Forest Policy


Climate Chance


ICP Forests

The protection and sustainable development of forests – especially in the tropical and boreal zone – are a central issue of international environmental and forest policy, particular with regard to forest degradation and deterioration caused by land-use dynamics, climate change, air pollution and non-sustainable management practices. The Institute for World Forestry provides scientific contributions to close major knowledge gaps with respect to the interdependency of ecological processes, environmental impacts and forest utilisation, to develop strategies for sustainable forest management, and to provide scientifically sound support for political decision processes. The activities of the institute are focusing on the international context.

The institute conducts research activities according following thematic research areas:

International Forest Development and Forest Policy
Contact: Dr. T. W. Schneider

Sustainable Forest Management
Contact: Dr. J.-M. Schröder

Climate Change and Forests
Contact: Dr. W.-U. Kriebitzsch

Biometrics, Spatial Statistics and Forest Information Systems
Contact: Dr. B. Kenter

Special Task:
International Cooperative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests (ICP Forests)

Contact: Dr. M. Lorenz

As the Institute for World Forestry incorporates two different administrational boards, research activities and projects are conducted either by those employed at the Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries (vTI) or by those employed at the University of Hamburg (UHH).
(see: Who we are – Organisation)