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
FP has a huge potential to contribute to the objectives of the EU-FAP.
There is high relevance to the objectives 2 and 3:
- Improving and protecting the environment
- Contributing to the quality of life
There is also a relevance to the objectives 4 and 1:
- Fostering coordination and communication
- Improving long-term competitiveness
The wealth of experiences made and lessons learned with FP in various countries provides an excellent basis for development further the concept and promoting it throughout the European region. The EU - Forest Action Plan particularly through its key action 10
- Encourage environmental education and information
calls for specific activities in this regard.
The working programme (2007 – 2011) for the implementation of the FAP (key action 10) of the SFC (Standing Forestry Commission) covers the following two activities:
- 10.1: Exchange experience between MS on environmental education and information campaigns
- 10.2: Review activities of MS in promoting education on sustainable forest
The working programme (2007 – 2011) also indicates that the Forest Communicators network (FCN) should be the instrument to exchange views and report results into the SFC (AGFC). Therefore the FCN founded the FCN Subgroup Forest Pedagogics at its meeting in Bilbao, may 2008.
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