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Communication, forests and climate change in Europe under discussion
Spain hosts the annual meeting of the European Forest Communicators Network.
29 May 2017, Malaga, Spain – More than 30 forest communication experts are meeting this week in Malaga to discuss and compare their experiences on communicating the issues forests face in Europe and in other regions of the world, including climate change.
This annual meeting of the European Forest Communicators Network (FCN), promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), aims to improve the capacity of the forestry sector to communicate its activities and products more effectively. The FCN was established more than 20 years ago and has more than 220 members from 38 countries and international organizations. This year's annual meeting is organized in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Among topics under discussion this week will be challenges for forest communication in the Mediterranean region, evidence-based communication in the age of fake news, and the role of communication in adapting forests to climate change.
Participation in the FCN is open to anyone who shares a concern for the common goals and tasks of the Forest Communicators Network. The FCN also explores innovative communication approaches to increase understanding of the importance of forests and their proper management for life on earth.
In recent years, FAO has facilitated the creation of a further five Regional Forest Communicators Networks to cover the rest of the world: Africa (Francophone and Anglophone networks), Asia-Pacific, Mediterranean and the Near East, and Latin America and the Caribbean.