News from the Regional Communicators Networks

Asia-Pacific forest communicators gear up to communicate sustainable forest management to journalists 17 June 2019 Communicating effectively about forestry to the media and the wider world was the focus of a communication workshop attended by 25 participants from 11 countries as part of Asia-Pacific Forestry Week in Incheon, Korea, this week. [more]
Successful forest-related communications requires clear messages that counter misconceptions 26 October 2018 Successful communications requires carefully developed messaging that ‘speaks’ directly to important target audiences and addresses any misconceptions about forest management, specialists in forest-related outreach explained during a training workshop for the Latin America and the Caribbean Forest Communicators Network. [more]
Workshop training focuses on reaching key audiences with forest-related messaging 28 September 2018 Successful communication requires carefully developed messaging that ‘speaks’ clearly and directly to the most important target audiences, specialists in forest-related outreach explained during a training workshop for the Asia-Pacific Forest Communicators Network. [more]
Workshop shows scientists how to communicate complex forest issues 20 September 2018 Successfully communicating complex messages related to science, especially information involving climate change and the forest sector, was the theme of a workshop held today for scientists from around the world. [more]
Engaging stakeholder interest critical to communicating ecosystem services 12 December 2017 By learning strategies to engage the interest of stakeholders and decision-makers, specialists in ecosystem services can better convey important data and information, a session on communications heard during the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) world conference on Tuesday. [more]
Strategies to capture public interest critical in communicating forestry issues 28 September 2017 Forest communicators need effective strategies to capture interest in order to better inform the public and decision-makers about vital issues and messages related to the forest sector, a session on the issue heard during the 2017 Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Annual Conference in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. [more]
Foresters in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia acquiring strategic communication skills 4 July 2017 Strengthening strategic communications on the importance of forests and forestry in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia is the focus of a three-day international workshop opening here today. [more]
Public perceptions of forestry ‘need to change’ 21 July 2016 Public perceptions of forestry need to change, a World Forest Week session on forest communications heard this week on the sidelines of the 23rd Committee on Forestry. At the session, How do we lead forestry out of the woods?, founding partner and head of strategy for M&C Saatchi Abel (South Africa) Robert Grace argued that forest communications need to engage on a human level, moving away from statistics, in order to shift negative perceptions of forestry issues. They were joined by the members of the Regional Forest Communicators Networks. [more]
Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia agree to boost forest communications 8 June 2016 Forest communications experts from nine countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia have agreed to strengthen communications and boost the visibility of forestry issues in the region. Representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation committed to setting up a regional sub group on forest issues of specific relevance to the region within the UNECE/FAO Forest Communicators Network (FCN). The commitment was the result of the first regional workshop on forest communication for countries from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, which was held in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 1-3 June. [more]
Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia focus on forest communications 1 June 2016 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. [more]
Regional Forest Communicators Networks membership soars 10 March 2016 Membership of the Regional Forest Communicators Networks has risen by 50 percent over the last year, the Global Group on Forest Communication reported at its annual global coordination meeting. The regional networks (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Mediterranean and the Near East) now have more than 440 members thanks to outreach at high profile events such as the World Forestry Congress. Networks have worked collaboratively to push for improved communications within the forestry sector and promoted the many benefits that come from joining a regional network. “People who might have worked in often quite isolated situations are joining us and finding other professionals who share very similar problems,” said Patricia Sfeir of the Mediterranean and Near East Forest Communicators Network, explaining the increase in membership. “We provide free practical opportunities for skills development, sharing exciting new ideas, and finding innovative ways of doing things.” [more]
Improving forest communication for people and forests 3 March 2016 Effective communication can not only raise awareness on forests but also bring about real change, according to a session organized at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week by the Asia-Pacific Forest Communicators Network (APFCN), with the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) and FAO. [more]
Agroforestry World Blog: Asia-Pacific Forest Communication Network meets urgent need 27 February 2016 Policy makers, governments and international organizations increasingly recognize the urgent need for the forestry sector to improve its communication capacity and activity across countries and regions. More than 35 communication workers, resource mobilizers, natural-resources managers and foresters from ten countries in the Asia-Pacific region met on 25 February 2016 in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines to learn about Participatory Development Communications (PDC) approaches in working with local communities. [more]
Calling for events at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2016 27 November 2015 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and its partners invite people interested in, and committed to, sustainable forest management in Asia and the Pacific to come together for Asia-Pacific Forestry Week in Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines, 22-26 February 2016. Held in conjunction with the 26th Session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission, APFW 2016 is expected to be one of the largest and most important forestry gatherings in the region in 2016. The Week is designed to encourage broad participation and capture the synergies of running many events under a single umbrella. Organizations with an interest in Asia-Pacific forestry are invited to run their own partner events during the Week. Don’t miss this important opportunity for your organization. Event applications close 15 December. [more]
New report and policy briefs - Mainstreaming gender into forest policies in Asia and the Pacific 5 March 2015 A new FAO and RECOFTC report aims to understand how gender perspectives are being integrated in the forest policies of eight countries: Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Accompanying policy briefs highlight the key challenges for women’s participation in forestry and outline recommendations to promote gender mainstreaming further in forestry. [more]
Forest Communicators Calendar - promoting sustainable forestry 13 January 2015 Download the 2015 calendar free from the Forest Communicators Network, featuring images from around the world. [more]
Training manual and video on equity in forests and climate change from RECOFTC 25 September 2014 The USAID-funded Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in Mekong (GREEN Mekong) programme has released, 'Improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context', to develop knowledge and capacity for grassroots facilitators to conduct meaningful participatory processes. Together with Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests, they have also produced a training video on gender equity, explaining the concept and outlining best practices. [more]
Adapting to climate change – how can we foster innovative ideas that work? 15 September 2014 Bangkok: RECOFTC is pleased to announce a special event on 23 September: Adapting to climate change – how can we foster innovative ideas that work? Throughout the Asia and the Pacific region, local communities are innovating ways to adapt to the impacts of climate change. International experts will come together to discuss how local communities are adapting to climate change through community forestry, what can we learn from those communities, and how we can play a role in ensuring that institutions are supporting local communities to respond to climate change. [more]
African Bees for a Green & Golden Economy symposium 29 August 2014 This will be the first symposium on beekeeping to be held in Africa. The symposium is cordinated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) and will be held in Arusha, Tanzania, in November. MNRT is requesting the participation of as many Africans as possible and we also invite everybody outside Africa. [more]
Global Forest Communicators Group connect in Rome 26 June 2014 Forest communicators representing over 300 of their counterparts around the world met in Rome on 26 June 2014 on the margins of the Committee on Forestry. In a series of focused discussions, the Global Forest Communicators Group developed proposals for strengthening the regional networks, principally by facilitating capacity development, and for improving communication and outreach on forest issues. Watch the video about the regional networks. [more]

last updated:  Monday, March 4, 2019