The Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy

The Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat für Waldpolitik - WBW) advises and supports the Federal Government in developing the framework for the sustainable management of forests.

A forest flooded with light Source: © Elke Becker -

The members of the Advisory Board represent a number of different specialist scientific disciplines which reflect the demands that society makes of forests.

The latter include:

  • secure supplies of the renewable resource of timber for the timber industry and the energy sector;
  • the safeguarding of jobs, in particular in rural areas;
  • the preservation of biodiversity;
  • climate protection and the adaptation of forests to climate change;
  • the use of forests as places of recreation and experience for the population; and
  • regard for the balance between ownership interests and social responsibility.

The Advisory Board examines the objectives and principles of national and international forest policy. It presents proposals for developing the forest-policy framework and the instruments for implementing the Federal Government's Forest Strategy 2020. It also attempts to reconcile the different demands that society makes of forests and promotes scientific discourse on a sustainable, multifunctional management of forests. In addition to this, it discusses and assesses situations and conditions, makes suggestions if there is a need for change, and picks up on initiatives from various areas and fields of science and society. It draws up status reports and recommendations to support and advise policy makers. 


Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy (WBW)

Prof. Dr. Hermann Spellmann,
Head of the Forest Experimental Station for North-Western Germany in Göttingen
Grätzelstraße 2
37079 Göttingen

Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Pröbstl-Haider,
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Institute for Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning
Peter-Jordan-Straße 82
1190 Wien

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bauhus
University of Freiburg
Institute for Forest Sciences
Chair of Forest Growth
Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources
Tennenbacherstraße 4
79106 Freiburg i. Br

Prof. Dr. Andreas W. Bitter
Technische Universität Dresden,
Institute of Forest Economics and Forest Management Planning
Professorship of Forest Management Planning
PF 1117
01735 Tharandt

Prof. Dr. Matthias Dieter
Institute of Forest Economics
Leuschnerstraße 91
21031 Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Ing. Annette Hafner
Ressourceneffizientes Bauen
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Fakultät Bau- und Umweltingenieurwissenschaften
Universitätsstr. 150, IC5 -159
44801 Bochum

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Reinhard F. Hüttl
Chairman of the Board and Scientific Executive Director
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ
Telegrafenberg, G 309
14473 Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Friederike Lang
University of Freiburg
Institute for Forest Sciences
Chair of Forest Growth
Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources
Bertoldstraße 17
79085 Freiburg i. Br.

Prof. Dr. Jøorgen Bo Larsen
University of Copenhagen
Rolighedsvej 23
1958 Frederiksberg C

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Möhring
Head of the Department for Forest Economics and Forest Utilization
University of Göttingen
Institute of Forest Economics
Büsgenweg 5
37077 Göttingen

Prof. Dr. Jörg Müller
Lehrstuhl für Tierökologie und Tropenbiologie
Biozentrum Universität Würzburg
Glashüttenstraße 5
96181 Rauhenebrach

Prof. Dr. Manfred Niekisch
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Institute of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity
Zoological Garden of Frankfurt
Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1
60316 Frankfurt

Prof. Dr. Klaus Richter
Technische Universität München
Chair of Wood Science
Winzererstr. 45
80797 München

Prof. Dr. Ute Seeling
German Centre for Forest Work and Technology (KWF)
Spremberger Straße 1
64820 Groß-Umstadt

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger,
c/o Bundesgeschäftsstelle BUND
Am Köllnischen Park 1
10179 Berlin

Management of the Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy (WBW)

Dr. Eckhard Heuer
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
Division 531
Postal adress: 11055 Berlin
Tel: 030 / 18 529 - 3216


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