KKEG: Climate protection in small private forests – for owners and society
Society makes diverse demands on the German forests: Traditionally she wants to use timber, but recently also the protection of climate and biodiversity is a focus. To fulfil these demands, the small private forest has a great importance: Nearly half of the forest area of Germany is private-owned and half of this area again is smaller than 20 hectares. That makes 25 % of the total area of forests.
Nowadays, the forest owners are characterized by a high plurality of circumstances and goals for their forest management. The traditional rural management with a focus on timber production has decreased in small private forests, but the actual offers for promotion and assistance are still aimed at this traditional forest management. These offers are not able to reach the majority of forest owners anymore – this is shown by actual research studies. At the same time, these studies recommend the development of new and broader offers to win the owners of small forests for the goals biodiversity and climate protection.