INFRO ist Projektpartner im DIFENs-Projekt


The forest in Germany is facing major structural changes (e.g. due to forest restructuring) and ecological challenges (e.g. disturbances due to extreme events). However, developments are also emerging in wood use that will also require the forestry and timber industry to be able to adapt to disruptive events in the future.

In order to strengthen the ability of the actors (forest owners, companies, policymakers) to adapt and react, scientifically based statements on forest and timber market development in relation to the future significant drivers are required. These can be developed by model-based scenarios. Important drivers of the models in this project are demographic and economic developments, climate change, natural disturbances, policy measures in climate and nature protection as well as bioeconomy and demographic and economic developments.

The main objective of the project is the development of strategies for sustainable forest management and wood use, taking into account expected corridors of forest development. The project pursues four sub-objectives:
1. determination of scenarios of possible wood use and resulting demand for wood raw materials based on demand developments in end product sectors.

2. description of possible development corridors with the help of model analyses of forest development under changes in timber demand, climate change and extreme events, natural disturbances and policy requirements.
3. analysis of climate effectiveness considering forest and wood products carbon storage capacity and fossil fuel substitution.
4. analysis of response options for forest management and wood use, and provision of informational bases to increase the decision-making capacity of stakeholders to respond to extreme economic and ecological changes and to develop adaptation and response strategies.