In the Forestry Programme 2014-2020 a target was set to afforest an average of 7,235 hectares annually, which included a 30% target for broadleaf afforestation. Over this time period an average of 4,927 ha of lands were afforested annually, which comprised of 24% broadleaf species. As a result of the positive differential in favour of broadleaf species in the afforestation scheme the proportion of broadleaves planted has significantly increased since 1993. In 2020, the percentage of broadleaves afforested was 34%, an increase of 9% over the area established in 2019. These new forests will play an important role in mitigating climate change by storing atmospheric carbon dioxide, while also providing important environmental and social functions.

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