Forests have been part of our lives since time immemorial, constantly interacting with human communities. A forest is a high-value ecosystem which makes vital contributions to biodiversity, soil conservation and climate regulation. It also provides us with some of our most important natural resources, including wood, the material that first made human settlement possible. In light of these highly diverse functions, rational and balanced forest management is of key significance. It must consider the sometimes conflicting interests of commercial use and environmental protection, both in Germany and worldwide.
Forests have always been on the Oeko-Institut’s agenda, thanks in part to the support provided by Hermann Graf von Hatzfeldt, previously a longstanding member of our Committee and Advisory Board and whose expertise as a forest owner has greatly benefited our organisation.…more