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Formally protected forest land, voluntary set-asides, consideration patches and unproductive forest land, areas and share for total Sweden

 Areas in hectares, without overlapping areasShare of Sweden’s total forest land
FormsProductive forest landTotal forest landProductive forest landTotal forest land
Formally protected forest land 1 313 200 2 350 400 5.7% 8.7%
Voluntary set-asides 1 323 100 1 323 100 5.6% 4.7%
Consideration patches 480 700 480 700 2.0% 1.7%
Unproductive forest land 0 3 124 300 0.0% 11.2%

Definitions and explanations

Source: Statistics Sweden, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Swedish Forest Agency, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences National Forest Inventory

Statistics on formally protected forest land are calculated based on the Swedish register on areas protected by the Environmental Code (NVR) and Swedish data on land cover mapping (NMD 1.1). The new version, NMD 1.1, has been supplemented with new data, which led to a decrease in areas compared with last year's statistics.

The area of consideration patches are preliminary estimates based on the most recent definitive five-year average value in 2017/2018.

Unproductive forest land refers to the Swedish National forest Inventory’s five-year average value for the period 2016 to 2020, in which 2018 is the middle year. Areas on productive forest land cannot occur.
Overlap between formal protection and unproductive forest land is estimated and excluded based on a hierarchy, starting with formally protected forest land.

The statistics do not show overlap between voluntary set-asides and other types. Overlap may exist, but has not been studied thoroughly enough to be presented.

The total area of forest land has been retrieved from the Swedish National Forest Inventory. It is used for calculating the proportion of voluntary set-asides, consideration patches, and unproductive forest land. The proportion of formal protection is calculated using total areas according to Swedish data on land cover mapping (NMD 1.1).

The percentages in the figure should not be added together due to methodological and legal differences between the parts.

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