Definition: Private ownership (in)


Forest/other wooded land owned by individuals, families, co-operatives and corporations which may be engaged in agriculture or other occupations as well as forestry; private forest enterprises and industries; private corporations and other institutions (religious and educational institutions, pension and investment funds, nature conservation societies, etc) (FAO definition).

Private ownership refers to land owned by individuals, families, communities, private cooperatives, corporations and other business entities, non-governmental organisations, nature conservation associations and other private institutions. Public ownership refers to land owned by the State, administrative units of the public administration or institutions or corporations owned by the public administration. Other ownership refers to land that is neither "public" nor "private". It includes land for which ownership is unknown, undefined or disputed (Eurostat, "Forestry in the EU and the world. A Statistical Portrait" (2011)).
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), "The Forest Resources Assessment Programme (FRA 2000)", Terms and Definitions, United Nations, Rome, 1998

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