Germany is a densely populated country. Over 80 million people live on 35.7 million hectares. For centuries people have inhabited and cultivated Germany intensively. We use 13% of the national area for settlements and transportation. 52% of the area is used for agriculture, making it the largest land use form in Germany followed by forests or forestry with 32%.
In recent decades, our demands on our standard of living and consumption as well as conservation of the environment have risen. This leads to growing competition between different types of land use. The facts that the forests continue to take up one third of the national area and their stands are secure are the success of the Federal Forest Act.
Between 2002 and 2012, the forest area changed only slightly. A loss of 58,000 hectares of forests contrasts 108,000 hectares of new forest area. In total, the forest area increased by 0.4% or 50,000 hectares.
Overexploitation of the forests – no thank you!
Historic development of the forested area