The forest is of great social importance: as a place for recreation, as an economic factor and as a natural space. In this sense, it is not only a habitat for plants, fungi and animals, but also for humans. As a society, we rely on its “ecosystem services”, and we influence its growth and wellbeing. The work of the FVA is thus not limited to the natural analysis of our forests. By providing information and advisory services and carrying out social science research, we also address human concerns relating to the forest. After all, our knowledge of the forest is not a self-contained, isolated resource, but is embedded in social processes and debates - processes and debates to which it can contribute.


  • Recreation, health and sport 
  • Social dialogue 
  • Nature relations in transition 

Various specialist departments at the FVA conduct research, cooperate and provide information on these and other social issues and topics, including the Societal Change Unit in particular, but also the FVA-Wildlife Institute and the departments of Forest Conservation and Forest Nature Conservation, for example. 

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