enable good professional management. Private forest estates are small, with an average area of only 3 ha. According to the latest data there are already 314,000 (with co-owners even 489,000) forest owners in Slovenia. The large fragmentation of forest property and the number of forest owners and co-owners, present a serious obstacle to carrying out professional work in private forests, optimal timber production and utilisation of forest potential.
ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF FORESTS
Slovenia has an established tradition of planned forest management. Modern principles of forest management in Slovenia are sustainability, imitating the natural cycle in forests (co-natural management) and the multi-purpose nature of the forests (the forests not only produce material assets, but also have environmental and social functions). Forest management is the right and duty of forest owners, while guidelines for forest management are within the competences of the Slovenia Forest Service, which in cooperation with forest owners also performs tree selection for felling on the basis of the National Forest Programme, Forest Law, and forest management and silvicultural plans. Report on the implementation of the National Forest Program 2007 – 2014 was made.
Estonian institutions associated with forestry
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Dunajska 22, 1000 Ljubljana, http://www.mkgp.gov.si/
Slovenia Forest Service, Večna pot 2, 1000 Ljubljana, http://www.zgs.si/
Slovenian Forestry Institute, Večna pot 2, 1000 Ljubljana, http://www.gozdis.si/
Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Forestry and Renewal of Forest Resources , Večna pot 83, 1000 Ljubljana, http://www.bf.uni-lj.si/en/
Slovenia State Forests/state owned company managing forests/, Rožna ulica 39, 1330 Kočevje http://www.sidg.si/
Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia, Celovška 135, 1000 Ljubljana, www.kgzs.si/gv/eu-in-svet/english
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, Dimičeva 13, 1504 Ljubljana, https://eng.gzs.si/
Branch associations: https://eng.gzs.si/vsebina/About-Us/Organisation/Branch-Associations-and-Regional-Chambers/Branch-Associations
Furniture and Wood Processing Association, Wood Industry cluster http://www.lesarski-grozd.si/en/network/
Metal processing association, https://www.gzs.si/zdruzenje_kovinske_industrije
Federation of Forest Associations of Slovenia, Večna pot 21000 Ljubljana
Federation of Forest Owners of Slovenia, Slovenska vas 5, 8232 Šentrupert
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