Petition No 0519/2021 by Wolfgang Thiemann (German) on the conservation of the natural habitat Angelbachtal in Germany  
Petition data  

0519/2021

Summary title: Petition No 0519/2021 by Wolfgang Thiemann (German) on the conservation of the natural habitat Angelbachtal in Germany

Petition number: 0519/2021

Topics: Environment - Protection and Preservation

Country: Germany

Petitioner data  

Name: Wolfgang Thiemann

Petition Summary  

According to the petitioner, since 2012 he has been observing forest management practices in Angelbachtal, which is a Natura 2000 area. He believes that these practices run counter to the objectives laid down in Directive 92/43/EEC (the Habitats Directive), in particular the conservation of protected areas and the management of these areas in compliance with nature conservation rules, and that they also violate the provisions of the German Federal Nature Conservation Act. He believes that his criticisms are borne out by the European Commission’s action against the Federal Republic of Germany over failure to properly implement the Habitats Directive. The petitioner explains that timber production and harvesting are carried out with economic considerations alone in mind, and that the network of tracks intersecting the forest is too extensive. According to the petitioner, the negative impacts of these management practices can already be observed, and include soil erosion, a lowering of the groundwater level, soil fertility loss and destruction of the forest structure typical of the landscape. Therefore,he is calling for Natura 2000 areas to be excluded from plans of this kind to open up access to the forest. He also supports that the network of tracks within the forest to be expanded no further and for the Guidelines of the Baden-Württemberg State Forestry Administration on access tracks within existing forests to be reviewed. In his opinion, they reflect neither the forest system nor the concept of nature conservation and were introduced without the involvement of citizens. The petitioner believes that the competent forest authority could furthermore be obliged to remediate the damage it has caused, since it continued to open up access tracks within the forest in spite of the provisions of the Habitats Directive.