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Forest pedagogy: Adventures between communicating and educating

CEFP participated to the 12th European Forest Pedagogics Congress in Czeck Republic, highlighting how private forest owners are engaging in forest communication and forest pedagogy activities.

CEPF Secretary General Emma Berglund giving her presentation during the congress on forest pedagogy.
The 12th annual international congress on forest pedagogy gathered European stakeholders and forest pedagogues and communicators in Milovy, Czech Republic on 3-6 October 2017. The focus of this year’s congress was on “Forest pedagogy – adventures between communicating and educating”, addressing challenges and opportunities in forest pedagogy as both communication and environmental education and the relations between them.
CEPF Secretary General Emma Berglund addressed the congress with a key note speech on how private forest owners are communicating about their forests. She highlighted the importance of forest communication and forest pedagogy activities at local, regional, national and European level in order to increase society’s awareness of the many benefits and solutions generated from sustainable forest management.
Ms Berglund also gave examples of the communication activities of CEPF and how the CEPF members are actively engaging in different kinds of forest pedagogy activities, for example by arranging forest visits for school children. The example of Czech forest owners’ activities was elaborated by Jiří Svoboda, Board member of the Czech Association of Municipal and Private Forest Owners (SVOL) and co-organiser of the Congress. He stressed the opportunity of forest pedagogy to increase awareness around who owns and takes care of the forest and how people should behave when visiting a forest.
The European Forest Pedagogy Congress is organised annually to provide a platform for the exchange of experiences and for the discussion of currently relevant topics or challenges for forest pedagogy in Europe.
The Congress was hosted by the Forest Management Institute of the Czech Republic and co-organised by the Working Group for Forest Pedagogy in Czech Republic. The continuity of the congress is guaranteed by the Forest Communicators Network - Subgroup Forest Pedagogics, a part of the UNECE Timber Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the FAO European Forestry Commission.
Read more about the FCN Subgroup Forest Pedagogics here.

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