Research work at the Thünen Institute of Forestry examines, among other things, national and international framework conditions for forestry and timber industry as well as for forest-based livelihoods. Furthermore, diverse forest ecosystem services are assessed and political and economic options for action are derived. The Institute is divided into four research areas to deal with these topics:
- Forestry in Germany
- Forestry Worldwide
- Timber markets and
- Forests and Society
The working group Forestry in Germany analyses economic developments of the German forestry sector together with possibilities for adaptation in the background of changing economic and climatic conditions. For this purpose, both natural and economic key indicators of German forest companies are collected and analysed especially on the basis of the forest accountancy data network commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and later compared with those of European partner countries. Furthermore, effects of regulatory requirements such as nature conservation requirements together with changes in site conditions for forest management are estimated on the long term by means of forest business simulation. This is intended to show the effects of changed legal, economic and social framework conditions on forest operations and to evaluate options for forest management.
Thünen Institute of Forestry
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