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Future Forest Forum

The annual highlight for forest and climate innovators

A rethought forest economy is created by combining a wide variety of perspectives and ideas. The Future Forest Forum is characterised by an inspiring mix of participants - from the forestry industry and the start-up scene to science, entrepreneurship and potential investors. We bring these groups together to exchange ideas, use keynote speeches to point the way to a new forest economy and enable participants to experience innovation in practice.


400+ participants
The solution lies in diversity - our forum offers a platform for a broad audience from politics, entrepreneurship, science, forestry and business.
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30+ speakers
Our speakers represent a wide range of different specialist areas - from Smart Forestry to Ecosystem Services and Climate Solutions.
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10+ side events
Besides panels and keynotes, many other interactive programme formats await you, such as exciting excursions, our Startup Award and an innovation fair.
Sideevents Forum
Startups with impact
We provide a platform for pioneering business models - pitched by our start-ups from Batch#3 or in action on our innovation hike.
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Pioneering forest innovation
From more climate-resilient silvicultural approaches such as the water retention forest to promising management tools such as the "digital twin of the forest".
Waldinnovation Forum
Promising environmental markets
We show how green investments, biodiversity and CO2 markets can sustainably transform the (forest) economy.
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Forest owners & corporates


€ 298

  • ✅ 2-Days-Access
  • ✅ Matchmaking-party incl. foods and drinks
  • ✅ Access to all 3 stages
  • ✅ Innovative formats as startup-pitches, innovation hike or workshops
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Startups & investors


€ 298

  • ✅ 2-Days-Access
  • ✅ Matchmaking-party with startup-award incl. foods and drinks
  • ✅ Access to all 3 stages
  • ✅ Startup-formats as pitches, exhibition und NatureLink Pavillion
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NatureLink Pavillon

€ 798

  • ✅ 2-Days-Access to all formats and stages
  • ✅ Incl. foods and drinks
  • ✅ Own booth at NatureLink Pavillion
  • ✅ 4 tickets incl. pitch-slot for your project
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€ 39

  • ✅ 2-Tages-Access
  • ✅ Matchmaking-Party inkl. Foods und Drinks
  • ✅ Zugang zu allen 3 Stages
  • ✅ Innovative Formate wie Startup-Pitches, Innovationswanderung oder Workshops
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Future Forest Forum 2024


  • Dörte Roloff

    Startup Advisory Board Lower Saxony, Moderation

  • Janna Ensthaler

    Founder of Green Generation Funds & investor at "Die Höhle der Löwen" (German "Shark Tank")

  • Hannah Schragmann

    Biodiversity expert & philosopher


  • Elmar Stertenbrink

    Entrepreneur, forest expert & inventor "Kölner Verfahren"; ecological forest management

Falk Steiner
Falk Steiner
Aari Forest
Lisa Schmitt
Lisa Schmitt
Investment Director, Rentenbank
Henrik Hartmann
Henrik Hartmann
Julius Kühn Institute for Forest Conservation
Christin Rothe
Christin Rothe
Hochschule Harz
Dr. Roland Pietsch
Dr. Roland Pietsch
Leitung Nationalparkverwaltung Harz
Alexander Winkler
Alexander Winkler
Investment Manager, Liechtenstein Group
Andreas Heger
Andreas Heger
Innovator & Founder - TreeTrust / Munich Re
Bernd Farcke
Bernd Farcke
Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft
Vera Butterweck-Kruse
Vera Butterweck-Kruse
Butterweck Rundholzlogistik GmbH & Co. KG
Simon Respondek
Simon Respondek
EFCA Forst & Umwelt GmbH
Weitere Speaker:innen
fogen in Kürze...
Innovation in


Silviculture of tomorrow

Water retention forest: Forest as a sponge for extreme weather & dry periods

Digitalisierung: Digital Twin of the Forest

Creating a higher spacing for people through a unique campaigns.
Forest - market


Nature Link Pavilion

Linking Corporates and CSR-Projects in Forestry & Nature Conservation (DE + ENG)

Workshops: Sustainable Market Integrity and Investment

Workshops on sustainability market regulations, preventing greenwashing, and corporate investment opportunities in high-integrity NBS projects in Germany and Europe.


