Institutional economic analysis and approaches for the improvement of organization and management in small private forests

The aim of this project is to systematically describe institutional/legal frameworks for typical forest management and organizational forms of small private forests, to empirically and institutionally analyse the factors influencing the choice of management and organizational form, and to investigate the effects of institutional and legal arrangements on forestry decisions (timber harvesting, forest management, nature conservation, etc.). For this purpose, an interdisciplinary research approach is chosen, which integrates methods from law and empirical social sciences, forest economics and forest planning. Through close coordination with key stakeholders and application to concrete case studies, the project is highly relevant in practice. Concrete products are the systematic collection of legal and organizational frameworks, model-based decision-making tools and costing aids. Based on the scientific results, these information and tools can be tailored to specific target groups of small private forest owners. In addition, recommendations for action for forest policy to shape the framework conditions will be derived. The main idea of this project is to develop proposals for the improvement of existing organizational structures, legal frameworks and innovative new approaches for the small private forest. Finally, the results should also be the basis for the development of new services and digital tools.

Person in charge:

Hoffmann, C.; Paul, C.; Heinemann, J.;Von Arnim, G.


Funded by:

Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR) - A project executing agency of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture


Project partner:

Abteilung Forstökonomie (Universität Göttingen)

Institut für Landwirtschaftsrecht (Universität Göttingen)

Internationale Waldwirtschaft und Forstökonomie (Thünen-Institut)


01.12.2020 – 30.11.2023