Forest land consolidation of community forests in North Rhine-Westphalia

The SIMWOOD pilot project in NRW demonstrates how forest land consolidations can enhance the land ownership structure of small-scale private forests and reactivate the forest use. Based on the unique legal framework of the Community Forest Act GWG of NRW, this special consolidation achieves a legal merger of community forests and private owners into a larger forest cooperative society, which goes beyond the readjustment of land parcels per single landowner. The degree of the merger and the benefits for collaborative SFM are thus enhanced compared to conventional land consolidations. Various supporting measures, such as road constructions, silvicultural improvements or landscape interventions are included to generate additional sustainable impacts in the region.

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Contact: Uwe Kies, Nadine Karl


Institution: IIWH, KWF

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Accesses: Public access

Geographic Contexts: Rural

Domain: Ownership

Coniferous Destinations: Material use (sawntimber, pulp, panel boards, posts & poles etc) , Energy use

Harwood Destinations: Energy use

Market Destinations: trend is increasing demand from energy plants , trend is increasing demand for firewood

Forest Types: Plantations and self-sown exotic forest , Deciduous forest, coppice forests

Govern Actors: Owners association , Forest Managers / consultants/ agents , State forest enterprise , Regional government

Financial Supports: government forest planting support scheme , government forest management support scheme

Manager Types: managed by owner , managed by professional forest manager (service provider)

Owner Types: private , communal

Scale Operations: small scale (10-50 ha) , very small scale (<10 ha)