Mediterranean and Near East Forest Communicators Network

Communication and social media boot camp in Beirut, Lebanon

30-31 March 2019, Beirut, Lebanon

21 participants from 9 countries participated in a training workshop over the weekend that focused on effective communication and building social media skills and which was organized by the Forest Communicators Networks and FAO, in Beirut, Lebanon. The workshop, which was funded by FAO the governments of Austria and Finland, coincided with the start of the 6th Mediterranean Forest Week today in Lebanon.

©Pilar Valbuena The interactive workshop was designed to boost regional learning and to encourage knowledge sharing while providing state-of-the-art training in forest communications such as successful case studies on bioeconomy, conflict management and media relations. Workshop participants learned how to get their message heard and understood through hands-on training in the fundamentals of communication and with concrete examples from successful campaigns.

The workshop also included a social media boot camp in which participants gained social and digital media skills in content creation, curation and dissemination. After completing the boot camp, the participants will form the core of the social reporting team for the 6th Mediterranean Forest Week, working on-site to actively cover the event online.

Leaders from the Regional Forest Communicators Networks from Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean and Near East also provided their expertise and shared best practices and tools to implement effective communication.

The Regional Forest Communicators Networks is a network of nearly 500 professionals from governments, the private sector and international and national organizations that promotes communication and dialogue on forestry issues worldwide. Members liaise to improve forest communication and work to develop professionalism among forest communicators.

Mediterranean forest communicators commit to network objectives

9-11 November 2015, Rabat, Morocco

The Forest Communicators Network in the Mediterranean and Near East reinforced its pledge to increase the visibility of forest issues in the region at a workshop in Rabat, Morocco, this week. Communications experts from Algeria, France, Greece, Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey agreed on a series of commitments that include stepping up communication on the need to boost the resilience of the region’s forests to increasing threats – largely from climate change, fire, storms, pests and diseases.

The network pledged to define a common vision and clear messaging for the region’s forests to improve cooperation on communication issues, and to advocate for communication to be incorporated into policy decisions and planning from the outset. Facilitated by FAO with support from GIZ and the governments of Austria and Finland, the workshop also provided participants with capacity building training to refresh social media skills, and network representatives agreed on communications support for the fifth Mediterranean Forest Week, which will take place in Morocco in 2017.

Workshop 13-15 May 2014

Over 30 participants from 10 countries including Egypt, France, Iran, Jordan, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon and Turkey attended an international workshop on forest communication in Rabat, Morocco from 13 to 15 May 2014. Facilitated by FAO, the main aims of this workshop were to develop and strengthen forestry communications capacity in the region and to explore the possibility of establishing a self-sustaining sub-regional network of communication practitioners. Representatives from government agencies and NGOs from around the Mediterranean and Near East region recognized the need to better coordinate and communicate forest issues and a working group was established. The participants will give communication support for the forthcoming Mediterranean Forest Week in Barcelona in 2015.

© Colin Morton

 The Mediterranean and Near East communication workshop was supported by GIZ and the governments of Austria and Finland.

Meeting report



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