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Naturalness of forests in Slovenia is an indicator showing the degree to which the current forest composition differs from the natural forest composition. Owing to the mountainous landscape of Slovenia and the difficult karstic terrain, many forests are difficult to access, which is why human activity in the Slovenian forests was less fatal than in most Central European countries. As a consequence, forests are relatively well-preserved, particularly with regard to the variety of natural tree species composition and (vertically as well as horizontally) the structure of stands. The changing of the naturalness of forests is a natural process which can also be partially affected by people and diverted into the desired direction. This is, like the majority of natural processes, a long-term process, and therefore difficult to observe in a short period of time. That is why the data that we have shown are not adequate to make conclusions regarding the direction of this indicator’s development. We can assume, however, that in the following decades, systematic natural forest management shall have a positive impact on the naturalness of forests in Slovenia.

Environmental indicators in Slovenia

The web portal Environmental Indicators in Slovenia provides access to over 100 indicators which use graphs, maps and comments to present the environmental trends in Slovenia. The indicators are organized into thematic groups – chapters covering environmental components (e.g. water, air), environmental issues (e.g. climate change, nature protection, loss of biodiversity, waste management) and the incorporation of environmental content in the formulation of sector policies (e.g. transport, agriculture, tourism, energy, instruments of environmental policy). The indicators represent one of the four pillars of our environmental reporting, based on the demands in article 106 of the Environment Protection Act (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 41/2004 with changes). Based on numerical data, they indicate state, characteristics and trends of environmental development in Slovenia. They are produced via interlinkages among the data and observations as shown on Figure 1. More

Figure 1: Information Pyramid
Source: EIONET-SI, 2007