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Cooperation and progress

31.05.2019

Photo: Paul Bradbury-GettyImages/GulliverFilm&Foto
For almost 50 years, the last week in May has been devoted to Slovenian forests. The chief characteristic of forestry in Slovenia is cooperation – between forest-owners, the public forestry service and forest visitors, and between organisations and stakeholders who work in forest areas, and others. Around 15,000 Slovenian children have taken part in forest education activities in recent years.

We have also been very successful in protecting and preserving forest biodiversity. In Slovenia, forest management plans are management plans for Natura 2000 areas, which cover 50% of Slovenia’s forest land. This way of working is unique within Europe and a good example of how forests are managed in Slovenia. The inclusion of the Snežnik-Ždrocle forest reserve in the UNESCO World Heritage List and the improvement to the status of large carnivore populations (brown bears, wolves and lynxes), which has received international attention, are also testimony to the importance of Slovenian forests within the context of world natural heritage.

There is good news from Switzerland as well: Slovenia has improved its competitiveness significantly in the last five years. On the Global Competitiveness Index for 2019, published by the Swiss Institute for Management Development (IMD), Slovenia retained the 37th position it achieved last year. A total of 63 countries were included in this year’s index. A well-trained workforce, a high level of education and reliable infrastructure remain the key factors that make Slovenia an attractive country for business. Its biggest competitive advantages include increasingly greater involvement in international trade flows, price competitiveness, quality of education, income equality, safety and security, and gender equality.

Slovenia has to grapple with a number of future challenges if it is to improve its competitiveness further: ensuring a sufficient scope of investment and innovation, bridging skills gaps, continuing with the tax restructuring process, increasing added value and carrying out the necessary health reforms.


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