CO2 markets & forests

Opportunities and Challenges of Voluntary Markets in Forests

Beyond CO2: New Markets for the Environment

Biodiversity as the next big thing
Don't just attend, participate!
Startups Forum
Waldinnovation Forum (1)
NatureLink Pavillon

The NatureLink Pavilion offers companies and CSR managers the opportunity to invest in transparent and sustainable projects. Given the challenges in the CO2 and biodiversity market, it is crucial to support credible environmental protection projects. The Pavilion connects forest owners with companies that want to fulfil their social and environmental responsibility. Here you can support projects that save CO2, strengthen biodiversity and offer real added value for society.

Check further information and how to take part.

Innovationhike and -fair

Experience the Innovation Hike & Innovation Fair at the Future Forest Forum 2024!

Start-ups and innovative companies present their solutions for the forest. During the innovation walk around Blankenburg Castle on 6 September, you can get to know many innovations in detail in a very short time. Each innovator will briefly present their idea, followed by time for discussion with the solution providers. The walk also offers the opportunity to exchange ideas with other participants in small groups. On 7 September, you will deepen these discussions at the innovation fair. Here, innovators will have the opportunity to present their solutions again and provide in-depth insights - an ideal platform for shaping the future of innovation in the forest together. Use this opportunity to make valuable contacts and advance your ideas!

FFI Accelerator

Experience the FFI Accelerator and its presentation at the Future Forest Forum 2024! Startups present their groundbreaking solutions for the forest. After the Selection Day in the run-up, the best startups will pitch on the big stage of the forum on 6 September. Here you have the opportunity to win a wildcard in the public voting and talk directly to the innovators. The forum is characterised by its innovative, young character - here you are at the cutting edge of the latest ideas and innovations. The start-ups develop solutions for exciting challenges relating to biodiversity, digitalisation and monitoring. Here you can exchange ideas with startups, discover synergies and shape the future of forest innovation together!


We are presenting the FFI Innovation Lab at the Future Forest Forum 2024.

Innovations are only valuable if they offer concrete solutions for forest owners, forestry operations or society. That's why we launched the Innovation Lab to test these solutions in a practical way. Together with Christoph zu Stolberg and others, we are presenting initial collaborations, projects and plans for a real-life laboratory to develop, test and validate the start-up solutions. Find out how you can get involved and why the start-ups in the FFI Accelerator are more likely to achieve market success.

Matthias Hölscher
Matthias Hölscher
Bundesforstbetrieb Rhein-Weser; Federal Agency for Real Estate Management
Prof. Detlef Sprinz
PIK - Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research e.V., University of Potsdam, ESSCA School of Management
Christina Lax
Forest Mapping Management GmbH
Speaker Fotocredits
Prof. Dr. Thomas Linkugel
HAWK Göttingen - Autonomous Mobile Robotics Lab
Jana Baltscheit
Lykaia Nutrition
Peter Gaffert
PEFC Germany
Martin Ledwon
UPM Biorefining
Speaker Fotocredits (1)
Alexander Zeihe
Ecosystem Value Association e.V.
Volker Angres-1
Volker Angres
Journalist, author, moderator, filmmaker, coach
Philipp Burkardt
ProjectTogether | Farm-Food-Climate
Gabriel von de Bussche
Gutsverwaltung Schloss Neuenhof
Von Scheliha Dawid
Dr. Stefanie von Scheliha-Dawid
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
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Future Forest Forum 2024



  International Stage (ENG) Nature Pavillon Future Forest Stage (DE) 
9:00 am
10:00 am
Welcome Speech

The jouney so far: update on the state of the Future Forest Innovation Ecosystem

11:00 am
High-level keynote by Janna Ensthaler (ENG)

Green invest, sustainability and the forest-based economy: how to leverage „big money“? 


