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Net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the land use, land-use change, and forestry (LULUCF) sector were -101 kt CO2 eq in 2019. The LULUCF sector was a net emitter in 2014-2018, meaning that emissions were higher than sinks. Forest felling was the largest contributor to sink reductions in this sector during this period. However, in 2019 it decreased by about 13% compared to the previous year, according to Slovenian Forest Service. The amount of sanitary cut in 2019 was 2,835,623 m3 or 54% of the total felling.


Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to land-use change generally show a declining trend. GHG emissions from deforestation decreased by 1.2% in 2019 compared to the previous year, with more than half, i.e. 58%, of these emissions coming from the establishment of agricultural land. In 2019, GHG emissions decreased by 5.8% over the previous year due to land conversion to built-up and related land. The largest share of emissions (59%) is due to the conversion of agricultural land to built-up and related land.


Most Slovenian forests are still undergoing natural regeneration, which guarantees the stability of future forest stands and adaptation to the changing site conditions caused by climate change. Restoration by planting seedlings and sowing (artificial regeneration) only complements natural regeneration when disturbances occur in the process of the natural regeneration of the forest, e.g. where there is no possibility of natural seeding, with the risk of developing erosion processes on exposed forest areas (e.g.


Slovenian forests are over-mature, the current ratio of forest development phases is unfavourable, forest regeneration is too slow, or the areas of forests under restoration are too small to significantly change the share of forest development phases and thus ensure sustainable forest development. The role of forests as a carbon sink is at risk.