Specification of National Reporting Table T4

T4 Characteristics of Forest and Other wooded land

T4.1 Rationale

The information on 'Characteristics' is essential to understand the development of appropriate and efficient silvicultural and management practices to ensure and promote sustainability of forest resources. These practices define the future structure and composition of forest resources and their ability to provide goods and services. It also provides information of the degree of human impact on the forest ecosystems.

T4.2 Specification

Units and reporting years

Unit of reporting1000 hectares
Area to which reported figures referForest and Other wooded land
Reporting years1990, 2000 and 2005

Categories and definitions

CategoryDefinition
PrimaryForest / Other wooded land of native species, where there are no clearly visible indications of human activities and the ecological processes are not significantly disturbed.

Explanatory note

  1. Includes areas where collection of non-wood forest products occurs, provided the human impact is small. Some trees may have been removed.
Modified naturalForest / Other wooded land of naturally regenerated native species where there are clearly visible indications of human activities.

Explanatory notes

  1. Includes, but is not limited to: Selectively logged-over areas, areas regenerating following agricultural land use, areas recovering from human-induces fires, etc.
  2. Includes areas where it is not possible to distinguish whether the regeneration has been natural or assisted.
Semi-natural
Forest / Other wooded land of native species, established through planting, seeding or assisted natural regeneration.

Explanatory notes

  1. Includes areas under intensive management where native species are used.
  2. Naturally regenerated trees from other species than those planted/seeded may be present.
  3. May include areas with naturally regenerated trees of introduced species.
Productive plantationForest / Other wooded land of introduced species, and in some cases native species, established through planting or seeding mainly for production of wood or non wood goods.

Explanatory notes

  1. Includes all stands of introduced species established for production of wood or non-wood goods.
  2. May include areas of native species characterized by few species, straight tree lines and/or even-aged stands.
Protective plantationForest / Other wooded land of native or introduced species, established through planting or seeding mainly for provision of services.

Explanatory notes

  1. Includes all stands of introduced species established for provision of services, such as soil and water protection, pest control and conservation of (habitat) biological diversity.
  2. Includes areas of native species characterized by few species, straight tree lines and even-aged stands.

The Guidelines for Country Reporting gives further guidance for making the classification of characteristics according to the categories as defined above.

Current and past definitions are available onFRA 2005 Terms and Definitions

Reporting table template

FRA 2005 categoriesArea (1000 hectares)
ForestOther wooded land
199020002005199020002005
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Modified natural





Semi-natural





Productive plantation





Protective plantation





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Internal consistency

The total area of 'Forest' and 'Other wooded land' should match with corresponding figures in national reporting table T1.
last updated:  Friday, February 27, 2004