Climate-stable forests for the Elbe-Elster region
A project that combines research, environmental education and forestry practice and is aimed at small and medium-sized private forest owners who are severely affected by climate change.
The project is aimed at small and medium-sized private forest owners in southern Brandenburg, Germany, who are severely affected by climate change. These owners are not completely dependent on timber revenues, in contrast to large forestry operations and thus not as proactive.
Although lacking basic knowledge owners are willing to invest in measures to protect the forest from climate change, due to their emotional ties. In response to this, a regional action platform focusing on forest protection and forest renewal was created. The overarching goal is to engage still sceptical forest owners with forest renewal and conservation measures, and in particular to promote personal initiative. At the same time, a ‘pro-forest’ awareness is created. This high-profile project combines research, environmental education and forestry practice, engaging disparate actors into a dialogue.
About 90 % of the forest owners surveyed see themselves confronted with serious forest damage.
Forest owners are now more aware of and concerned about the health of their forests.
Many forest owners are pragmatic. They are becoming increasingly active advocates and are well placed to motivate their previously inactive peers.
Above all, there is a demand for promotion of measures to support ecological forest conversion and to work to reduce damaged wood