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.