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Global assessment of forest education

Creation of a Global Forest Education Platform and Launch of a Joint Initiative under the Aegis of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (FAO-ITTO-IUFRO project GCP /GLO/044/GER)












Rekola, M., Sharik, T.L. 2022. Global assessment of forest education – Creation of a Global Forest Education Platform and Launch of a Joint Initiative under the Aegis of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (FAO-ITTO-IUFRO  project GCP /GLO/044/GER). Forestry Working Paper No. 32. Rome, FAO. 




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