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Communication and Outreach

Communicating effectively within and outside the forest and forest products sector is essential to promote sustainable forest management. Enhancing the efforts of the Committee and the Commission to reach out to relevant constituencies to draw attention to the regional priorities in the forest sector and to increase the dissemination of the information and tools produced, at the national, regional and global levels, will make an important contribution to this end. 

The Section produces press releases and news releases, hosts the Forest Information Billboard, updates event websites to share presentations and reports, and makes an effort to be present in large forest related events for example by organizing side events. The Section has established the UNECE-FAO Forests flickr account to share photographs from relevant events, and contributes to other social media through UNECE facebook, UNECE twitter and youtube accounts.

The UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Communication - the Forest Communicators' Network - is the major platform for forest communication experts to exchange and find common strategies. Its sub-group on Forest Pedagogics is an europeanwide forum for information and communication about forest pedagogics.

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In Focus

The theme of the International Day of Forests celebrated on 21 March 2018 was Forests and Sustainable Cities. Forests are indeed key to making cities greener, healthier and happier places to live. Vertical forests, vertical farming, and high-rise wooden skyscrapers: the denser our cities become, the greater the need to address the lack of space available for plants and trees, and to think about innovative ways of integrating natural systems into our urban spaces – where the sky is the only limit. The use of wood in construction will remain an important issue for discussion at this year’s ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry, which will take place in Vancouver from 5 to 9 November 2018.

The International Day of Forests 2019 will be celebrated under the theme Forests and Education.


The High Level Political Forum in New York 2018 put the spotlight on the role that clothing manufacture and consumer fashion can have for a better planet with a new video, called “Made in Forests.”

At the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on 10 July 2018, in New York,  10 different UN organizations agreed to establish a UN Alliance on Sustainable Fashion.

The Forest Information Billboards provides quarterly information on forest topics and relevant developments in the UNECE region.

The video “More Heat with Less Wood” was launched during the 38th joint ECE/FAO Working Party

Other Forest Related Events are available at the websites of: FAO, Forest Europe, EFI, UNFF, GFIS


22 to 24 May 2018
Wageningen, Netherlands

30 May to 01 June 2017
Malaga, Spain

20 to 21 December 2016
Vienna, Austria

29 August to 01 September 2016
Portland, Oregon, USA


Made in Forests - Michelle Yeoh tells a short story on sustainable fashion

European Forest Week Video ENG;
Polish version

Wood Energy Efficiency: More Heat with Less Wood ENG/RUS; Albanian version; Georgian version;
Turkish version

Role of Forests in the ECE Region: Trends and Challenges in Achieving the Global Objectives on Forests