The government has been active in seeking to reduce imports of illegal and unsustainable timber. The country’s public procurement policy, introduced in 2007, bans the use of tropical timber. In 2012, Norway’s Pension Fund announced that it would require those companies in which it invests to disclose information on the impact of their operations upon tropical forests (Mongabay, 2012). As a member of the European Economic Area, Norway is implementing the EU Timber Regulation, which came into force in March 2013.
One third of Norway’s land area is forested, of which nearly 90% are privately owned. 15% of the forest area is plantations. Forest cover has remained at the same level between 1990 and 2015 (FAO, 2015).