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


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.


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


Lenka Pondělíčková Levá

Czech Republic

+420 (221) 812-923

Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic Forestpedagogy
Těšnov 65/17
11000 Praha1


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


Rudolf Navrátil


+421 45 5202244

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