Forests fit for climate - an Austrian campaign to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on forests
With the campaign 'forest fit for climate' - 'klimafitter Wald' the Austrian government seeks to inform private forest owners about the perils of climate change for forests. At the core of the campaign is the information platform www.klimafitterwald.at. The website provides an overview of most pertinent issues regarding climate change in forests with short, hands-down advice and recommendations on how to increase climate resilience of forests. But 'forest fit for climate' provides also offline support for forest owners with workshops, introducing to forest management with a special focus on climate change issues. Find out more about the campaign under www.klimafitterwald.at (German website) or see the BP description here.
How does this Best Practice contribute to wood mobilisation?
New forest owners with little to no experience in forestry often have concerns about forest management. Highlighting the need for adapting forests to the challenges of climate change, helps them to understand the added value of forest cultivation measures. Through the Austria wide campaign 'forests fit for climate change' forest owners learn about measures for sustainable wood mobilisation and that wood from European forests can actually contribute to combatting the effects of climate change, if cultivated and harvested with care.
Therefore, the 'forests fit for climate' campaign is a very promising approach to increase reliable masses of wood with moderate efforts in Austria.