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Net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the land use, land-use change, and forestry (LULUCF) sector were -4.736 kt CO2 eq in 2019, meaning that sinks were higher than emissions. According to the Slovenian Forest Service, felling decreased by about 13% in 2019 and as much as 30% in 2020 compared to 2018. For the first time since 2014, the share of sanitary felling in total felling was below 50%, which is related to the calming of the overpopulation of beetles and low forest damage due to natural disasters in 2019 and 2020.


Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to land-use change generally show a declining trend. GHG emissions from deforestation decreased by 0.8% in 2020 compared to the previous year, with more than half, i.e. 56%, of these emissions coming from the establishment of agricultural land. In 2020, GHG emissions decreased by 6.4% over the previous year due to land conversion to built-up and related land. The largest share of emissions (56%) 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.