For the first time in the history of Slovakia, the policy statement of the Government of the Slovak Republic in the thematic section Forestry clearly declares close-to-nature forest management (CNFM). CNFM is presented as the basic tool that the government of the Slovak Republic intends to use to stabilize forests and ensure their functions.
This way of management represents the basic answer to climate change and societal requirements. At present, only 2% of the area of Slovak forests is managed according to CNFM principles.The aim of the Government of the Slovak Republic is to make the CNFM the dominant management system in the forest stands of Slovakia. The conversion process should follow the recommendations and procedures that are in line with the Pro Silva guidelines.
The result of this process should be stable forests with a balanced ecological, environmental, economic and social aspect. The Government of the Slovak Republic is aware that the reconstruction of Slovak forestry into close-to-nature forest management will be a long-term, but necessary process. Nevertheless, it can not be postponed without further devastating impact on the forests. Close-to-nature forest management becomes the basic strategy of the state administration in the management of Slovakia's forests.
(Milan Saniga, Pro Silva Slovakia, 27th May 2020)