Publications - Diverse forests and sustainable fisheries
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We Germans love our forests: from the Black Forest, the Alps, the Harz Mountains, the island of Rügen in Northern Germany, the Palatine Forest, the Eifel region and the Rhön region up to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains - forests shape not only our culture but also the face of our homeland everywhere.
Forests are much more than just cultivated landscape or a source of inspiration for artists. They are an excellent means of mitigating against climate change: the sustainable management of forests and use of wood products helps to reduce greenhouse gases and to achieve our climate change objectives. At the same time, our forests are home to many protected animals and plants. They also offer work and income to many people, in particular in rural regions. More than 55 million people go into forests at least once a year - to get some exercise or just to take a walk. I too can catch my breath and relax in forests. Put simply: our forests are true all-round talents.
Forests are an essential basis of life. In Germany, the Federal Government is obliged to submit a comprehensive forest report to the German Parliament at regular intervals. This brochure builds on data from the most recent report covering the period 2009 to 2017.
Covering 32 percent of Germany’s territory, forests are a typical feature of the landscape in most areas of Germany. Forests in Germany are managed sustainably. They are in good condition – proven by a large majority of parameters – and fulfil a variety of productive, protective and recreational functions.
Wood has shaped human development since the dawn of time. Fire, the wheel, the construction of villages and towns – none of these things would have been conceivable without wood. And even today, in the digital age, wood is our most important renewable resource and is still opening up new perspectives – in particular, as a essential factor in climate change mitigation. Thanks to its environmental value, we can use wood not only to conserve our resources, but also to improve our overall climate footprint.
The aim of this booklet is to generate understanding for the forest, forest owners and foresters. It provides citizens with the opportunity to get to know the functions of the forest and appreciate its value. Hence, the booklet is a contribution to sustainable forest management.
As of: January 2015
Deutsche Verison: Der Wald in Deutschland - ausgewählte Ergebnisse der dritten Bundeswaldinventur
The forests are quite versatile. They provide space for recreation and leisure. They are guarantors of the climate, they produce wood, a renewable resource, and they are habitats for numerous plant and animal species. This is common knowledge.
Their role in history, however, has a few surprises in store. We invite you to discover how forests have influenced the political and cultural development!
For sustainable fisheries
Sustainable Forest Management – An Opportunity and a Challenge for Society
One third of Germany covered with forests. Germany ranks among the densely wooded countries in Europe. Around 11 million hectares corresponding to one third of the national territory are covered with forests. In regional terms, the proportion of woodland cover varies widely, ranging from 10 percent in Schleswig-Holstein to over 40 percent in Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse, the most thickly wooded Länder (federal states).
Concept for the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Forest Genetic Resources in the Federal Republic of Germany.