Afforestation in Lithuania

Afforestation of Abandoned Agricultural Land based on Sustainable Planning and Environmentally Sound Forest Management

The economic and political transition in Lithuania provided conditions for the reversal of deforestation. The project focused on provision of the information necessary for the planning and management of a potential afforestation of 300-500,000 hectares on both state-owned and private land. Pilots were established, and land-use criteria were compiled. A legal framework was elaborated, and regulatory procedures and institutions for afforestation were tested. Training of advisory staff was addressed for a range of stakeholders: private forest owners, agricultural associations and the State Forest Service. High priority was given to outreach activities and the elaboration of forest extension material targeting landowners, advisors and civil servants. One notable outcome was closer collaboration between Lithuanian and Danish research institutions.

Locally applicable afforestation models (for securing clean drinking water, erosion control and recreation activities) were developed. In the context of afforestation, aspects of CO2 sequestration and trade were introduced as well as international arrangements and funding mechanisms.


Services provided by DFE staff

Establishment of demonstration plots, development of afforestation models, elaboration of extension material, awareness-raising campaigns, close collaboration with the Lithuanian planning commission. Study tours were arranged to Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Denmark. An international conference on afforestation and a comprehensive study of EU requirements and issues related to afforestation were carried through. Stakeholder PR campaigns included exhibitions and contests, on both TV and radio.


Using natural regeneration is one way of doing afforestation



Karsten Raae

Karsten Raae

Forest Supervisor - Senior Consultant

Mobil +45 25 55 42 00

Danish Forestry Extension
Rolighedsvej 23
1958 Frederiksberg C

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