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Forest Maps
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Forest Maps


The development of Forest Maps involves the delineation and recording of forests and forestlands that fall under the protective provisions of Greek forest legislation in an accurate, transparent and definitive way.  


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 More specifically, the development of Forest Maps aims at the spatiotemporal (with reference to the present and the past periods) delineation and representation of forests and forestlands. The whole procedure involves studying in detail the areas that were covered in the past or are covered today by forest vegetation, codifying the data and correctly representing it on the appropriate basemaps according to the forest maps technical specifications in force (Government Gazette 1811, Volume B’, 10-09-2007).


Delineation and recording of past forests and forestlands is performed through photo-interpreting historical air photos acquired in 1945/1960 or even earlier, if they are available (e.g. air photos acquired in 1937 are used for the AtticaPrefecture).  Historical air photos of 1945 are the oldest record that covers uniformly the Greek territory.


Respectively, delineation and recording of existing forests and forestlands comprises the analysis of an area’s vegetation through the interpretation of recent air photos, validated on the ground.  


Combining photo-interpretation results coming from historical and recent air photos, e.g. of an historical air photo (1945/1960) and of a recent one (e.g. 2007) with identical aerial coverage, may render the following land cover categories:


  • Areas that were and still are forests and forestlands
  • Areas that were deforested or altered in the meantime
  • Areas that were reforested or forested in the meantime

The posting of a forest map is a key process for publicising the content of the Forest Map.  In this way, every interested person is informed about the character of areas of land (forest or non-forest) and is given the opportunity to submit relevant objections.

The ultimate goal of the entire procedure is to ratify forest maps as definitive.​


The recording of forests and forestlands aims at the:


a.     Environmental protection of forests, forestlands and grasslands (which are also  recorded during the development of Forest Maps).

b.     Consolidation and protection of the GreekState’s real property rights on forests, forestlands and grasslands through the Hellenic Cadastre’s procedures and the complete clarification of their ownership status quo.

c.      Detailed recording and assurance of state lands, a large part of which are forests, forestlands and grasslands.

d.     Development of baseline IT infrastructure for the development of a Forestry Species Registry in the future.



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