Welcome to the european network for forestpedagogy

This internet-platform forestpedagogics.eu intends to develop as an europeanwide forum for information and communication about forest pedagogics. It wants to show important data, activities, materials and networks of foresters, forest pedagogs an other actors in forest-related education for sustainable development.

The 6th UNECE - Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” of the ministers of education and of the environment (Belgrade, Oct. 2007) underlines the importance of education on the environment and on sustainable development:

“Confirming our vision for the future, which is of a region that embraces common values of solidarity, equality and mutual respect between people, countries and generations, confirming the importance of the principle of sustainable management of natural resources, poverty eradication, and sustainable consumption and production, and enhances justice and civil rights, gender equality and the rights of children, reaffirming the importance of education for sustainable development as a tool for capacity-building that enables people to make this vision a reality.”

Forest pedagogics as described on this homepage is a mean contributing to this end.

6th European Forest Pedagogics Congress 2011 in Freising

Germany, Freising 24. – 27. July 2011
"Forest pedagogics – thinking global, acting local"

Conclusions

During the congress up-to-date concepts, research results and latest developments in the fields of forest pedagogics and Education for Sustainable Development were discussed. Experts from various nationalities presented their approaches to forest pedagogics with – hopefully – various benefits for the field work of the participants.

The congress was approved to be an official contribution to the UN-decade "Education for Sustainable Development" by the German commission of UNESCO.
The 160 participants from 18 states agreed upon, that ...

Forestpedagogy in Europe is challenged ...

  • to think and act global in its activities or projects.
    This can especially be done by implementing the criteria of ESD (f.e. competences of acting, global fairness, .. ) and by focussing on worldwide-relevant and forest/forestry-related topics (f.e. climate change, forestry and nature-conservation, water, energy).
  • to increase networking and coorporation with organisations and actors of all sectors of sustainable development (ecological, ecconomical, social, cultural).
  • to continue and develop further its efforts in forestpedagogy-research and -evaluation-studies.
  • to pursue the european process of coorporation and experience exchange, coordinated by the subgroup-FP-FCN (common objectives, annual congress, common quality standards, coherent concept).

 

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3rd European Forestpedagogy Congress

Burfelt, Luxembourg, 11th-13th June 2008

Due to the Invitation of the Luxembourg Department of the Environment, the forestry field office Wiltz and the forest discovery centre Burfelt (host) as well as of the initative group Forestpedagogics.eu 61 participants out of 10 states (A, B, CH, CZ, D, F, HU, L, PL, SK) gathered.

They discussed questions and problems of the European Forestpedagogics in the meeting languages English, French and German (with simultaneous translation).

And this was the course:

June 11th , 2008

Most participants arrived and registered theselves till 18o'clock. They accommodated themselves and had then a casual "regular forestpedagogical get-together".

June 12th , 2008

In the morning the participants hat the the opportunity to "wood chin-wag", to have a look at the put up poster-presentations and to exchange leaflets and booklets...ono results, projects and programmes... A lot of attention as well as interest attracted the presented forestpedagogical appliences out of Brandenbourg (D).

After the official opening and welcoming by the Luxembourg hosts the ceremony "15 years Forest discovery centre Burfelt" followed.

The Forest discovery centre was presented as well as the nature experience centre strategies introduced to the Luxembourg forest administration.

After lunch the coordinator of the Europe network forestpedagogics.eu Thomas Baschny (A) opened the convention with his lecture "European Forestpedagogics has a future - capable of politics and purposeful". Hethereby elaborated on the so far accomplished.

  • Lectures on the following topics were extensively discussed :
  • wood relevant ESD projects with schools (L)
  • Forestpedagogics from the point of view of forest owner (A)
  • Forestpedagogics and ESD (D)
  • Forest politicy and forestpedagogics (D)
  • School and wood (F)
  • 16th European wood theatre (B)
  • Forestpedagogics on forest week (SK)

Afterwards the Luxembourg Department of the Environment invited to dinner which was followed by an exchange of experience and information as well as a comfortable get-together with many first conversations where the participants got to know each other better at the forest discovery centre.

June 13th, 2008

In the morning of the excursion day the participants were divided into 2 groups. All participants pass all the points of the excursion (solar boat, wood experience centre and nature reserve Pont Misere) aternately.

Before lunch the "European wood" was planted collectively at the Sauer reservoir (many participants had brought wood plants from their home country).

After the continuation of the excursions in the afternoon the offical closure of the convention followed at Lultzhausen (place of convention).

Network coordinator Thomas Baschny looked forward optimisticly look in his completion talk to the front: What can we expect from the forestpedagogical field within the next weeks and months, what will bring us the future? Which important tasks are to be solved conjointly and which claims are to be made?

He introduces first factual scheduled considerations in order to establish a "European forestpedagogical work schedule" and asked all participants for additions up to the 31st of July 2008.

The hosts plan on to create a conference volume in form of a CD-rom.

The next European forestpedagogics convention in 2009 is to be held in Switzerland.

4th European Forestpedagogics Congress

Lyss, Switzerland, October 2009
"Results and prospects"

Forestpedagogics is needed – it is establishing itself and it is being considered by townsmen as indispensable, but more and more also by decision makers and opinion leaders.

We should consolidate on purpose and definition of Forestpedagogics.

Our European forestpedagogics network is now ready to be permanent discussion forum.

It is obvious: it no longer can only be all about, to generate a "positive attitude towards the, to explain forest and forestry...Because: Not the forest is the aim, but it is a mean to serve the people!

In fact it is about to let the people take part in our "understanding of sustainability", thus to "teach sustainability" at the example of the forest!

Therefore a new ambitious aim for forestpedagogics is important: The sustainable acting person. That is a quite good basis to enable the people to take on responsibility for themselves, for the fellow man and for the nature. Logically consistent forestpedagogics then would have to be defined as "forest-related education for sustainability" which conveys the long-term, holistic and public welfare oriented aspects of sustainability at a local, regional and global level.

Forestpedagogy has to cooperate with the school-education

Let us enforce our role as "junior partner" of the national education system, because terms like "alianation from nature", "sensory overload", "pauperisation of social competences", "loss of values", "lack of prospects", "violence"... characterize the contemporary discussion about the situation even at our schools.

Almost every offered category is adressed to pupil – rightly as I might add. This work is not restricted to a certain knowledge transfer. Because: At the "green classroom" rises the fun that can go along with learning. Here a networked interdisciplinary learning becomes concrete and you can really take things up. Prompt the forest offers different ways to deal with accumulated aggressions or hidden fears.

Forestpedagogics has to become a subject of EU-policy

Based upon the forest action plan and especially it's key action 10 "Encourage environmental education and information" we should do everything to make forestpedagogics a subject of EU-policy. The planed meatings on forestpedagogics of the FCN-Subgroup Forest related environmental education will serve for this purpose. Also within the the Union of European forester we want to emphasise this position of forestpedagogics as part of the EU-policy.

 

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