Factsheet: Forest Act

Forest Act

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Forest Act 1975
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Forstgesetz 1975
Description: 
The Forstgesetz encompasses all measures dealing with the use, care, conservation and protection of forest land. The key regulations of the Forstgesetz that are relevant to maintaining biodiversity involve conserving forests and sustaining their role (a ban on forest destruction and clearing forests, obligatory reafforestation) as well as the regional planning of forests (planning the forest cover on Federal lands in order to guarantee - at a sustainable level - its legally determined functions, including use potential along with protective, welfare, and recreational functions).
Goal/Aim: 
Regulate forest protection and forest management

Sector/Topic targeted:

Responsible Authority: 
Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management / Bundesministerium für ein lebenswertes Österreich

Status:

Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
1975
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2013