Woodlands for Wales update published

Forestry Commission Wales has published the 2011 update of the Indicators for Woodlands for Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government's strategy for woodlands and trees.

The set of 23 Woodlands for Wales indicators provides a guide to the progress that is being made towards delivering the 20 high level outcomes described in the strategy.

The first six indicators aim to monitor changes in the area and nature of Welsh woodlands and trees, while the remaining 17 aim to monitor the goods and services that woodlands and trees can provide: most are composed of a number of measures. Many of the indicators relate to more than one of the 20 high level outcomes.

The measures include:

  • The area of woodlands in Wales
  • The diversity of these woodlands
  • The amount of woodland in sustainable management
  • The area of woodland in urban areas ?Community involvement in woodlands
  • Recreational use of woodlands
  • The value of the forestry sector to the Welsh economy
  • The area of native woodland and the area of restored plantations on ancient woodland sites (PAWS)

The report shows data sources for the measures, together with the desired and apparent trend for each indicator, with baseline information where available.

Accompanying commentary sets out the relevance, key points and any notes for each indicator to give context to the data. As this work is still in progress there are several indicators which are under development.

Woodlands for Wales is a 50 year strategy and progress will be measured over a long timescale so in the early years it will not be possible to give a clear measure of progress being made.

At this stage the indicators will provide a baseline for the future measurement of progress and will give a picture of forestry and woodlands in Wales at this time.

They do not contain the latest figures for the area of woodland in Wales which has recently been updated following the publication of the National Forest Inventory map which was published on 17 March. This shows there are 303,500 hectares of woodland in Wales which is an increase of approximately 20,000 hectares over the previously published figure of 284,000 hectares. 

These figures will be incorporated in the next update of the indicators.

In future, the annual Indicators report will be published each year at the end of September: the next report will be published on 30 September 2011.

They can be accessed at: ?http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/WoodlandsforWalesIndicatorsWAG2011.pdf/$FILE/WoodlandsforWalesIndicatorsWAG2011.pdf

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