Study of the Natural Forest Academy: Almost 90 % of the forest area in Germany is in a poor condition in terms of nature conservation. This is the alarming conclusion of a recent study by the Naturwald Akademie. The authors of the „Alternative Forest Condition Report“ published that this lack of near-natural forest ecosystems is leading to a severe loss of biological diversity.
Study of the Natural Forest Academy et al: Depending on the degree of management, beech trees change their shape. If the forest is weakly managed or has not been managed for a long time, beech trees become more stable than in traditional forestry. In addition, the amount of usable wood increases significantly, which could have consequences for forestry in the future.
Study shows that mixed forests are more productive. The study investigated the relationship between tree species diversity in forests and their growth performance. In 44 countries about 30 million trees were examined.
Study: The leaf canopy of the forests functions like an insulating layer. This protects the organisms living under it from the effects of global warming. On average, the maximum temperatures in the forest are 4°C lower than in the open. This shows how important the buffer effect of forests can be in climate change.
Study: Intact primal forests are the key to mitigating climate change, limiting biodiversity loss and achieving many of the UN’s sustainability goals. 21 representatives of scientific institutions from Australia, Canada, Sweden, the USA and the UN summarize the results of more than 200 studies in the fields of forest, ecology and climate research in this metastudy.
Study: A newly developed indicator can significantly improve forecasts of the consequences of climate change for our forests. Natural forest reserves serve as a reference for the adaptation of tree species and forest ecosystems to climate change. The accuracy of the indicator is likely to increase in the future.