A tradition of sustainable forestry

The high ratio of woodland area, which has been further boosted through the reafforestation of previously agricultural land, is a feature of land cultivated and developed by man in highly-industrialised Germany. Forestry and the timber industry are structural elements which branch out in many directions. The forest stands, which are being sustainably managed by 2 million forest owners, are characterised by their great diversity and growth performance.

Forest area:
11.1 million hectares = 30%

Annual fellings:
55 million m3

Federation of German Forest Owner Associations

The AGDW (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Waldbesitzerverbände e. V.)  is an umbrella organisation covering 13 federal associations. It represents the common interests of private forests and forestry commissions in Germany in face of political decision-makers at federal level. The AGDW pursues the goal of maintaining and strengthening forest ownership in its diverse functions. The most important requirement for the fulfilment of the environmental and social claims made on forests is to have economically healthy forest undertakings.

Head of the Board: Philipp zu Guttenberg

Secretary General: Alexander Zeihe / Petra Sorgenfrei

Web site:

Mail contact:


Claire-Waldoff-Str. 7

10117 Berlin, Germany

Tel number: +49 30 31 807 923


For more information about the AGDW, please see their presentation below.