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Decree Law No. 67/2017

Publication: Republic Diary No. 113/2017, Series I of 2017-06-12
  • Issuer: Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 67/2017
  • Pages: 2979 - 2990

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law updates the rules for creating forest intervention areas (ZIFs).

ZIFs are large areas of forest that have several owners but are managed by a single entity that ensures their development and protection.

What will change?
  1. ZIFs no longer have to submit a specific forest intervention plan.
  2. Municipalities may manage ZIFs, provided they do it in partnership with associations, cooperatives or companies.
  3. The plots of land assembled to create a ZIF no longer need to border each other.
  4. Some of the criteria to create a ZIF have changed:
    • the minimum area is reduced from ​​750 to 500 hectares (from 7.5 to 5 square kilometers)
    • the minimum number of participating owners or producers of forest products is reduced from 50 to 25
    • the minimum number of assembled plots of land is reduced from 100 to 50.
  5. It is now possible to create ZIFs larger than 20,000 hectares (200 square kilometers).
  6. The ZIFs' common fund (which supports the owners and producers of forest products) becomes mandatory and has to be established within one year.
  7. The deadline for preparing the forest management plan is increased from two years to three years after the establishment of the ZIF.
What are its benefits?

This decree-law is intended to:

  • promote the creation of new ZIFs and improve the operation of existing ones
  • facilitate the delineation of new ZIFs
  • invite municipalities to manage or support the management of ZIFs.
When does it come into effect?

This decree-law comes into effect the day after being published. It applies to:

  • ZIFs currently being created
  • ZIFs that have already been created, which no longer have to submit a specific forest intervention plan
  • ZIFs without a common fund, which must establish one within 1 year.
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