The Ministry of Agriculture has launched a national afforestation programme with a view to raising wooded areas in Hungary to 26-27 percent in 15-20 years, from the current 21 percent, a state secretary of the ministry said in Szolnok, central Hungary, on Wednesday.
Afforestation is an effective measure in environmental protection and reducing carbon emissions, Sándor Farkas told a press conference.
Next winter, state-owned forestries will plant new forests on 550 hectares, with the cooperation of 86 localities, the organisers told a press conference. State-owned forestries have planted some 450 million saplings and sowed 9,500 tonnes of acorns in the past ten years, they said. In the next 3-5 years, this can lead to 25,000 hectares of new forests, they said.