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Rules on the protection of forests, 2000 (Slovenia)


Rules on the protection of forests is an act deriving from the Forest act (Slovenia). The regulation aims to define the rules on sustainable management and use of forests (utilization of its functions), conserving the biotic balance of forest ecosystem, planning of measures for prevention of detrimental effects on forest, monitoring of forest damages and protection agaist fires.

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Art. 40 describes criteria and circumstances that should be met for grazing in forests to be allowed. It needs to be defined in the silvicultural plan how and where grazing can be performed and which other roles of forest should not be jeopardized by doing so. The area should be fenced; grazing must not cause soil erosion; and should not affect natural regeneration where old growth stands are to be regenerated. Silvicultural plans are elaborated by Slovenia Forest Service (hereafter SFS).

Art. 41 defines criteria that rule whether collecting forest tree seeds and other forest goods deteriorates forests or not. Collecting litter should not be carried out more than once in 10-year period; only in areas where it was traditionally already present; not in areas of torrential waters. Resin and sap can be collected on trees marked for felling or otherwise assigned for this purpose by SFS. Tree fruits, cones and seeds should be collected in a way that does not jeopardize regeneration. Tree crown surface should not be decreased by more than 30%; when utilizing bushes at least 30% of live shoots should remain; by picking herbs/mosses, no more than 30/20% of area should be harvested.

Art. 43 defines recreational picking of forest goods. Each forest visitor is allowed to collect no more than 2 kg of mushrooms (except for those, prohibited for picking by the decree that regulates protection of wild fungi), fruits, mosses and chestnut; and 1 kg of herbs (except for those, prohibited for picking by the decree that regulates protection of protected plant species) daily for subsistence purposes in recreational sense.

(Additional information) The original act form yr. 2000 stated the daily allowable harvest per individual:

  • 1 kg of mushrooms, fruits and herbs;
  • 2 kg of chestnuts.
Art. 44 defines that beekeeping can be performed in accordance with beekeeping rules from decree that regulates beekeeping. It states that hives should not be placed on natural passes of wild animals or grazing areas in forests; and should not prevent normal use of forest lands.

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Full reference
Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia 114/2009 (Pravilnik o varstvu gozdov), (Ur.l. RS št. 114/2009), Published in Uradni list RS, nr. 5220/31.12.2009 (EVA 2009-2311-0052), amended (original act is from yr. 2000, but was amended in 2006 and 2009)

Related to

Forest act, 1993 (Slovenia) (1993)
• Decree on the protection of wild fungi, 2011 (Slovenia) (2011)

Year 2000
Policy area Forestry
Affected activity Harvesting/Production, Marketing/trade
Affected actors Landowner/land manager, Picker/harvester/hunter, Producer/beekeeper
Products Berries, Foliage, Fruits, Herbs/plants, Honey and Bee products, Moss, Mushrooms/truffles, Nuts
Subject Edible NWFP, NWFP, Nature conservation
Promoter/initiator Public
Zone South East Europe
Countries Slovenia
Regions (NUTS 2) Western Slovenia
Focus on NWFP Direct
Document category
Instrument type
Legal status Binding
Geographical scope National
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