Art contest launched for European Forest Week 2017

Young people encouraged to paint and draw what forests mean to them

14 June 2017, Rome - Young people aged 5-19 across Europe are being invited to tap into their creative sides and produce a piece of art that shows what the region’s forests mean to them for an art contest celebrating European Forest Week 2017.

Entries for the contest should reflect the topic ‘Forests: our common good’, which is the theme of the fourth European Forest Week taking place 9-13 October in Warsaw, Poland, and hosted by the Polish government.

The aim of the contest is to encourage young people to express their ideas, thoughts and feelings about European forests, which cover more than a third of the region’s land surface and provide multiple benefits.

The winner and two runners-up in each of three age categories (5-8, 9-12 and 13-19) will have their artwork featured in a calendar and at a European Forest Week exhibition in Warsaw.

Entries, which need to be submitted before 31 July, should be paintings or drawings but can be produced using pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, and oil, acrylic or watercolor paint – or even created digitally.

Europe’s forests – key to sustainable development

Europe’s forest area continues to increase and is currently gaining almost 2 billion trees each year.

Sustainably managing these forests helps to slow the effects of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. In fact, every year European forests sequester an average of 719 million tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent of about 9 percent of Europe’s net greenhouse gas emissions.

At the same time, more than 30 million hectares of Europe’s forests have been protected to conserve biodiversity and landscape. Over the last 15 years, the area of protected forests in Europe has increased annually by half a million hectares.

In addition, Europe’s forests are a source of food, shelter, fuel, forest products, and recreation to many of the region’s inhabitants.

The first European Forest Week was celebrated in 2008 and works to increase the forest sector’s visibility in the region as well as influence pan-European and global discussions related to forests.

Organizers hope that national and local celebrations of the week will be organized across Europe.

European Forest Week 2017 will be held in conjunction with Las2017 (‘las’ means ‘forest’ in Polish), the Joint Session of the UNECE Committee of Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI), and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC).


last updated:  Wednesday, June 14, 2017