F orest Communicators Network of Mediterranean has initiated an online campaign „ Pic & Share- Forests and biodiversity” in the frame of the International Day of Forests that is carried out every year by FAO emphasizing key topics and using different messages to promote benefits of forests
Message that has inspired Forest Communicators to initiate this year online campaign to further promote biodiversity is “Forests are home to about 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity”
On International Day of Forests countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees and raises awareness of the importance of forests, but this year due to pandemic, all the activities took place in a different form.
All around the EU, schools are closed and teaching is performed online while the new circumstances present a challenge for the teachers in inventing new tools and didactic materials to be used and to keep the quality of the learning process.
In Croatian schools, “Pic & Share - Forest and biodiversity “campaign was very well received due to current lack of innovative digital resources for the teaching about nature and biology as well as for the great opportunity to involve pupils to reflect about countries’ great biodiversity in a sunny and a blooming spring time.
Schools, NGOs and other interested in forest pedagogy practices in Croatia were invited to participate in the campaign and what they were supposed to do is:
School pupils were engaged in finding and recognizing species they encounter in their area, giving it Croatian or Latin name, and creating own Social Media Postcard using a photo of the common or an endemic representative of the biodiversity.
Sharing postcards through Social networks has given possibility for others to get involved and to see a natural beauty and richness of the species and learn about Croatian plants and animals.
Forest school Matije Antun Reljkovica from Slavonski Brod and their students were the most enthusiastic about the Croatian campaign “ Fotkaj i dijeli ” (Pic & Share). Their postcards were shared with Forest Communicators Network of Mediterranean and wider.
Here you can see result of their work while staying at home and enjoying Croatian biodiversity.