9th European Forest Pedagogics Congress 2014

Lagów/Poland, 10th to 12th September 2014
„Forestpedagogy – More than telling about forests!”

Short report and conclusions

Under the motto „Forestpedagogy – More than telling about forests!" 120 participants coming from 15 states attended the 9th European-Forestpedagogy-Congress from the 9th – 12th of September in Lagow/Poland.

These 120 forestpedagogs, teachers, educators and foresters discussed on this congress-topic, shared experiences or best practice examples and focussed on new challenges and items Forestpedagogy in Europe is faced with. The hosting organizations were the Polish State Forest Enterprise, the Polish Forest Educators Association and the FCN Subgroup Forestpedagogy.

This year congress wanted to show how forestpedagogy can benefit the human being and how it impacts on responsible citizenship. Practical and innovative approaches visualized, that Forestpedagogy can be more than just knowledge transfer. Because forests – as an ideal model for sustainability - deliver a lot of different values, services and merits to human beings. And: Forestpedagogy programs are more and more demanding for pedagogical impacts on all aspects of human competences.

The congress indicated, that the last ten years of Forestpedagogy in Europe are full of of success-stories in an constantly increasing number of european states. Meanwhile the exchange of Best-practice and Networking for Forestpedagogy in Europe is highly developed (... however still some states are not yet included). Furthermore Projects and Programmes increasingly adress to new target groups, integrate partners to cooperate and develop in quality by offering more than just knowledge – transfer.

But Forestpedagogy – so the congress resumed - is also challenged to climb the higher steps of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Forestpedagogs must intensify the dialogue with groups of all forest-related interests in society and with partners from education. Therefore Forestpedagogogs must identify urgent topics in society (for example health, energy, ..) and develop good fitting Forestpedagogy-offers to get into a dialogue about this themes.

If the different actors are able to succeed in that, than Forestpedagogy will enter political dimensions and so awareness for Forestpedagogy in society and policy will increase.


Opening speech

Dirk Schmechel, FCN-Subgroup-Forestpedagogy
More than telling about Forests

Keynote lectures

Prof. Dr. Anna Kalinowska, Warsaw University, Poland
Educating for Sustainable Development

Bjørn Helge Bjørnstad, Forestry Extension Institute, Norway
Five Steps to Environmental Maturity, from FP to ESD

Krzysztof J. Kwiatkowski, Polish Survival School Association, Poland
Discover Yourself in the Forest

Dr. Kerstin Ensinger, Forest Research Institute, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
Forests and Human Health