BfN Schriften 51 - Sustainable Forest Management in Germany: The Ecosystem Approach of the Biodiversity Convention reconsidered. Results of the R+D–Project 800 83 001
can be successfully sustained only if it is understood in connection with the ecosystem, and if one takes
into consideration the multitude of its interactions with humans living in and subsisting on ecosystems.
Therefore, within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), what is now referred
to as the “ecosystem approach“ was developed as basis for the implementation of the convention.
This substudy, prepared within the scope of the R&D project “Developing Concepts for ’Sustainable Use’
in Selected Subdomains of Biological Diversity“, aims at analysing the current state of forest use in
Germany with regard to its compatibility with the frame of reference set by the ecosystem approach. A
general summary of the current situation and management of the German forest is given in a first chapter,
providing the basis for a better understanding of the evaluation of forest use with regard to the ecosystem