Dutch forest owners and climate-smart forest management

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Out of a survey among more than 1,000 forest owners (response rate 24%), it can be concluded that 80 percent of Dutch forest owners are increasingly affected by natural disturbances like drought, storms and insect attacks. Many forest owners and – managers would prefer new management alternatives focusing on climate-smart forest measures. The current public subsidies for Dutch forest management (called SNL) are not sufficient to keep the Dutch forests healthy and resilient. The forest owners ask now for extra support for multifunctional forests (including wood production), next to earlier confirmed support for nature forests [read pdf document; in Dutch].