Europe and Central Asia Forest Communicators Network

The UNECE/FAO Forest Communicators' Network (FCN) is the longest established network. It was set up by the UNECE Timber Committee and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) almost 20 years ago. The network consists of more than 200 people from some 40 countries and 40 international organizations and institutions.

While there is often informal ongoing dialogue between members the network also meets annually.

Its objectives are:

  • Supporting forest-related ECE/FAO intergovernmental bodies in reaching out to relevant constituencies, within and outside the forest sector;
  • Providing a forum for international interaction and cooperation in forest related communications;
  • Developing the professionalism of forest communicators by introducing and encouraging state of the art and innovative communication approaches, strengthening networking and supporting capacities in the region.

The current work programme includes

  • Updating the European forest communication strategy;
  • Carrying out a gap analyses of existing opinion research and make proposals for improving monitoring and regular analyses on public perception concerning forests, their management and related products;
  • Building on the European Forest Pedagogics Concept based on best practice examples, common principles and quality standards for forest related environmental education;
  • Providing PR advice to TC/EFC bureaus and joint secretariat, to the Team of Specialists on Forest Products Markets an Marketing as well as to other Teams of Specialists on request

The first regional workshop on forest communication for countries from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, was held in St Petersburg, Russian Federation in June 2016. Experts from nine countries agreed to strengthen communications and boost the visibility of forestry issues in the region.

The UNECE/FAO Forest Communicators' Network (FCN) is mandated by the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) with the overall objective to improve the ability of the forest sector to communicate effectively, within and outside the sector on the role of forests in sustainable development and to advise the ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section and to support communication activities in all Work Areas, through (among others):


  • Team Leader: Kai Lintunen (Finland)
  • Deputy Leaders: Jennifer Hayes (US), Lourdes Lázaro Marín (IUCN), Tomass Kotovičs (Latvia), Gerda Wolfrum (IUFRO)
  • FAO Secretary: Maria De Cristofaro



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last updated:  Wednesday, August 24, 2022