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Is biodiversity higher in managed forests or in natural forests?

Biodiversity is an important factor for the preservation of nature. That’s why it’s a frequent topic of debate between forestry and nature conservation. Where can you find higher levels of biodiversity? In commercial, managed or in unmanaged, nautral forests? There are both positive and negative effects of management on biodiversity. The crucial point is always which species group and which time period is considered.

In this video, the nature filmmaker and ecologist David Cebulla gives a rough overview of the topic:


Paillet, Yoan et al. (2010): Biodiversity Differences between Managed and Unmanaged Forests: Meta-Analysis of Species Richness in Europe; Conservation Biology, Volume 24, No. 1, 2010. Online:… (Abruf am 14.02.2023)