Afforestation in Bulgaria

Afforestation in Bulgaria


  • Milko Milev University of Forestry, Faculty of Forestry, Department of Forestry, 10 Kliment Ohridski blvd., 1797 Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Krasimira Petkova University of Forestry, Faculty of Forestry, Department of Forestry, 10 Kliment Ohridski blvd., 1797 Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Nasko Iliev University of Forestry, Faculty of Forestry, Department of Forestry, 10 Kliment Ohridski blvd., 1797 Sofia, Bulgaria



History of Afforestation, Forest Plantation, Erosion Control, Forest Facts, Main Challenges


The historical development of afforestations in Bulgaria was investigated. Some of the more important decisions and events which determine the correct state policy in the field of afforestations are pointed out. The most significant achievements are in: erosion control, incl. water tank protection from silting up; increasing the tree volume and forest growth; protection of agriculture via forest protection belts; landscape improving. The social importance for more employment and improvement of means of livelihood is mentioned. Proved reasons for decreasing the afforested areas since 1980s are given. The main mistakes and problems are mentioned as well as the changes in the afforestation policy and future challenges.


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How to Cite

Milev, Milko, Krasimira Petkova, and Nasko Iliev. “Afforestation in Bulgaria”. REFORESTA, no. 3 (July 1, 2017): 143–154. Accessed March 1, 2024.



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