Latvia

Latvia

Forests account for half of Latvia’s land area, over half of which are state-owned. Forest cover has increased slightly over the period 1990-2015, at an annual rate of 0.2%. At the same time, the area of plantations has been declining; they accounted for just under 20% of forest cover in 2015 (FAO, 2015).

Illegal logging is a problem in the country. As an EU Member State, Latvia is required to implement the EU Timber Regulation, which came into force in March 2013.