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Jul 28, 2014

The Romanian government, Greenpeace and WWF have started the nomination process for the virgin beech forests of Romania to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The designation process and all the procedures related to it will take approximately two years.

Jul 25, 2014

The benefits of using native species in large scale rehabilitation and restoration projects are highlighted in a new publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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Apr 28, 2014

Current challenges for communicating on forests analysed during the annual meeting of the Forest Communicators Network

The UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Communication (also known as the Forest Communicators' Network, FCN) gathered last week (23-25 April 2014) in Berlin, Germany.  The meeting was hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the German Forest Society.

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During the meeting, the current opportunities and challenges for communicating on forests were analysed.  The importance of adapting messages to different audiences and making the best use of social media and innovative approaches for communication were stressed.

Various examples of best practice in forest communication from different countries and organisations were shared during the meeting.  The first edition of the 'Show off your Forest' video and photo contest, organised last year by FOREST EUROPE, was one of these examples.  More than 2.000 people were involved in this initiative, either submitting their works or voting for their favourite photographs and videos.

The FCN gathers on an annual basis, in order to strengthen networking and promote interaction in forest related communications.  This network is composed of experts on this topic belonging to different intergovernmental organisations and fora (such as FAO, UNECE, FOREST EUROPE, United Nations Forum on Forests, and the European Commission); universities and scientific and research organisations and networks (the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, the European Forest Institute, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis among them); and ministries and organisations responsible for forests in different European countries.