The Forest Academy – a unique approach to increasing dialogue around forests in society
The Forest Academy is a communication programme designed to increase social capital. The Forest Academy forums bring together a mix of policymakers, decision-makers and opinion leaders from across the forest sector and the rest of society.
The Forest Academy aims to:
- provide versatile and multi-layered views and information on forests and their role in society
- increase the participants’ general interest in forest issues
- strengthen participants’ abilities to understand the multiple benefits that multi-purpose sustainable forestry brings
- increase interaction and build networks between leaders and influencers from different parts of society
The Forest Academy forums consist of seminar sessions, educational working methods, and visits to production facilities and forest sites. Follow-up seminars and excursions are arranged for those who have attended a Forest Academy forum.
A key factor in the future success of the forest sector is its ability to absorb and influence across sectors
The economic utilisation of natural resources requires acceptance by everyone in society. The Forest Academy communication program can be an efficient tool for producing input for decision making on strategic issues and for policy process preparation.
An adaptable format that can be customised to suit different national conditions
The Forest Academy communication programme can be tailored to meet the different needs and conditions of each country. The programme format is called “Forest Academy – A Programme for Increasing Dialogue around Forests in Society”.
The programme has already been implemented in Latvia, Tanzania (with the UONGOZI Institute), Costa Rica (with CATIE) and Mozambique (with E. Mondlane University).