Panel (ENG) 

Green Investments as a key enabler for the new forest-based Economy? (ENG)

12:15 - 1:00 pm
Lunch break
1:00 pm
Session Cooporate: CO2 markets

CO2-Markets - status quo and chances for startups and the forest sector

NatureLink Pavillon

Workshop 1: Update on rules and regulation for the sustainability market in Germany and Europe

Impuls Talks and Pitches

Session Forest: Silvicultural approach

Schwammwald – der Waldbau von morgen? 

2:45 pm
Session Cooperate: Biodiversity markets

Biodiversity Markets - „grown-up sibling“ of CO2-Markets?

Workshop 2: Preventing green washing allegations by investing in high integrity NBS projects

Impuls Talks and Pitches

Session Forest: Digitalization

Digitaler Zwilling des Waldes - Wegbereiter des Waldwirtschaft von morgen?

4:00 pm
Future Forest Award

Startup-Pitches of Batch #3 from our Future Forest Accelerator

5:30 pm

Experience innovation in practice!

Workshop 3: Investment Opportunities for Corporates in Germany and European NBS projects

Movie: "The biggest little farm" (ENG)
7:00 pm
Joint dinner in the castle courtyard
8:00 pm
Future Forest Startup Award ceremony
8:30 pm     - open end
Evening of networking at the castle

with a fire bowl, live music and a guided tour of the castle at night



  Future Forest Stage (DE) International Stage (DE + ENG) Nature Pavillon and further spaces
from 10 am
All-day excursions "Harz National Park - Spotlight Biodiversity"

An overview and registration options for the excursions we offer will follow in the coming weeks.

10:00 am

Joint Breakfast

High-Level Interview (tba)
10:45 am

Companies and innovators present their solutions

Community-Spotlight (ENG)

15-Minute-Short-Presentations by FFI Community-Members

Masterclass #1 (DE)

Innovationsmanagement in Forstbetrieben

12:00 - 2:00 pm
Lunch break
Further exkursions (ca. 3h)

An overview and registration options for the excursions we offer will follow in the coming weeks.

1:15 pm 

Workshops (tba)

In-depth interactive workshops will be held in line with our thematic focal points Water Retention Forest, Digital Twin, CO2 Markets and Biodiversity Markets.

Masterclass #2 (DE)

Kommunikationsstrategien für die Waldwirtschaft

4:00 pm
Recap and farewell (ENG + DE)

(End 4:30 pm)


Finalists of the Future Forest Startup Award 2023 (2024 follows)
Complex Earth
Strong by Form
Mission to Marsh
Timber Worxs

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Where can I book my accommodation?

As in previous years, we reserve a number of hotels in and around Blankenburg especially for our forum. If you are a participant in our event, you have the opportunity to book accommodation at the following hotels by referring to the keyword "Future Forest Forum"

Harzhotel Vogelberg
69€ per night incl. breakfast (rustic)
Vogelherd 10
38889 Blankenburg
+49 3944 9260
Schlosshotel Blankenburg
115€ per night incl. breakfast (upscale)
Schnappelberg 5
38889 Blankenburg
+49 39 44 36 190
Kurhotel Fürstenhof
from 139€ per night
Mauerstraße 9
38889 Blankenburg
Gut Voigtländer
from 140€ per night
Am Thie 2
38889 Blankenburg
Hotel & Restaurant „Zum Klosterfischer“
Single room from 86€ / double room from 110€ per night 
Michaelstein 14
D-38889 Blankenburg/Harz
Landgasthaus Zander
99€ per night, incl. breakfast
Elbingeröder Straße 2
38889 Blankenburg – Heimburg
Hotel Mythenresort Heimdall
from 139€ per night
Poststraße 18
06502 Thale

(Further opportunities will follow soon.)

Alternative: you can find many small holiday flats and guesthouses in Blankenburg and the surrounding area

How do I get to the castle?

As there are only very limited parking facilities at Blankenburg Castle, we would ask you to walk the last few metres. The route is signposted accordingly. 
Therefore, please use the car parks on Schnappelberg or in front of Schlosshotel Blankenburg. From here, it is a 10-minute walk through the palace gardens to the Great Castle. To get there, follow the tourist signposts "Barocke Gärten" or "Schlösser und Gärten".


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