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Communication and Outreach

Introduction

Communicating effectively within and outside the forest sector is essential to promote sustainable forest management. The Section produces press and news releases, hosts the Forest Information Billboard, shares presentations and reports and is present in forest-related events. Follow us on flickr, facebook, twitter and youtube.

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 European-wide forum.

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Key areas of work

In focus

NATURE UNLOCKED: UNECE launches global photo contest showing ‎flora and fauna during lockdown to celebrate World Environment Day

As governments worldwide declared lockdowns in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19, animals and plants started reclaiming spaces previously seen as being reserved for human activities: fish, ducks and dolphins inhabited canals and approached shores, while deer, wild goats and monkeys began searching towns and cities for food.

The empty skies and streets offered some respite for nature and made even clearer the huge impact of human activities on biodiversity in cities. While biodiversity in urban context is sometimes neglected, it represents an important part of our efforts to prevent up to one million species from becoming extinct in the years to come. In this light, capturing these historical sights of ‘nature unlocked’ in cities provides a unique chance to reconnect with our natural world as we try to imagine and create a more sustainable future.

To further inspire such visions and to celebrate the World Environment Day 2020, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has launched “Humans locked down, NATURE UNLOCKED: A global photo contest on flora and fauna in the time of COVID-19 in support of the restoration of ecosystems”. This photography contest aims to raise awareness of the alarming speed at which species’ natural habitats are disappearing worldwide and promote the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity as a cornerstone of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

The contest will be open for submissions until 15 September 2020 and welcomes everyone, from amateur photographers to professionals, irrespective of their age, gender or nationality. Photographs can be submitted through this website.

Highlights

At UNFF13 in 2018, the Communication and Outreach Strategy of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests was adopted (Annex 1, page12).

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

Pictures of Meetings and Events

List of all Meetings & Events of the Team of Specialists on Forest Communication (Forest Communicators' Network)

Publications and products of the Network prior to 2011

Events

20 to 22 May 2019
Oslo, Norway

22 to 24 May 2018
Wageningen, Netherlands

30 May to 01 June 2017
Malaga, Spain

20 to 21 December 2016
Vienna, Austria

Videos