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Communication and Outreach


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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In focus

The latest cities to join the Trees in Cities Challenge are in Turkmenistan. At the Regional Forum for Sustainable Development in the UNECE Region held on 19 March 2020, the government of Turkmenistan announced its intention to plant over 2.2 million trees in the country’s cities in 2020, out of which 1.6 million trees will be planted in the capital, Ashgabat.

UNECE launched the Trees in Cities Challenge in September 2019. Urban areas are responsible for an estimated 75% of C02 emissions worldwide, making city-level action critical for global efforts. Mayors and other key urban leaders can play a pivotal role in localizing climate action, with immediate impact on the ground and the ability to mobilize citizens and different stakeholders. UNECE will be unveiled a bold new campaign at the Climate Action Summit to promote powerful climate action in cities through a simple yet highly effective nature-based solution: tree-planting.

The Trees in Cities Challenge invites Mayors to make tree-planting pledges and to put these into action. UNECE will showcase cities’ progress on their pledges on a dedicated website and through international fora, encouraging other urban leaders around to world to take concrete local action through the initiative.

[Press Release] [Trees in Cities Website] [Video]


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


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