Since April 2019



Klimawald Bayreuth aims to build a climate-resilient forest in Bayreuth that can adapt to the future climate with a minimum of 2°C warming while mitigating climate change by reducing our carbon emissions. Join us, and let's make a positive change together!


This project was initiated by a group of students at the University of Bayreuth who are studying Global Change Ecology. Due to the nature of the study program, not only the students come from all around the world but also visit many countries for their schools, conferences, and theses. Therefore, we share a big responsibility to reduce our carbon footprints since the transport sector is one of the biggest sources of global carbon emissions.

As trees sequester carbon by photosynthesis, afforestation, reforestation, and sustainable management of forests are one of the most synergistic options to mitigate climate change. For this project, we will restore a hectare of forest stand which has been suffered from drought, heat, and bark beetles by planting diverse tree species that are more adaptable to the future climate.



3. Minimize travel


in Bayreuth

2. As soon as possible

This spring

25-27 April 2019

1. More carbon sinks

Plant trees

4,759 saplings






1 team

53 tree

3 hours

2-3 people will work as 1 team, plant 53 trees, in 3 hours.



There will be 10 teams in each group. You can participate in more than one group.




Scots pine

(Pinus sylvestris)

Norway spruce

(Picea abies)


European hornbeam

(Carpinus betulus)


Turkish hazel (Corylus colurna)


European beech

(Fagus sylvatica)


silver fir
(Abies alba)


sessile oak

(Quercus petraea)


wild cherry (Prunus avium)


small-leaved lime
(Tilia cordata)


sweet chestnut

(Castanea sativa)



(Pseudotsuga menziesii)


wild service tree

(Sorbus torminalis)

4,759 saplings


Nordmann fir (Abies nordmanniana)



The site is 1 km from AELF Bayreuth (Adolf-Wächter-Straße 10, 95447 Bayreuth).

From AELF to the site, it takes ~5 minutes by bike and ~15 minutes on foot.



GCE 2017

South Korea

GCE 2016


GCE 2018



South Korea



Head of the
BayCEER Office

          Our forests are already suffering greatly from climate change. In order to ensure that the forest can continue to provide its many functions and services to society in the future, it is urgently necessary today to plant tree species that, hopefully, can thrive in the increasingly drier conditions in next 100 years. The proposed project by students of the University of Bayreuth wants the participation of forest owners, forestry administration, and interested public to start such a regeneration.

Executive Director of the Ökologisch-Botanischer Garten



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Stadtförsterei Bayreuth

Mr. Dirk Muschik





I do not know how to plant trees.

Experts from AELF and Stadtförsterei will teach you how to plant trees. We will have staffs, and participants will also help each other during 30 minutes of hand-over time.

How can I get there?

Click 'Google' button from the map above and find the best route from your place. We will later send you a detailed map with a route to get to the site.

What is the next step after planting?

The Klimawald will be further developed at least for the next five years. For example, mowing in this summer (June) is needed for our young trees.

Can I participate in future events? How?

Citizens and students are more than welcome to participate in our future events. Please check "I am interested in long-term management" from the registration form. You will get emails about upcoming events and updates. We hope that all of YOU will eventually replace us and run this project. The future of this project is on your hands.

What should I bring?

Your willingness is what matters to us. Other than that, would be nice to be ready for 3 hours of physical work. Bring your gloves, water, snacks, and friends!

Who owns the forest?

The forest is owned by the Hospital Foundation (Hospitalstiftung) Bayreuth, and managed by the City Forestry (Stadtförsterei) Bayreuth.

Is there a plan to do another planting?

There is already a plan to plant more trees in this fall or next spring. AELF and Stadtförsterei will provide us more sites if we can have a successful event this time.

I am just one person. Will I be meaningful?

Average German citizen produce 8.9 tons of CO2 per year. Therefore, one would need to plant all 4,719 trees to reduce a significant amount of one's carbon footprint. Since no one can do it by oneself, we will do this as a community. We believe that this is a good start for us, and we hope that we can do this many more times with you.


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