The results of the National Forest Inventory are significant at the international and national levels and the regional level of the Länder.
However, they cannot convey assertions for smaller reference units well; the number of samples is often too small for statistically substantiated evaluations. Yet for the Federal and Länder governments, the inventory is a primary information source for their forest policies. The data is used to represent forestry interests in the European Union (e.g. in climate negotiations) and serves as a planning basis for industry, for example for the development and creation of processing capacities. In addition, the data are a fixed element of international reports such as those required by the Kyoto Protocol and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.