The promotion of forest biodiversity in Lucerne is conducted by the office of Landwirtschaft und Wald (Lawa). The biodiversity program 2008–2011 is coordinated with the program agreement “Biodiversität im Wald” between the federal and the cantonal authorities. The canton Lucerne has well-developed planning criteria available which allow a correct prioritization during the promotion and a goal oriented investment of the available financial resources. One difficulty with the application of the biodiversity program is the large portion of private forest owners in the canton Lucerne. The following measures which are eligible for grants and their application are discussed in more detail: old growth, forest edges, forest ponds and forest reserves.

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