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 17 states are cooperating.
Mandate and superior objectives
The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (Oslo, June 2011) adopted “European Forests 2020” targets 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 or … to address emerging issues forest knowledge improves through research, education, innovation, information sharing and communication.”
The European Commission adopted on 20th Sept. 2013 a new EU Forest Strategy for forests and the forest-based-sector. The strategy points out that the Commission and the member states “should improve their valuing of the benefits that forests give to society and foster the awareness of Sustainable Forest Management.”
The United Nations adopted on 25 September 2015 their UN-Resolution 70/1: Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Especially Goal 4 adresses education directly: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. In No. 4.7 the resolution demands: “By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development”.
The work programme (adopted in May 2016) of the „Minsterial Conference on forests in Europe (FOREST EUROPE)” highlights in No. 4.6: “Also there is evidence that forests as a learning space, place for recreation and spending leisure time have positive effects on personal development and physical skills, support motivation, creativity and responsibility. Awareness raising, education and informing the public concerning the role of forests and SFM, is an overarching topic leading to increased knowledge, forming positive attitude and perception of forests and the forest sector.”
A: Develop the social and political awareness (forestry sector and other sectors)
A1: The annual congress (designed by FCN-subgroup) is recognized as an important social
and political issue, which is interesting for politicians, decision makers and the media
A2: Forestpedagogy activities are contributing to reach the objectives of the European Forestry Strategy and other superior objectives (No. 1)
A3: Political awareness of Forestpedagogy in EU educational and cultural sector has increased
A4: Forest owners, forest administrations and forest enterprises are communicating about the management of their forests through Forestpedagogy activities
B: Establish Forestpedagogy as a recognized part of ESD
B1: Forestpedagogy is an educational process to reach environmental maturity and
Forestpedagogy is a prime example for ESD
B2: Forestpedagogues are cooperating well with Cooperation with the schools, pre-schools and kindergardens as well as with teachers and pedagogues
C: Improve Communication (internal/external) and strengthen Networking
C1: The FCN-Subgroup-Forestpedagogy is working more and more constantly and structured as well as based on agreed-upon principles and statutes
C2: Networking between the subgroup-member-states has increased
C3: Communication and Cooperation with other international initiatives dealing with the development of Forestpedagogy (for example PAWS, YPEF) has increased
C4: Communication and Cooperation with international initiatives which are responsible for Education for sustainable development or with initiatives from the educational sector has increased
D: Improve the quality of all aspects of Forestpedagogy
D1: Common quality standards of Forestpedagogy programmes are elaborated
D2: Various best practice examples are collected and shared in the programmes of the annual congresses, they are implemented on www.forestpedagogics.eu