There are general patterns that can be discerned in the analysed countries:
• sizeable state-owned forest areas, and areas (especially near borders) particularly vulnerable to the illegal harvesting of timber;
• a mix of young and old forests, with a tendency towards a decrease in high-quality forests;
• a lack of reliable and aggregate data on forests and forest management structures; and
• the recent loss of substantial forest areas, through clear cutting and forest fires.
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