Archive: 2021

FOREXT Friday focused on Finland

In the March edition of FOREXT Friday, we heard from two experts at the Finnish Forest Centre.

The forests in Finland are not only economically important but also their recreational use is exceptionally wide. During the corona crisis, the Finns have deepened their relationship with nature and forests in particular.

As more than 600,000 Finns are forest owners, that is one out of ten Finns, the role of the Finnish Forest Centre in supporting them and other actors in the field means they need to develop their services all the time. In the webinar, Anna Rakemaa introduced the work FFC is doing in digital monitoring of forest use and Jyrki Haataja talked about Finland’s forest strategies, both national and regional. The webinar was facilited by Anssi Niskanen.

Watch the recording here.

Download Anna Rakemaa’s presentation

Download Jyrki Haataja’s presentation

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Forext Friday: National Carbon Codes in France, the UK and Spain

In February 2021, the FOREXT Friday looked the national carbon codes in France, the United Kingdom and Spain. The webinar was facilitated by Benjamin Chapelet (CNPF) with a short presentation of the network by Mark Prior, Forestry Commission. Our speakers were: Olivier Gleizes (CNPF) on the “Label Bas-Carbone”, the French national framework for voluntary carbon mitigation in forest with private funds; Pat Snowdon (Scottish Forestry) on “Woodland Carbon Code”, the UK framework for voluntary carbon mitigation in forest and Marta Hernández de la Cruz (Spanish Office for Climate Change) on “Registro de la Huella de Carbono”, the Spanish framework for voluntary carbon mitigation in forest.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/AnmZAgzTuV4

FOREXT Friday: Adapting extension activities in the context of COVID-19

In our first FOREXT Friday, we were happy to welcome Steven Meyen from Teagasc who talked about adapting extension activities in the context of COVID-19. We also heard from Ian Baker from SmallWoods, who shared about the changes their work faced as the pandemic hit. Nuala Ní Fhlatharta from Teagasc and Mark Prior from Forestry Commission facilitated the discussion. The full recording of the webinar is available here.

Nuala Ní Fhlatharta pointed out that COVID-19 has made extension services reconsider how they operate and how they can most effectively deliver their services. Many of the forest and land owners depend on accessing a range of support services, both on a one-to-one basis and in groups, to progress their plans for their forests and manage them appropriately. While the digital leap has brought innovation and new forms of services, we still need to be conscious that the profile of some of the clients may mean that they have limited capacity to upskill in relation to digital communications and we must avoid alienating them.

Steven Meyen and Ian Baker both emphasised that even with the current limitations, we can reach out and connect with a multitude of digital tools. Effective communication, along with developing new ideas, requires resources, skills and the flexibility to be able to respond rapidly to the changing demands of the clients as well as the tools.

For Teagasc and SmallWoods, the pandemic has increased the demand for their newsletters and visits on social media channels as well as on their websites. While webinars and online meetings have to an extent substituted in-person seminars, one-to-one consultations and site visits, not all services translate into online content. For example, many of the SmallWoods courses deal with crafts, which require tools that the participants would not have access to in their homes.

Despite being able to successfully take the digital leap, Meyen and Baker believe that the online tools will not entirely replace the live site visits or the in-person peer-to-peer learning, which are crucial part of the work extension services do.

The full recording of the webinar is available at  https://youtu.be/upyWpg2ophc
Note the video has been timestamped so in case you are interested in a particular section, be sure to check the description field on YouTube.

Download Steven Meyen’s presentation.

More info about Teagasc Forestry Development Department https://www.teagasc.ie/forestry/ or on Twitter @teagascforestry

Download Ian Baker’s presentation.

More info about SmallWoods: https://www.smallwoods.org.uk/ or on Twitter @lovesmallwoods

FOREXT Fridays

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One of the member benefits are FOREXT Fridays, a series of webinars where our members share their experiences and learn from each other. If you work with one of our member organisations and would like to participate, email Minna Korhonen at firstname.lastname@efi.int

29 January 2021 at 1 pm CET

On our first FOREXT Friday, we are happy to welcome  Steven Meyen from Teagasc, who will be talking about adapting extension activities in the context of COVID 19. We will also hear from Ian Baker, who works with smallwoods.org.uk. Nuala Ní Fhlatharta from Teagasc and Mark Prior from Forestry Commission are facilitating the discussion.

26 February 2021 at 1 pm CET

In February, we will focus on voluntary carbon schemes.

Discussion facilitated by Benjamin Chapelet from National Forest Ownership Centre (CNPF), France.

Olivier Gleizes, CNPF,  presents Label bas-carbone, the French national framework for voluntary carbon mitigation in forest with private funds.