The previous period did not bring significant progress in the field of forestry. In 2020, there were no significant activities on preparing and adopting strategic and
legal documents in this area. The Forestry Development Program, as the basic strategic document provided for under the Law on Forests, has still not been adopted, nor is there available information on when its development and adoption will take place.
Serbia’s readiness to implement two EU regulations relevant to forestry, the FLEGT regulation (EC, 2005) regulating the import of wood products into the EuropeanUnionand the EUTRregulation(EU, 2010) regulating trade in wood and wood products, are still assessed as low, and an adequate legal and administrative framework for implementation is lacking.
Serbia has a relatively low forest area, about 30%, and in this respect lags behind the countries of the region and Europe. Despite ambitious goals for increasing forest coverage, no significant progress in afforestation is evident. On the contrary, in the last few years, there has been a decrease in the area afforested annually.