33% of Germany’s land area is forest. How does climate change affect the nature in Germany? What measures are being taken to protect and maintain the forests? Forest influences the climate. It plays an important role in the water balance of the landscape and has a cooling effect on its surroundings. Trees also change the reflection of sunlight into space and most importantly, they remove the greenhouse gas CO2 from the atmosphere by storing the carbon in their wood. These were all topics that prominently featured during this special walk on 20 October 2021.
The group leaders of WiB "Science, Research and Medicine" group organized a visit to "Forest. Berlin. Climate” exhibition for all WiB members. The group was warmly welcomed by the Project Manager of the Berlin Forest, Mr. Frank Ackermann, who accompanied the members on an educational tour of approximately 4 km loop trail in the Grunewald forest that covered 11 stations. Through the exhibition elements that communicate information in the form of texts and graphics, he explained the adaptation of Berlin’s forests to climate change; the causes, effects and consequences of this up-to-date topic. Mr. Ackermann also explained "Berlin mixed forest-development program”: the transformation of the nearly monoculture pinewoods into forests with tree species diversity that are more resistant to climate extremes.
With its beautiful natural scenery, forest landscapes, bodies of water and mires along the trail, the open-air exhibition allows all participants to experience Berlin's wonderful nature. A special conclusion of the tour was the ascent of the Grunewald tower. Once at the top, the reward was a breathtaking view over the surrounding forest and water landscape, and far beyond Berlin. It was a great pleasure for everyone to meet in person again after a long period of lockdown. The friendly exchange was continued over lunch in the Kaisergarten restaurant in Grunewald.