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.
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
Task A - Strategic affairs:
Dirk Schmechel, Germany/Bavaria
- Forestpedagogy and Forest policy
- Strategic questions and European FP Strategy
- Coordination of the annual report to the FCN
- Public Relation and Internet
Task B - External affairs / education:
Björn-Helge Björnstad, Norway
- Communication and coordination of the subgroups tasks with European Institutions or organisations in the educational sector and the sector of ESD
- Identification of current developments and innovations concerning ESD and Forestpedagogy; integration into the working process of the subgroup.
- External inquiries
Task C - External affairs / economy:
Thomas Baschny, Austria
- Communication and coordination of the subgroups tasks with European Institutions or organisations in the economy - sector (forestry, timber, other sectors)
- Partnerships and financial support
- Connection with other networks between foresters in Europe
- External inquiries
Task D - Internal affairs:
Anna Pikus, Poland
- Coordination/organisation of the Subgroup meetings together with the hosts and moderation of the subgroup meetings
- Controlling of appointments
- Coordination of project- or working groups
Task E - Annual Congress 2017
“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.
A. Compile best-practise-examples on forest related environmental education
A.1. Development of a questionnaire, carrying out a European-wide survey
A.1. Evaluation of the survey; supplementary research project; report
B. Elaborate common principles and quality standards
B.1: Further development of the existing working document (definition, principles, objectives)
B.2: Collection of the different qualification- and certification- concepts or -strategies
C. Develop a European Forest Pedagogics cooperation-concept
C.1: Enforcement of the Networks duties by periodical meetings or working groups
C.2: Establishment of an Internet-contact- and information-platform (web-site)
C.3: Organisation of an annual international FP-congress
C.4: Support of the International Year of Forests and European Forest Weeks