Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Belarus
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    FOREST RESOURCES

    Forest is one of the most precious natural resources in Belarus. During the last 60 years the percentage of forest land has almost doubled and is increasing at the moment. Total area of the forest fund in Belarus is more than 9.4 million ha, percentage of forest land makes 39%. The stock of growing wood is estimated at 1.6 billion m3. Annual wood increment makes 31.4 million m3. The republic has 0.86 ha of forest covered land and 170 cubic meter of wood stock per inhabitant what is twice more than the average European rate.
    Furthermore there is observed the steady enlargement of the areas with the maturing, mature and overmature forest stands. During the twenty-year period the area of mature forest stands increased more than twice.

    As a result of the planned regulation of the wood cutting volumes firstly of the final felling the total stock of forest stands has increased by a factor 1.6, the stock of mature stands made 197 million m3. In 1989 the share of mature forests made only 2.3% nowadays it is already 11%.

    Description of the Forest Fund of the Republic of Belarus

    Characteristics                                 

    Unit

    Total in the Republic of Belarus including in the Ministry of Forestry
    Total area of the Forest Fund million ha 9,46 8,088
    Forest lands million ha / % 8,61 / 91,1 7,44 / 91,9
    Forest covered lands million ha / % 8,09 / 85,5 7,00 /  86,6
    Total stock of forest stands million m3 1 635,6 1 417,8
    including mature and overmature million m3 / % 221,9 /  13,6 179,4 / 12,6

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     Forest Fund Distribution among Ministries and Institutions
    Name of the ministries, organizations                                       area, 1,000 ha % of the total area Number of legal entities engaged in forestry management
    Ministry of Forestry 8088,4 85,5 95
    Ministry of Defense 89,7 1 2
    Ministry for Emergency Situations 216,1 2,3 1
    Ministry of Education 27,5 0,3 2
    President Administrative Department 756,4 8 7
    National Academy of Sciences 41,4 0,4 3
    Local authorities 36,7 0,4 4
    Joint-stock company “Vitebskdrev” 198,9 2,1 1
    Total:
    9455,1 100 115

     

    Ministry of Forestry
    of the Republic of Belarus

    39 Myasnikov str.
    Minsk 220048
    Belarus
    Tel: +375 (17) 2004601
    Fax: +375 (17) 2004497

    Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Belarus