Half a billion euros to flow into Germany’s forests

(EurActiv, 30 Aug 2019) Climate change is causing problems for Germany’s forests as large woodland areas are dying. The ministry of agriculture is now planning to unlock millions of euros in aid to help prevent new forests from dying out. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Approximately half a billion euros could flow into German forests over the next four years, as part of emergency aid to save the forests.

This was announced on Thursday (20 August) by Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) after a meeting with representatives of the forestry industry, forest owners and nature conservation associations.

“Anyone walking through Germany’s forests today will see something dramatic,” said Klöckner.

Since last year, 110,000 hectares of forest have died, which is about the size of 150,000 football pitches. This is because extreme heat and storms are hitting the forests, as part of climate change’s first devastating impacts.

This is also alarming politicians, who have planned a forest summit for 25 September and are now eager to develop a forest strategy. Until then, it should also be determined how much emergency aid will be made available by the ministry of agriculture.

For the next four years, around €640 million from the federal energy and climate fund will be used to save forests damaged by the heat, according to Klöckner.

So far, the ministry has supported forestry policy with around €30 million a year, with an additional €10 million per year being allocated from 2020 onwards.

Besides, around €25 million will flow into research and sustainability, the ministry states.

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