Belstat: 40.1% of the territory of Belarus is covered with forest | Society

National Statistical Committee published review for the Day of Environmental Protection, which is celebrated in Belarus on June 5. In particular, according to Belstat, as of January 1, 2023, about 40.1% of the area of ​​Belarus is covered with forest. In quantitative terms, the country’s forest fund is about 9.72 million hectares.

The land resources of the country were distributed as follows: 43% is occupied by forest lands (lands of the forest fund, covered with forests, as well as not covered with forests, but intended for its restoration (cutting areas, burnt areas, sparse areas, wastelands, clearings, dead forest stands, areas occupied by nurseries, plantations and open forest crops, etc.) provided for forestry); 39% is occupied by agricultural land; 6% – land under swamps and water bodies, 12% – other land.

Belstat added that as of January 1, 2023, 9.1% of the area of ​​Belarus was in specially protected natural areas. There are 1 reserve, 4 national parks, 375 reserves and 958 natural monuments in the country. It is noted that as of 2022, there were 202 species of wild animals and 303 species of wild plants in the Red Book of Belarus.

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