Forests cover 34% of Luxembourg’s surface, making the Grand Duchy one of Western Europe’s most wooded territories. These forests are dominated by leafy trees, like the beech and the oak and preserved, to a large degree, in the same state as yesteryear. Luxembourg’s beech groves notably play a vital role as they are becoming rarer in Europe and around the world.
In part overexploited by centuries of pasture creation and the excessive production of charcoal for industry, Luxembourg forests are now managed following the principles of lasting forest management. These principles aim at maintaining a forest’s ecological, economic and social functions. With the goal of preserving the many services that forests provide, it is crucial to protect our forests against threats such as climate change, atmospheric pollution and urban sprawl.