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Forest experts from Spain, Poland, Sweden and Germany give a bad report on the EU's new biodiversity strategy. In an article published in Science, they criticize the forest-related objectives. One point of criticism concerns actionism and symbolic actions such as the mass planting of tree seedlings. Instead, they call for the necessary climate change adaptation in forestry to be designed on the basis of recognised ecological knowledge.

The hot and dry extreme summers of 2018 and 2019 have been causing a major forest crisis in Europe. The situation in 2020 substantially worsened. In Germany, a dispute on adaptation of forest management to climate change unfolds. We plea for a shift towards ecosystem-based solutions. Many foresters seem to underestimate the power of ecosystems and overestimate their own wisdom. Interview in Deutsche Welle television, filmed in Treuenbrietzen, a pine plantation, destroyed by a fire:

A year later, in summer 2020, another Team of Deutsche Welle visited the same site and documented first results of a long-term research project showing that spontaneous and natural regeneration has started to deliver effective restoration of the forest ecosystem:

Salvage clearcut on very steep slope between Vallendar and Hillscheid, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany (30 April 2020)


+++ During the summer 2020, Centre staff visited forest areas affected by calamities (barkbeetle outbreaks, windthrows and drought) as well as subsequent salvage logging in various parts of Germany. The trip revealed serious facets of the unfolding forest crisis with large-scale clearcuts and conventional reforestation practices that contribute to ecosystem degradation. Many German foresters seem to abandon the principles of sustainable forest management, the sector was so proud of. Slidecasts document the practices that give reason for concern and seem to be against the principles of sustainable forestry (in German) +++

The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management has contributed to the establishment of the

and is one of its co-implementers on behalf of Eberswalde University for Sustainable development.

+++ 14 February 2020. Another paper communicating our research on boreal forest use under the FSC label (Forest Stewardship Council) has been published in Ecological Processes. The title of the study is Clearcuts and related secondary dieback undermine the ecological effectiveness of FSC certification in a borel forest. Another paper on the ecological effectiveness with a special focus on the clearcutting practices endorsed by FSC was published in Ecological Indicators. Our first paper on effectiveness of FSC was published in 2018 in Challenges in Sustainability. Amongst others, we concluded that large-scale clear-cutting practice within Intact Forest Landscapes, which means the logging of primary forests, feeds doubts about the consistency of FSC and its credibility +++

Forest use in Arkhangelsk region, Russian Federation (photo. P.L. Ibisch)

+++ 16 October 2018. The German-French TV channel ARTE broadcasted a critical 98-minutes documentary on the FSC label, with case studies from Africa, South America, Europe and Asia. The title is "FSC - Forest Stewardship Council: FSC: can an eco-label stop the forestry industry?" (German title: Die Ausbeutung der Urwälder. Kann ein Öko-Siegel die Forstindustrie stoppen?).The Centre supported the producers providing some technical advice. Centre research - in the context of our project in the Arkangelsk Taiga, Russia - plays a role at the end of the documentary +++



+++ In December 2016, a  research report on roadless areas was published in Science - a Centre team led the research. Check out our specific website:


According to Dimensions (June 2019), compared to other publications in the same field, the paper A global map of roadless areas and their conservation status in Science  is extremely highly cited and has received approximately 24 times more citations than average. 

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We define Econics as an approach to studying the dynamics and functioning of (complex and holarchically nested) ecological systems with the aim of deriving management solutions for natural resource-dependent socio-economic systems as a gateway towards sustainable development under global change.