UN FAO hosts Wilderness Workshop

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FAO organizes a workshop of the African Forest Communicators Network  

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is pleased to host a regional African workshop on Forest Communication in a Digital World  in Wilderness, South Africa, 4-6 February 2014. 

Forest communicators from across all African countries are invited to participate in this innovative and participatory workshop.  

Specific objectives include facilitating dialogue between communication professionals working in the forestry sector, developing technical skills, and creating new contacts and partners. Participants will exchange information and emerging good practices in digital communications using success stories and case studies. 





The workshop will further strengthen the new forestry communication network for Africa. It will also include a specific segment in support of the preparations for the 14th World Forestry Congress which will be held in September 2015 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The workshop is supported by the governments of Austria and Finland, and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) / FAO Forest Communicators Network, as well as the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) of the Government of the Republic of South Africa. Local support will be provided by Africa Forest Communicators Network members based in South Africa as well as the FAO country office.

While all invitees are most welcome to attend, financial assistance is available to help with travel or accommodation costs of a limited number of participants. However, to ensure that everyone can benefit from the workshop we will ask a small core group to report back to the whole network on the outcomes.

The workshop is being hosted in a rustic South African National Parks log cabin camp based in the small seaside resort of Wilderness in the Western Cape. Wilderness is situated 40 minutes away from South Africa’s world famous, Knysna Forest and is 20 minutes away from the regional centre of George. There are several direct flights from Johannesburg to George every day. 

To express your interest in participating and for any further information, please write to Maria DeCristofaro on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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