Report about the UNECE / FAO Forest Communicators Network – Annual Meeting
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Report about the UNECE / FAO Forest Communicators Network – Annual Meeting:

Oslo, Norway
Authors: Thomas Baschny, BMNT, Austria


T he meeting took place from 20nd to 22nd of May 2019 in Oslo (Norway) at the Felix Conference Centre. Participants: 28 members of the FCN-Network from Europe, Canada and Northern America.

On behalf of the UNECE/FAO FCN – Sub Group Forest Pedagogics, Thomas Baschny – Member of the Steering Group attended the meeting He presents the annual report about the activities and achievements of the FCN Sub Group Forest Pedagogics and he implemented the FP positions in the discussions.

The (FCN) network started 1992 in Rio de Janeiro with the overall objective to help the Forest Sector to communicate. Actual the network consists of 200 members from 40 Countries. (40 Governmental Org. and NGO´s). Also Global Coordination Groups in 6 regions are working worldwide.

The Chair of FCN Kai Lintunen underlined the importance of the network. The International day of forests on 21st of March 2019 was under the title “Forest and Education”. The FP-Group was involved. The International day of forests 2020 will be under the title “Biodiversity”. A lot of activities (especially in Geneva and Rom) in Europe are foreseen.

The European Forest Week 2019 will take place from 4th to 8th of November in Geneva together with FORET 2019 with the topic “Forests and the Circular Economy”. About 100 people are expected.

During the two days - meeting the participants shared their experience, ideas and further plans on communication. Short workshops collected the ideas and further steps. So important things are to promote sustainable forest management, using wood and other products made of wood (Bioeconomy – link: www.smy.fi/en/forest-bioeconomy-future-catalogue), the better (positive) image of Foresters and of our sector. In addition, Cooperation’s with other sectors are necessary. Also the topic climate is very important and actual. But participants have also the possibility to look to North America. Link to the North American Champagne: www.itsallyours.us (“Will you go out with me?” / “Wood is good!”)

The 25th IUFRO Congress will take place from 29th September to 5th October 2019 in Curitiba (Brazil). The 26th IUFRO Congress 2024 is foreseen in Stockholm (Sweden)

The hosting country for the next FCN meeting 2020 is open.

The presentations and further information´s are available under: www.unece.org/index.php?id=51052

Baschny promoted the 14th Int. Congress, the webpage and the “successful” idea Forest Pedagogics.