Deforestation represents a negligible percentage of the total forest area in Slovenia. The annual average in the last decade is approximately 360 ha. Until 2008, most deforestation was a result of construction of infrastructure facilities. In 2008, an unprecedented increase in deforestation for agricultural purposes occurred, which accounted for 85% of all deforested areas in 2009. The percentage has remained high ever since, still accounting for 73% in 2015. Until now, deforestation has mostly been carried out with the consent of the competent institutions. In 2009, the proportion of deforestation carried out without consent increased to as much as one third of the deforested area, but declined again in the years that followed.
This indicator shows the surface area of deforested land, including the areas deforested in accordance with the consent of competent institutions and illegally deforested areas. The data is shown for the period 1999–2015.
In the Forest Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 30/93 and amendments), deforestation is defined as the removal of all forest trees and other forest vegetation due to intended land use change.
Slovenia Forest Service, 2016
|with concordance of SFS||ha||290.7||176.4||205.6||251||129.6||196.5||106.8||232.6||40||205.6|
|with concordance of SFS||ha||384.4||534||434.5||317.2||371||372.5||251.8|
To allow deforestation in cases in which it does not significantly affect the ecological function of forests or when public interests requiring forest clearing outweigh the ecological importance of forests.