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In the last 10 years, the area of ​​Hungarian forests has hardly increased, and the Ministry of Agriculture is now embarking on afforestation



The Ministry of Agriculture announced Monday that the reforestation program with state forestry plans has begun to plant more than 550 hectares of new forest on their land, using two million seedlings and nearly 100 tons of acorns.

19659003] According to Eurostat data for 2015, only 25.5% of Hungary's territory is covered by forests, well below the EU average of 41.7%. It is true that, due to the land loss in Trianon, the native forest cover has fallen from 26 percent to 12 percent one hundred years ago. However, afforestation has recently slowed down: according to CSO data, the area of ​​indigenous forests has risen only 1.4 percent since 2008. In addition, between 201
7 and 2018, it even fell by 2,000 hectares. And most of our forests are made of litteracacia. So there is really room for improvement.




Data of the National Forestry Association on forest management methods in 2017 Photo: National Forestry Association

In Hungarian forests, the cutting mode is still the most widespread, ie cutting in adjacent areas. Forests are aggravating climate change under heavy pressure. In the evergreen mode, however, only trees are cut into spots. The difference between the two was shown in a video this spring:

Forests Instead of Aging Orchards

According to current ministry plans, 86 communities will participate in the pilot program. According to Agriculture Minister István Nagy, the reforestation subsidy has been increased by 80 to 130 percent through the change in the rural development program, which can be applied for by both private landowners and local governments.



Afforestation in Bugac Photo: Árpád Földházi / kormany.hu

According to the ministry is currently the only carbon sink sector in Hungary. Domestic forests absorb 4 to 5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, which currently accounts for 7 to 8 percent of national emissions. The energetic use of wood also produces 5 million tons of fossil carbon dioxide. It is estimated that new forests planted by state-owned forests will absorb about 8,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year in a decade, helping to make the air cleaner.


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