The preservation of forests and sustainable forest management are goals in a set of international agreements. Many aspects of these agreements deal with economics. Topics include the impact of institutional frameworks, competition with other forms of land use and therefore cost of forest protection and ecosystem services. These topics provide economic starting points for enhancing sustainability of forest management and forest protection worldwide.
In Germany, preservation of forest is safeguarded by law. But even here there are competing demands on forests. In order to balance these competing demands the value of individual as well as collective benefits resulting from different forest management options need to be quantified.
National and international forestry is connected through the establishment of sector policies, such as European bio-energy policy. It is also intrinsically linked through international wood markets. Given Germany’s position as a large exporter it is intensively involved in international wood markets.
The Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics has four research areas which address these topics:
The Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics works closely with the Institute for Wood Science of the University of Hamburg. Jointy, we operate the degree programe of wood sciences.