Diverse forests and sustainable fisheries

Germany boasts over eleven million hectares of species-rich, high-quality forests with steadily increasing growing stock, the largest in Europe. The entire forest sector and forest-based industries have an annual turnover of some 160 billion EUR and employ more than 1.2 million people, mostly in rural regions.

German forests have many faces, talents and functions. They leave their mark on landscapes, provide a habitat for plants and animals and help to protect the climate, water and soils. At the same time, forests provide an area for recreation and exercise and form part of our cultural identity. Our forests are therefore, at the same time, natural environments and places to pursue recreation and engage in economic activities. They have been managed in a sustainable manner for 300 years now.

In international forest policy, the Federal Government takes a stance against illegal logging and advocates global forest conservation.

In Germany, fishing has long been an integral part of industry and culture in coastal regions, and also alongside the rivers, lakes and ponds in rural areas. Around 40,000 fishermen provide consumers with over 1.3 million metric tons of high-quality fishery products from the sea each year.

Long-term stability in fisheries needs healthy marine ecosystems. At Germany's initiative, too, European fisheries policy has now embarked on the path towards sustainable fisheries. The preservation of living marine resources and an intact marine environment are also a top priority for BMEL at international level. One particular focus is the protection of whales.

Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy

Fisherman stacks boxes with fish

The Common Fisheries Policy will be radically reformed by the new basic regulation which came into force on 1st January 2014.

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2015 fishing quotas for the Baltic Sea: Baltic herring continues on the road to recovery

Fishermen land a net full of herring on deck

On 13 October 2014, the EU Fisheries Ministers reached political agreement on the 2015 fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea.

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Forest Climate Fund

Waldboden in Nahaufnahme

The Forest Climate Fund is part of the programme associated with the Energy and Climate Fund. A decision by the German Bundestag called for it to be established from 2013 under the joint responsibility of the Federal Ministries of Agriculture (BMEL) and the Environment (BMUB).

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