TUM's study field of Forestry and Resource Management is a role model for sustainability

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As one of the three partners in the Zentrum Wald Forst Holz Weihenstephan, the Department of Forestry and Resource Management of the TUM School of Life Sciences received the National Award - Education for Sustainable Development. On June 15, 2023, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Commission for UNESCO awarded the National Award - Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to a total of 24 actors.

f.l.t.r.: Dr. A. Ruyter-Petznek (BMEL), Dr. M. Schaller (ZWFH), Prof. Dr. K. Richter (TUM), Prof. R. Vogl (HSWT), D. Schmechel (LWF), Dr. R. Luckscheiter (UNESCO). Image: Unesco

Professor Klaus Richter, holder of the professorship for wood science at the TUM School of Life Sciences and currently head of the Weihenstephan Forestry Wood Center, is pleased with the award: "The close cooperation of our approximately 600 employees creates excellent synergy effects for the sustainable safeguarding and use of one of our most important bases of life - the forest ecosystems. This multi-layered knowledge serves our teaching activities and our education and training programs excellently: they all have a clear focus on education for sustainable development!"  

Working in partnership

The center consists of three partners: the Department of Forest Science and Resource Management at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Faculty of Forestry and Silviculture at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT), and the Bavarian State Institute of Forestry and Silviculture (LWF).

It bundles forestry research, teaching and consulting and is a unique association in Europe at Germany's largest green campus in Freising-Weihenstephan. Around 2000 students acquire their skills here in nine different courses of study in the field of sustainability. The topics range from trees to forests, wood, resource management to renewable energies and climate protection.

Education for sustainable development

It is of central importance that ecology, economy and social aspects are always considered on an equal footing. Thus, the Center Wald Forst Holz Weihenstephan convinced the jury with an exemplary commitment to ESD and a special dedication to the Global Sustainability Goals of the United Nations.  

The principle of sustainability actually originated in forestry and is already over 300 years old. There is even a monument dedicated to the founder of sustainability - Hans Carl von Carlowitz - at the Forestry Center.

More information

The "National Award - Education for Sustainable Development" recognizes organizations, networks and communities that are working to make our society livable and sustainable as part of UNESCO's ESD 2030 program.
ESD 2030 stands for "Education for sustainable development: realizing the global sustainability goals". Sustainable development means ensuring human dignity and equal opportunities for all in an intact environment. Education is central to sustainable development. It enables people to make decisions for the future and to assess how their own actions will affect future generations or life in other regions of the world.
The United Nations 2030 Agenda sets out the implementation of education for sustainable development as a goal for the global community. Launched in 2020, UNESCO's ESD 2030 program aims to advance the structural anchoring of ESD throughout the education system. In Germany, ESD is implemented on the basis of the National Action Plan for Education for Sustainable Development.

Our degree programs from Forest Science and Resource Management:

- Bachelor Forest Science and Resource Management
- Master Forestry and Wood Science
- Master Sustainable Resource Management

Christoph Josten
Zentrum Wald Forst Holz / public relations