This indicator provides information on the area and extent of forest by ecosystem type, age class or successional stage that is protected to safeguard biological diversity and representative examples of forest ecosystem types. This indicator will also help identify forest types of conservation value that are in need of protection. The level of formal protection given to forests is a reflection of the importance society places on their conservation.
In New Zealand, indigenous forests cover about 8 million hectares or 30 percent of the total land area. Over 70 percent of these forests are protected by national legislation.
In the seven-year period (2006–2013) for which data are available, the area of indigenous forests in public ownership increased by 3.7 percent.