FCN Subgroup

Forest Communication Network - Subgroup-Forest Pedagogics

Forest Related Environmental activities have been existing at national level in several European countries for the period of some months up to the duration of 30 years.

An initiative group between Austria and Germany has exist since 2005. Following this regional cooperation, a European-Forest-Pedagogic-Network of governmental representatives was founded in 2007.

In May 2008 this Network was combined with the Forest Communicators Network (FCN) and officially implemented as “FCN-Subgroup-Forest Pedagogics”. At the moment 14 states are cooperating.

Steering group

For external and internal coordination and communication the Subgroup is managed by a steering-group, which is consisting of five members. The five steering-group members will each take one of the following tasks. A close cooperation and information exchange in between the steering-group members is necessary and obligatory required.

The steering group is communicating their steps with and to all subgroup-members. In the subgroup-meeting in January 28th – 29th in Warsaw the following subgroup-members where elected unanimously for two years (A-D) respectively one year (E).

Members of the Steering Group


“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, confi rming 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, reaffi rming the importance of education for sustainable development as a tool for capacity-building that enables people to make this vision a reality.” (6th UNECE-Ministerial Conference; Belgrade, Oct. 2007)

With this vision, the ministers of education and of the environment underlined the importance of education on the environment and on sustainable development. Because Forestpedagogy has a huge potential to contribute to this vision the European Forest Action Plan (FAP, 2007 – 2011) calls for specifi c activities particularly through its Key Action No. 10: “Encourage environmental education and information”.

In 2005 the networking-process of raising awareness and developing Forestpedagogy in Europe was started by an austrian-german initiative group. Other states followed and in may 2008 the Forest Communicators Network (FCN) organised the network-group as “FCN-Subgroup Forestpedagogy” and mandated this Subgroup to increase awareness of Forestpedagogy and to develop a Common European Strategy on Forestpedagogy.

The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (Oslo, June 2011) adopted “European Forests 2020” targets and gave a Ministerial Mandate for Negotiating a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe until July 2013. The “Work Programme 2020” includes objectives like:
“ to enhance the visibility of forests and the forest sectors multiple contributions to global challenges and societal needs”
“ to participate in global and regional fora to raise awareness”
“ to enhance coordination and cross-sectoral cooperation and to promote sustainable forest management including among the public”
“ to address emerging issues forest knowledge improves through research, education, innovation, information sharing and communication”

The European Commission adopted on 20th September 2013 a new EU Forest Strategy for forests and the forest-based sector. The strategy is pointing out:
“ The Commission and the member states should improve their valuing of the benefi ts that forests give to society and, through sustainable forest management (SFM), should fi nd the right balance between delivering the various goods and services”
” Communication is a particular challenge for the sector, as the public is generally not aware of how signifi cant SFM is, or of the various ways in which the forest sector contributes to the green economy”
“ The member states should improve public information about forests and wood”
The FCN-Subgroup-Forestpedagogy is convinced, that Forestpedagogy contributes to this objectives and therefore developed this strategy and actionplan.


The Subgroup is developing a report concerning the following three working-fields and the respective measures.
The results are reported periodically to the FCN.
The FCN has the task to report the results and findings to the SFC and the AGFC.


Baschny Thomas



BMNT (Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism)
Department of Forestry - Division III / 2
“Forestry Education, Subsidies and Research”
Marxergasse 2
1030 Wien


Ana Fornažar


+385 99 229 8139

Model Forest „River Mirna Basin“ association
154.brigade Hrvatske vojske 2
Pazin 52 000


Eliška Trnková

Czech Republic

+420 (221) 812-923

Forest Management Institute, Czech Republic Forestpedagogy
Nábřežní 1326
250 01 Brandýs nad Labem


Kristi Parro


+372 5646 6479

Estonian State Forest Management Centre
Toompuiestee 24
10149, Tallinn


Kärkkäinen Sirpa



Finnish Forest Association
Salomonkatu 17 A
00100 Helsinki


Schmechel Dirk


++49 8161 714919

Bavarian State Institute of Forestry (LWF)
Ludwigstr. 2
80539 München


Anna Pikus


+48 668 165 112

Centrum Informacyjne Lasów Panstwowch
Ul. Bitwy Warszawskiej 1920 r. nr 3
02-362 Warszawa

Berthold Reichle


+49 (711) 97672-11

Landesbetrieb Forst Baden-Württemberg
Haus des Waldes Königsträßle 74
70597 Stuttgart


Līga Abizāre



Latvia’s State Forests (LVM)
Vaiņodes iela 1
Rīga, LV-1004


Hermes Serge


+352 89 91 27

Luxembourg Nature and Forest Administration
Forest Discovery Centre Burfelt
L-9660 Insenborn


Bjørnstad Bjørn Helge


+47 90 50 58 74

Forestry Extension Institute
Honnevegen 60
2836 Biri


Wiktor Naturski


+48 668 165 112

Forest Educators Association
Stowarzyszenie Edukatorów Leśnych
Lukowska 1/98
04-113 Warszawa


Dana Chlpošová


+421 45 5202203

NATIONAL FOREST CENTRE - Institute for Forest Consulting and Education
Sokolská 2
960 52 Zvolen


Špela Planinšek


+386 1 200 78 34

Slovenian Forestry Institute (SFI)
Večna pot 2
1000 Ljubljana

Rolf Jucker


+41 44 291 21 91

Fondation SILVIVA
Jenatschstrasse 1
CH-8002 Zürich

Sally York

United Kingdom - Scotland

+44 131 314 6354

Forestry Commission
231 Corstorphine Rd
Edinburgh EH12 7AT