1.1.b Area and percent of forest in protected areas by forest ecosystem type, and by age class or successional stage

Rational

This indicator provides information on the area and extent of forest by ecosystem type, age class or successional stage that is protected to safeguard biological diversity and representative examples of forest ecosystem types. This indicator will also help identify forest types of conservation value that are in need of protection. The level of formal protection given to forests is a reflection of the importance society places on their conservation.

Current state

In New Zealand, indigenous forests cover about 8 million hectares or 30 percent of the total land  area. Over 70 percent of these forests are protected by national legislation.

Trends

In the seven-year period (2006–2013) for which data are available, the area of indigenous forests in public ownership increased by 3.7 percent.

Trend Status

Data Quality M / H

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