Asta Juknevičiūtė


The role of protected areas is increasing every year all over world. It is a vital tool conserving biological diversity and ecosystems. At the same time, there is a growing interest in forest conservation, because forests provide a wide range of benefits and they are very important for many species to survive. Therefore, what is the relationship between forests and protected areas?This study analyses management of protected areas and forests of Lithuania, especially forest protected territories. In the first part a review is made by historic point of view, looking for the same institutional and territorial similarities. In the second part the current situation of forest and protected areas management is reviewed by national and local levels, the main functions of institutions are discussed. The territorial trends and main problems are revealed. It is concluded that forests cover the main part of protected areas. Because of this reason a communication between management institutions plays an important role in achieving sustainable development goals.