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Trees mean life. That does not only mean that they are plants and have a metabolism. All living creatures depend on them. Without our forests, we would neither have air to breathe, nor animals, nor wood to build our houses.

For decades, human beings have taken more wood from the forests than can grow back.

Worldwide lumbering is at a record high.

Germany is the second largest exporter of wood products worldwide. But where does the wood come from? With growing sales numbers, illegal lumbering also increases. In Germany and other EU member states, there are enough control mechanisms to call the overexploitation of natural resources to a halt and to allow sustainable forestry. But it’s not everywhere like this.

If nothing changes, all of us will pay our toll for this overexploitation very soon.

We wish to contribute to a sustainable use of resources. We are especially interested in supporting small regional projects, addressing the challenges of our times and committing themselves to change.

Our contribution in figures: Per m³ of used wood, we donate as much as is needed to grow back the same amount in one life cycle. We do not necessarily support reforestation projects but also renaturation and forest protection in general. And we want to foster social commitment in this respect on a regional level, in particular.

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The wooden churches of Transylvania

(01/2015)

Transylvania – for many people a remote region they associate with unspoiled countryside, mountains and valleys covered with wood, small villages with wooden churches, impressive castles and fortified churches from ancient times, and maybe with dangerous nights, too.

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However, Transylvania is quite close and its climate is not very different. After the Romans’ withdrawal in the 3rd century, many ethnic groups moved through it and settled there. Then, the 12th century was the beginning of an epoch which shaped the region very much. Many settlers with German origin received high privileges from the Hungarian King and settled there, among them were many craftsmen. The enormous woods and the religious freedom, which still exists, were perfect conditions for many wooden architecture and churches, mainly built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Especially the still existing richly decorated wooden churches with their wooden shingles are testimonies of great carpenters’ workmanship.

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But this heritage is endangered. For some inexplicable reasons, new churches are being built in many towns and villages and the old wooden churches are being neglected.

Some flicker of hope is offered by the UNESCO, which is, as well as the Norwegian Government and some others, committed to the preservation of those historic buildings. They focus, of course, on the most famous churches and regions, therefore, six further churches in the region of Maramures have been put under protection recently and some financial means have been provided for their renovation.

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