Danish Forest Policy – Overview

Danish Forest Policy – Overview

The Danish Forest Act, passed in 2004, has ensured the ongoing protection and conservation of Danish forests. The act supports the promotion of sustainable forest management (SFM) and increasing the area of forested land, with a view to encouraging ecological, social and economic values.

Sustainable management refers to the fact that the management of areas of designated forest reserve land and the administration of The Forest Act should strive to:

  1. Establish and promote robust forests
  2. Support the production of forests
  3. Increase biodiversity and uphold conservation of forests
  4. Ensure that proper attention is given to cultural history, natural history, recreation,   environmental protection and the landscape

The Danish National Forest Programme was developed in 2000, the purpose of which was to address changing conditions within Denmark’s forest sector. These changes included obligations that arose from international conventions and agreements.

Sustainable forest management that is based equally upon social, environmental, ecological and economic concerns is at the heart of the Danish National Forest Programme. The long term aim is to move towards a forest management regime that uses and supports the natural processes of Denmark’s forests.