Wise use of our forests: the integrative approach

"Wise use of our forest: the integrative approach" (2017) takes us on a trip into European forestry. It describes current forest management practices in different European countries and offers a perspective on how sustainable timber production and nature conservation can be combined. We will learn that management legacies have often caused poor structural diversity in many forests, making protected areas with natural or near-natural forests highly relevant for studying which processes, structures and substrates we should keep in managed forests to foster biodiversity. We will see that retaining deadwood and tree microhabitats can help providing suitable habitats for many forest dwelling species also in managed forest and thus covering a larger area of forested land. And we will understand that this approach may result in reduced timber harvests, but can also be seen as an investment in more resilient forests for the future. Because wood is a much needed resource and will continue to be in the future. Utilising our forests with care and understanding will ensure that they continue to deliver everything we value now and for generations to come.

The film "wise use of our forests: the integrative approach" was written by Daniel Kraus and Andreas Schuck and produced by Filmhaus Berlin. The film is one of the outputs of the demonstration project 'Establishing a European network of demonstration sites for the integration of biodiversity conservation into forest management' supported by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

The film is available in English and German.