Created in 2011, this project aims at:
- Restoring and protecting forest biodiversity to ensure ecosystem services,
- Increasing the resilience of forests against climate change,
- Involving volunteers in forest work to increase environmental awareness.
“Planting was a great experience for me, I have acquired new knowledge about the forest. Have met nice people from all over Germany.” – Dani von Latrinia (Volunteer attending planting activities)
Forestry in Germany has been dominated by single aged monocultures that are ecologically and economically unstable, making these forests prone to soil erosion, limited water retention rockfalls and avalanches as well as rapid spreading of pests and diseases.
Bergwaldprojekt is a professionally run organization, effectively managing complex volunteering programs over several locations across Germany. They advance the regional rejuvenation of state forests, which are mainly composed of single-aged monocultures (pine or spruce) that are ecologically and economically unstable.
Through tree planting, Bergwaldprojekt aims at increasing the resilience of these forests against climate change whilst promoting the ecosystem services provided by these habitats.
The project aims at raising the awareness of the German population about the direct link between the well-being of humans and the well-being of nature in general, and forests in particular.
Agroforestry and reforestation
Local partnerBergwaldprojekt Association
Participantsvolunteers from all over Germany
Achievements178,919 planted trees
Bergwaldprojekt is an association created in 1986 by Mr. Wolfgang Lohbeck of Greenpeace Deutschland. Their objectives are the conservation, regeneration, and supervision of the healing of damaged German forests. They lead an average of 40 projects per year in 25 forests. They have a strong experience in involving the public in the plantations: since 1987, 20,000 volunteers have participated in their projects. Since 1987, more than 1 million trees have been planted by Bergwaldprojekt.
Plantations are done during voluntary workcamps gathering people from all over Germany wishing to experience a week in forest. Participants are attended during one week by the local forestry services together with experienced group leaders.