Contact: Anže Japelj
Slovenian Forestry Institute
Osrednjeslovenska region is the second largest by area (2,555,496 km2) and the first by population (531.811) in Slovenia. Forests cover approximately 63% of the land area. Forests provide multiple benefits, with the most important being water purification/supply, wood production and recreation.
The capital of Slovenia is positioned in the centre of the region and since more than quarter of Slovenian population live here, social aspects of forests are important. Picking mushrooms, chestnuts and blueberries are a traditional pastime for many Slovenians; these NWFP are an essential part of the nation's recreational activities. All of these products are very popular to buy in local food markets, grilled chestnuts, in particular, are very marketable in winter time. Among others, one of the largest logging companies is situated in the region, although their operations extend to other parts of the country.
With high citizen purchasing power, the marketing of NWFP will take on a more important role, especially as transport connections are good and rural areas with larger forested areas can be reached with reasonable costs. Exclusive NWFP products, such as truffles, could find more market space and prove to be very promising economically.