We tailor our workshops to the needs of the participants.
These are usually 2-3 days duration.
Recent topics include:
- Effective social media
- Strategic communications
- Situational analysis
However, they all have certain things in common:
- The focus is firmly on forests and forestry communications
- Highly participatory in nature – participants are expected to contribute
- Supported by quality materials and handouts
- Effective professional capacity building through experience sharing and collaboration
- Dialogue and experience sharing among participants is key
- Real life scenarios used as examples
- Highly experienced speakers and facilitators with extensive knowledge of forest communications at national and international level
- Cross sectoral approach involving industry, government and international organisations
- Outcome orientated – all workshops are aimed at producing tangible outcomes and results – 5 effective regional forest communication networks have been created through our workshops (see below)
Language does not present a barrier. Most workshops are presented in English and many with instant translation.
Some of our workshops
International Workshop on Communication and Forests in Latin America, November 2011, Lima, Peru
This pilot workshop was the catalyst in creating the Latin America Forest Communicators Network. Specific objectives were to facilitate dialogue between communication professionals working in the forestry sector, identify common communication challenges, and create new contacts and partners. The workshop contents and methodology aimed to share valuable experiences and best practices to promote the effective implementation of communication strategies and plans within forestry projects and programs in Latin America. A follow up workshop in 2012 expanded and further extended the network to Central America bringing new members from additional countries.
Strengthening forest communication on sustainable forest management in a changing climate, June 2012, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Participants from several countries met in Bagamoyo, Tanzania to discuss issues on forestry communication in the eastern and southern region of Africa. The aims of this workshop were to develop and strengthen forestry communications capacity in the region and to explore the possibility of establishing a self-sustaining sub-regional network of communication practitioners. The workshop was very well received and was instrumental in creating the first forest communicators network in Africa.
Strengthening Forest Communications in Francophone West and Central Africa, October 2013, Windhoek, Namibia
This workshop had very similar aims and objectives as that for eastern and southern Africa. Similarly well-received, it resulted in participants from Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Togo, Burundi, Gabon, Senegal, Madagascar, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo signing a resolution to create a new network for this region and agreeing on steps to create the tools necessary for the network’s future activities. The two African networks later merged to form a single network for Africa.
Strengthening Forest Communications in the Asia Pacific – Sept 2013, Hanoi, Vietnam
Twenty-six communication and forestry officers from both private and public sector organisations throughout the Asia-Pacific region gathered in Hanoi to discuss and identify regional opportunities for collaboration in forest communication issues and knowledge sharing. The meeting resulted in wide-ranging agreement on the need for a communication network and a working group was formed to define the details of how the network would be formed and operated. The working group reported on the development and activities of the communication network at the 25th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) in New Zealand, in November 2013.
Communicating Forestry in the Mediterranean Region, Rabat, Morocco, May 2014
30 participants from 10 countries including Egypt, France, Iran, Jordan, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon and Turkey attended this workshop on forest communication The aims of this workshop were to develop and strengthen forestry communications capacity in the region and to explore the possibility of establishing a self-sustaining sub-regional network of communication practitioners. Representatives from government agencies and NGOs from around the Mediterranean and Near East region recognized the need to better coordinate and communicate forest issues and a working group was established.
Forest Communication for Countries from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, St Petersburg, Russia, June 2016
Participants at this workshop identified the important communications challenges in the forestry sector in the region; explored how sharing knowledge and experience could help develop opportunities and techniques to tackle them; and came up with a plan of action to form a sustainable expert network. A follow up workshop is planned for July 2016 in Kyrgyzstan.