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Charter for Wood 2.0

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Charter for Wood 2.0

The Charter for Wood 2.0 aims to increase the contribution of sustainable forestry and wood use to climate change mitigation. It contributes to the implementation of the Federal Government’s Climate Action Plan 2050. Strengthening value creation in the forestry & wood cluster and conserving finite resources through sustainable and efficient wood use are further key objectives.

Background and Objective

The Charter for Wood 2.0 builds on the Federal Government’s Forest Strategy 2020. The Charter aims to develop measures that will strengthen the contribution of sustainable wood use to climate change mitigation, value creation and efficient resource utilisation. Sustainable forestry is a fundamental principle of the Charter, because the forest is far more than the sum of its trees and is more than just a source of wood.

The Charter for Wood 2.0 is implemented through a dialogue process led by actors from industry, science and the public sector in six thematic working groups. Strategically, the process is guided by a steering group. Working groups develop measures and recommendations in the following fields of action:

  1. Using wood in urban and rural construction
  2. The potential of wood in the bioeconomy
  3. Material and energy efficiency
  4. Forests and wood as resources
  5. The forestry & wood cluster
  6. Forests and wood in society

Moreover, research and development acts as a cross-sectoral issue, which is addressed by all working groups in the context of their respective fields of action. The Thünen Institute accompanies the Charter process scientifically and conducts its evaluation.


The evaluation’s focus is the long-term support of learning and decision processes in the course of the Charter’s implementation. For this purpose, different methods and levels of analysis are combined. The evaluation concept was developed in coordination with the Charter actors and encompasses three elements:

  1. An outcome-oriented evaluation, which a) employs monitoring indicators to analyse the development of important variables in the Charter’s fields of action and b) conducts in-depth analyses to examine the causes of developments.
  2. A process-oriented evaluation, which a) reflects on results and procedures of the Charter process and b) identifies options for the further development of the process.
  3. Short analyses of external framework conditions which may prove relevant for the Charter process in the future, e.g. on the level of EU legislation.

The Thünen Report 68 provides further information on the methodological basis of the evaluation.

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