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Union for Conservation of Nature warns against wind turbines in forests

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Lower Saxony and Bremen
Union for Conservation of Nature warns against wind turbines in forests

Hannover/Osnabrück (dpa/lni) – The Lower Saxony nature conservation association (Nabu) has renewed its criticism of the planned use of forests as a location for wind turbines. At least all protected areas, historically ancient forest locations and other ecologically particularly valuable forest areas should be excluded from wind power, Nabu state president Holger Buschmann demanded on Friday, with a view to “Forest Day” on next Monday.

With only 24 percent forest area, Lower Saxony is considered forest poor; This is another reason why forest in this federal state should only be considered for wind turbines if there are no suitable areas in open country, Buschmann said. The goal should be to preserve natural forests. Buschmann referred, among other things, to the EU’s biodiversity strategy, according to which 30 percent of Europe’s land and sea areas should be protected by 2030. Strict protection must apply to a third of the protected area.

The German Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU) in Osnabrück called for a science-based reward for ecosystem services in forest protection. Owning a forest should no longer be profitable just by selling wood. “We need rapid change in forestry,” said Reinhard Stock, head of the DBU’s nature conservation department. Structurally rich mixed deciduous forests are significantly more resistant to extreme weather than spruce forests planted in recent decades, which have suffered from drought and bark beetle infestations. In recent decades, spruce forests have been economically more attractive to forest owners than deciduous and mixed forests because they grow faster and are in demand as high-quality timber.


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