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Public forests are forest land belonging to public entities: Government of Catalonia, local, decentralized municipal entities, provincial, state, etc. Public forests are also considered the communal forest land, the use of which corresponds to a population of common neighbors. Also considered private forests managed by the Government through an agreement or consortium.The set contains information for the region of Catalonia, public and private forests managed by the Government, described by coordinates in two dimensions (2D) and attributes that describe the elements necessary for the protection, management and conservation.
Limits of the areas of natural interest defined in Decree 328/1992, which approves the Plan of areas of natural interest (PEIN), and any subsequent modifications that may have occurred. This base includes spaces at a scale of 1:50 000 and, in some cases, 1:5 000. The PEIN establishes a network of spaces representative of the rich landscape and biodiversity of the territory of Catalonia, from high mountains to coastal plains, and from Euro-Siberian forests to semi-desert wastelands or marine spaces. The PEIN is the higher level planning instrument that structures the system of protected areas of Catalonia and integrates this system within the whole territory, as it is a sectorial territorial plan framed within the Territorial Plan of Catalonia (1995). Subsequent to its approval, specific modifications to the rules and limits have been approved by decree, as well as extensions or additions of new spaces.