High, through public, user-friendly, easily accessible information about the site conditions of forest areas in NRW. For forest owners or forestry contractors, fact-based forest management or planning of harvesting operations are supported.
Data-based local, site-specific and individual support for sustainable forest management.
Impact on environment & biodiversity
The included map-based information on soil conditions, meteorological data, climate scenarios have been interlinked with the Reforestation Concept and the Forest Management Concept of the state NRW. Increasing biodiversity and forest resilience by introducing mixed, multi-cohort forest stands is at the core of these concepts which are based on specific, locally site-adapted "forest development types". The platform is public, available also on mobile devices and user friendly. The usability is constantly tested and improved.
Ease of implementation
The difficulty lies in the (public) availability of the different databases and the cooperation of the services behind them.
Specific knowledge needed
Integration of geoinformation, geological and meteorological services, forest management & development, ecology
The platform is based on the Open Data NRW strategy and draws significantly on the broad availability of geological data provided by the Geological Service North-Rhine Westphalia. The promotion of geoinformation data and their public availability in NRW has a longstanding tradition. In addition, the collboration of these public stakeholders (IT NRW, Geological Service NRW, State Enterprise Forest and Timber NRW) has been actively developed over many years.