Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Hauberg management in Siegerland and in neighboring regions

The Hauberg management in Siegerland and in neighboring regions is a locally anchored and sustainable form of forest management. Common forest management has always been subject to constant change and has shaped the cultural landscape of the region. The sponsorship enables thematic tours as well as environmental education at schools, and therefore, impresses with outstanding commitment.

Facts & figures

Crucial date: throughout the year
Inscription: 2018
Domains: knowledge and practice concerning nature and the universe; forms of social self-organisation; traditional craftsmanship
Where to find: Siegerland and in neighboring regions


Waldbauernverband NRW e.V.
Dr. Phillip Freiherr Heereman

The Hauberge refers to the management of forests in Siegerland and in adjacent regions, which is carried out by inhabitants of the village. Together, they self-organize the Hauberge.  Thus, in cultural history, the Hauberg cooperatives have developed a unique structure of ownership in which all shareholders have rights of participation. Consequently, the entire work in the Hauberge is managed by the community itself.

The region is one of the most densely wooded regions in Germany with more than 60% being forest, which is why the Hauberg cooperatives have set themselves the task of exemplifying environmentally friendly measures. Especially among the inhabitants of the villages, sharing responsibility for the forest and its sustainable management has impacted the shareholder’s identification with environmental awareness. In addition, the forest cooperatives appear as vital participants of the village community and, therefore, create a special sense of attention and appreciation towards ecological developments.

The Hauberge has also reached to animate schools in terms of restructuring their curricula. Today, educational teaching aids provide an extensive environmental education.


Wissen. Können. Weitergeben..
Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission, 2017

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