Forest management

​Swiss forests are multifunctional and have to meet a variety of demands. The three most important functions are set out in the Forest Act: forests serve economic, protective and leisure purposes. In addition, the forest is a habitat for plants and animals, and a filter for water and air. The services provided by forests benefit not only the environment, but also humans to a large extent. Generally, forests need to be actively managed and looked after if they are to optimally provide all of these services. Additional measures that serve the general public can sometimes entail considerable costs, and forest owners will want to be compensated by the beneficiaries in the future.

 Ongoing research projects



Ecosystem services in forestsEcosystem services in forests Thürig
Insurance value of forest ecosystemsInsurance value of forest ecosystems Dr. Roland Olschewski
Trade‐offs in forestsTrade‐offs in forests Tobias Schulz

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