Forest Department, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria

The Forestry Department of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) is responsible for the implementation of the Austrian Forest Act, the goal of which is the sustainable management of forest resources. The management of natural hazards such as avalanches and torrents, as well as the comprehensive management of forest protection activities, are key tasks of the Forestry Department.

The main goal of the Forestry Department is to ensure the sustainable management of the country’s forests by means of a small-scale, nature-oriented forest management system. The Forestry Department is active in the field of national forestry policy, with tasks related to forest ecology, water supply and climate change impacts. The ministry is also streamlining tasks related to the Water Framework Directive (Council Directive 2000/60/EC) in Austria.

The federal ministry provides long-term data, the existing infrastructure of the Long-Term Ecosystem Research Network (LTER) Zöbelboden, and the expertise of the LTER scientific team. The Zöbelboden LTER was launched in 1992 as part of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe international cooperation project “Integrated Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Ecosystems” (

Hubert Siegel
Tel.: (43-1) 711-00/7301
Address: Marxergasse 2, Vienna, A1030 Austria