Improving communication around forests and their role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is vital to deepen awareness among policy makers and the general public, Eugenia Serova, Director of FAO’s Liaison Office with the Russian Federation, told forestry communication experts today. Serova was speaking at the opening of the first regional workshop on forest communication for countries from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, which is being held in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, this week. During the three-day meeting, 23 experts from 12 countries will discuss how to facilitate dialogue between forest communication professionals and develop technical communication skills in the region. The meeting is organized by FAO and the Federal Forestry Agency of the Russian Federation, with support from Austria, Finland and the United Nations FAO/UNECE Forest Communicators Network.
Regional Forest Communicators Networks
The Regional Forest Communicators Networks address a pressing need to promote understanding of topical forestry issues in order to strengthen sustainable forest management in policy and practice.
The networks currently comprise over 300 enthusiastic professionals from both government and private organizations within the forestry sector who come together to:
share best practices and tools to implement effective communication campaigns on a regional level,
promote learning among their members, generate new contacts and alliances, and
exchange up-to-date information on topical forest issues.
First established in Europe almost 20 years ago, there are now six networks in five regions:
Africa (both Francophone and Anglophone networks)
Europe and Central Asia
Mediterranean and the Near East
Latin America and the Caribbean
The networks share their activities online and meet regularly in capacity-building workshops and at forestry conferences to promote best practices in forest communication.
A Global Group assists coordination between the networks and acts as a think-tank and advisory panel.
Find out more about the regional networks or even join in. Contact Maria De Cristofaro for more information.