Principles of
the forest pedagogy


FP is qualified Forest-related environmental education

FP addresses all social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability

FP fosters understanding, interactions and relationships of human-environmental relations in the context of sustainable development

FP is based on knowledge about forest ecosystems and experience in sustainable forestry

FP promotes understanding, use and application of the concept of sustainable development through the example of sustainable forest management

FP demands an holistic approach and it considers world-wide coherences

FP contributes to education for sustainable development (ESD- UN-Decade) and cooperates with other partners engaged in environmental education or education for sustainable development

FP requires active and cooperative educational methods and approaches

FP esteems, promotes and offers forests as healthy and excellent learning-locations for outdoor-education

  • 1

    Forest area

    in Europe amounts to


    215 million hectares


    equivalent to 7 times the area of Italy

  • 2

    Forests cover

    33%

    of Europe’s total land area

  • 3

    Structure of
    European forests

  • 5

    Forest holding

    49% (around 102 million hectares) is public forest


    51% (around 107 million hectares) is privately owned

  • 4

    Europe is the only region of the world with a


    positive net change

    in forest area during the

    last 25 years

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