News from the Regional Communicators Networks

Launch of the North American Forest Communicators Network marks milestone for forest communications 30 January 2024 Mexico — In a significant boost to the global effort in forest communication, the North American Forest Communicators Network was launched last week at the headquarters of the National Forestry Commission of Mexico in Zapopan. [more]
Unlocking the power of forestry communication 20 June 2023 Prague, Czech Republic – Training on podcasts, tips on making AI do what you want and a panel discussion were on the agenda at the UNECE/FAO Forest Communicators’ Network annual workshop meeting, held in Prague. [more]
Young champions stand up for nature and forests  10 September 2021 The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and FAO joined forces this week to train nine young people to become champions for conservation and forests. The young people aged 18-25 from nine countries learned how to speak out about some of the world’s most pressing environmental and sustainable development challenges at a three-day workshop organized on the sidelines of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille. [more]
Nine tips for telling stories through photos and videos 31 August 2021 The Sustainable Wildlife Management Programme recently produced a great training video entitled 9 tips for telling stories through photos and videos . The aim is to document project activities, good practices and solutions to promote biodiversity conservation and food security and to create a regular supply of images and video clips. [more]
Changing the public’s perception of forestry 18 August 2021 The public’s perception of foresters and forestry must change in order to convince young people that forestry is a viable career choice, a breakout session heard at the International Conference on Forest Education . Co-organized by the Regional Forest Communicators Networks and FAO, the session was entitled ‘10 reasons why you should take a job in forestry’ and focused on the need to change public’s perceptions through strategic communication. [more]
Call for young champions for nature and forests 13 August 2021 Young people aged 18-25 now have until 14 August to apply to become young champions for forests and nature. Successful applicants will be invited to attend a three-day workshop from 6 to 9 September 2021 in Marseille, France, on the sidelines of the World Conservation Congress 2021. [more]
Scientists learn how to make a “big bang” for forests 2 October 2019 A communication session organized by the Regional Forest Communicators Networks emphasised that a good story lies at the heart of all successful outreach – the kind that sways hearts and minds and inspires positive social change. [more]
Banging the drum for restoration: the power of communication 26 September 2019 Simplicity is the key to crafting powerful messages that will resonate with the public, participants heard today at a communication session that took place in Cape Town during the 8th World Conference on Ecological Restoration (SER 2019). [more]
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]
Communication and social media boot camp in Beirut, Lebanon 30 March 2019 Organized by the Forest Communicators Networks and FAO, twenty-one participants from nine countries participated in a training workshop for more effective communication and social media skills in Beirut, Lebanon. [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]

last updated:  Friday, November 11, 2022