Foundation of a Solidarity Community
of storm damages in Gengenbach made the foundation of a solidarity community
Objectives of a solidarity community (using the example of the solidarity
community of Gengenbach)
- Controlled processing of storm
- Bundling of resulting timber
- Collective marketing and selling of
storm timber regardless of forest ownership
The main task is the pre-financing of the harvesting
and wet storage of storm timber.
- Prevention of overhasty and
precipitous decisions and the prevention of panic selling
- Taking charge of processing storm
damaged timber for private forest owners, who are not able for professional,
technical or personal reasons to cope on their own (costs are charged
- Equal treatment of all forest owners
at marketing (exceptions: own fault, late processing)
The base of the administrative and organisational unit "solidarity community" is composed of
- the local forestry association
- the state forest office/ lower
forest authorities and - as far as existing -
- forest owning communities
The state forest office/ lower forest authorities
first of all provide the necessary organisational and administrational "know-how". The forestry association acts, for legal reasons, as the accredited
economic association in contracts with private and corporate forests. Participating
communities guarantee the loans.
- The solidarity community builds on
existing organisational structures (forest association, forest office,
communities). Therefore the existing "know-how" can be activated right away.
- Equal treatment of all associated
- Voluntary membership of forest
- Increased attractiveness for logging
contractors: larger assured contract volume and simplified billing (only one
- Positioning in the timber market:
concentrated volume of timber, quality oriented sorting, simplified billing
(only one negotiator).
- The state forest doesn't sell its
timber and supports the private forest owners institutionally (if politically
- Initial problems of a "new" organisational
unit which is generated spontaneously and temporarily.
Necessary conditions to establish a solidarity community
- The determining factors in establishing
a solitary community is the local volume of storm damaged timber (in total as
well as in relation to the area) as well as the structure and ownership
situation of the forest owners.
- Of primary importance in
establishing a solidarity community is the voluntary nature of membership.
Every forest owner has to decide by him/herself, if he/she wants to join or
- Accordingly the forest owner has to
be convinced that the solidarity community is the right alternative for the
community of forest owners on a regional scale. The services offered have to
meet the expectations and needs of the forest owners.
- The personnel of the forest office
and forest association have to be motivated and able to work under pressure and
cope with the arising organisational responsibilities for several years.
concept of the forest solidarity community of Gengenbach:
- Forest office and forestry association
join to form a forest solidarity community of Gengenbach (FSG). All types of
forest ownership of within the forest district of Gengenbach are included
(more than 6,.300 ha forest area).
and communal forests are included where the FSG undertakes the whole
processing and marketing. The voluntariness
is pointed out.
- The FSG organises the pre-financing of processing costs. The
communities undertake the loan guarantee with the local credit institution
for start-up financing.
- For necessary market relief, large wet storage sites have to be build
- All joining forest owners shall be treated equally when selling,
independent of processing and marketing time. The contributed timber will be
evaluated by wood species, diameter and quality as well as processing
- The determining aspect of the financial impact of the storm
catastrophe is the timber market development. Here the state forest is
utilised as a compensating factor. According to political will the state
forest can act in favour of private forests depending on the market
- A forest
solidarity community managerial broad and supervisory broad will be
- Anonymus (2000): Nach "Lothar"
gemeinsamen Holzverkauf ausgebaut. Holz-Zentralblatt Nr. 102/2000, S. 1279
- Der Waldwirt 7/8 2004: "Respektables
Abschlussergebnis der Forstlichen Solidargemeinschaft Gengenbach"