Sustainable increase of the productivity of beech forests

010/2015 - 10/2018
Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V.

The third national forest inventory has confirmed that deciduous forest areas continue to increase in Germany. Nevertheless, demand for softwood timber as the dominant construction timber still remains high, and softwood sales are a decisive economic factor for forest enterprises. In this context, the FNR commissioned UNIQUE and the FVA Baden-Württemberg with the quantification of effects of temporary softwood admixtures in beech stands for Germany. Growth effects, economic calculations as well as climate impact and risk assessments were recorded for different locations. The effect of Natura 2000 nature conservation stipulations should be taken into consideration and silvicultural recommendations should be made. UNIQUE was responsible for ensuring the relevance of the scientific results, to be used in practice.

Our contribution

  • Forest enterprise analysis of experiences with temporary softwood admixtures (sites, silviculture, growth).
  • Result forecast: estimation of the potentials of temporary softwood admixtures in beech stands.
  • Determination of the value added effects for forest enterprises.
  • Presentation of the relevance in Natura 2000 areas and of climate impacts.



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We are an internationally leading German consulting company for forest management and sustainable land use. Our clients are private companies and non-governmental organizations, as well as public institutions such as ministries, forest administrations, development banks and organizations implementing development cooperation. We provide comprehensive support in addressing technical, political and economic challenges in the land use sector - from project planning through implementation to evaluation. Together with our subsidiary companies, we sustainably manage natural forests and forest plantations in Paraguay on behalf of institutional investors.

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Our consulting services and the management of our forests are bound to economic, environmental and social sustainability. Our work supports the implementation of innovative concepts for efficient and sustainable land use worldwide. In these activities, we orient ourselves according to internationally accepted standards and respective certification schemes. This also applies to our commitment to the excellent professional quality of our services as well as customer satisfaction, which we regard as the basis for long-term relationships and trustworthy cooperation. We are a learning organization and continuously improve the quality of our services - through transparency, quality management and communication with our clients.

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Our employees are the core of the company and their motivation and knowledge are the most important assets of UNIQUE. Their identification with the company, its goals and principles, is very important to us. We practice a participatory leadership style with opportunities for codetermination, a culture of dynamic feedback and the principle of high individual responsibility. We learn together with our partners, and promote the professional and social skills and the personal development of our employees. Our corporate responsibility and commitment to sustainability is ensured through ISO quality management certification and by adhering to FSC principles and criteria.

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