Forest Research Institut Baden-Württemberg (FVA)
Department of forest economics
Tel: +49 761 4018 231
Fax: +49 761 4018 333
Federal states affected by forest damages can request the commencement of a "Compensation of Effects of Special Damage Occurrences in Forestry" ordinance under the Forest Damage Compensation Law from the federal government of Germany (Bundesrat).
With this ordinance the timber harvest of the current forest year can be restricted in all federal states to avoid excess supply on the timber market. Requirements for an ordinance under the Forest Damage Compensation Law are fulfilled if a significant and national timber market disturbance is expected due to forest damages. The objective of the sanction is minimising the extent and length of the market disturbance. After acceptance by the federal council, the ordinance will be implemented by the federal Minister of Agriculture. Together with the restricted timber harvest, the following fiscal relief also applies:
In January 2000 the federal states of Baden-Wuerttembeg and Bavaria introduced a corresponding proposal for an ordinance, which was approved by the federal government. The Minister of Agriculture implemented the ordinance in March 2000. In 2001 a subsquent ordinance was also implemented.