Bulgaria is the third richest country in Europe in the biodiversity of forests in Europe.

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Bulgaria is the third richest country in Europe in the biodiversity of forest. From all natural resources in the country they occupy the largest share, have a complex matter and it is necessary to operate them responsibly, “said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Assoc. Georgi Kostov in a presentation entitled” The forestry sector in Bulgaria ” during the annual meeting of the Union of European foresters ended today in Nessebar.                                                                                              Forest areas in the country are 4.18 million hectares or 37% of the territory of Bulgaria, with about 67% of them are deciduous, Kostov said, quoted by the press office of the Ministry. The volume of wood in them is 650 million Cub. Meters, the annual growth rate was 14.4 million. Cub. Meters and extraction of timber from regenerated and thinnings is about 8 million. Cub. Meters in official statistics.                                                                                                     More than a half, or 55% of forest areas in the country are within the ecological system of protected areas in the European Union Natura 2000.