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    International Conference on Forest Education: Breakout Group 3.3 2021
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    In 2020, UNESCO conducted a global survey asking people to share their views on our world’s most pressing challenges and their possible solutions. 67 per cent of those surveyed named climate change and biodiversity loss as the number one challenge we face, and education as key to addressing them. In May 2021, UNESCO launched Learn for our planet – a publication which looked at the rate of integration of environmental themes in national policy and curricula documents. The study found that although environmental themes were often present, the depth of integration was extremely low. Of concern, only 19% of the documents mentioned biodiversity. To safeguard our biodiversity and ensure the survival of our forests, education must urgently change. UNESCO, as lead UN agency for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), advocates and implements this transformative change through its global ‘ESD for 2030’ framework for the period 2020-2030 with a focus on five Priority Action Areas of policy, education and training, educators, youth and communities. ESD for 2030 aims to address environmental, social and economic unsustainable practices and help transform societies through education. ESD equips and empowers learners with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to act for the planet and address the global challenges we face. Through education, learners are encouraged to be responsible actors who contribute to creating a more sustainable world. ESD promotes personal and societal transformative action in learners of all ages by providing them with the tools to design new sustainable systems and ways of living. This breakout group will look specifically at the new ESD for 2030 framework and how it calls on every country to engage a network of national actors and create a plan of action for the transformation of education in all settings and at all levels.
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    International Conference on Forest Education: Breakout Group 2.5 2021
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    Education is being recognized as a key means to build and influence the knowledge, skills and values of citizens to support sustainable development as well as skills for work life, ensuring decent work and entrepreneurship as well as a pro green-development mental mindset. Private sector, as an important forestry stakeholder, has been taking steps to ensure that they exclude unsustainable and illegal wood from their supply chains. Many companies recognise the increasing need to understand and manage the environmental and social impacts embedded in their operations, supply chains and investments. They are taking on commitments and developing corresponding policies. Increasingly, industry associations strongly encourage, and sometimes require, their members to exclude unsustainable and/or illegal wood from their supply chains through members’ codes of conduct, industry statements, or associations’ own purchasing policies. Education plays pivotal roles in fulfilling forestry private sector’s needs to ensure improving performance and the availability of their legal and sustainable products in a changing marketplace through building the capacity of their actors and employees. Likewise, the forestry private sector provides platforms for obtaining and disseminating information, knowledge, education, research and experiences of education activities and actors. The Breakout Group on Private Sector is aimed at: i) learning on the increasing roles of private sector to respond to current challenges in forestry education; ii) identifying gaps and needs of forestry education to enhance the governance of forestry private sector in ensuring the implementation of SFM; iii) confirming valid education formats and contents required by the private sector in current digital work life.
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    International Conference on Forest Education: Breakout Group 3.1 2021
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    The use of digital tools has become an increasing trend for people around the world in their day-to-day dealings. There is firm belief that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, urgent measures need to be in place to ensure several societal priorities are addressed, which include, amongst many others, food and health where continued access to education and training, including on forestry, is imperative to avoid bottlenecks towards sustainable development where priorities may have to be readjusted in the short, mid and longer-term. Particularly, on education, it has become very evident that digitalization has been one of the most important priorities for the global community, who fully realise that continued education through improved teaching techniques imparted online, even during unprecedented times, will better prepare younger generations to be more resilient to similar exigencies in future. This breakout session will aim to discuss relevant information on how to utilize the digital opportunities such as online course and practical software to improve the quality of forest learning. The session will be a most useful and suitable medium to disseminate and promote current efforts on the provision of inclusive and up-to-date digital opportunities for forest learning in a global setting. This will include the reflection from the current ongoing development of ITTO-FAO-IUFRO Online Course on Legal and Sustainable Supply Chains (LSSC). Another aim will also be to examine the potential shortcomings of online education/training with specific reference to forestry/SFM/timber industry.

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