Timber Risk Score: 100 / 100 in 2017. The Timber Legality Risk Assessment contains an evaluation of the risk of illegality in Austria for five categories and 21 sub-categories of law. We found:
- Specified risk for 0 sub-categories.
- Low risk for 16 sub-categories.
- No legal requirements for 5 sub-categories.
This page provides an overview of the legality risks related to timber produced in Austria.
46% (3.86 million ha) of Austria is covered by forests of which:
- About 3% is primary forest
- About 53% is naturally-regenerated forest
- About 44% is planted forest.
Roundwood production totalled 17.5 million m3 in 2015. The forestry sector (including wood processing and pulp and paper) contributed USD 7.1 billion to the country’s economy in 2011, which was nearly 2% of its GDP.
NEPCon has evaluated Austria as low risk for illegally harvested timber. Companies sourcing timber from Austria should still take care to ensure that risks are not present in their supply chains.
Score: 76 / 100 in 2018
Rank: 14 out of 180 countries in 2018
There are currently no armed conflicts in Austria according to the Council on Foreign Relations' Global Conflict Tracker
- Find out the different sources of legal timber
- Determine which source type your timber comes from
|Timber source types||Description of source type|
|Plantation||Plantations grown for energy wood on farmland (conversion from agriculture to energy wood production). A permit for conversion from agriculture to energy wood production.|
|Semi-natural/natural production forest||Semi natural/natural forest managed for production. A harvesting permit is required.|
|Semi-natural/natural protected forest||Semi-natural/natural protected forest, which if harvested shall be reforested with the wood species already growing in the area. Permission of the landowner, perhaps with state notice or a permit, is required for harvest.|
No specified risks identified.
It was found that applicable laws are upheld, and that cases of laws/regulations being violated are efficiently followed up via preventive actions taken by the authorities and/or relevant entities.
See full risk assessment for details.
Because no specific risks were identified, no risk mitigation measures have been suggested.
News and Resources
WWF reports: Illegal Logging Threatens Old Growth Forests In Central And Eastern Europe
WWF-Austria filed a complaint to the Federal Office for Forests (BfW) in Vienna as Austrian companies fail to implement the EU’s Timber Regulation (EUTR). Recent reports of environmental organizations EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency) and Earthsight demonstrate several Austrian timber companies violated their commitments to stop sourcing wood from national parks in Romania.