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    Expert Group Meeting “Green Forest Jobs” paves the way for a sustainable forest sector

    Photo: Wald und Holz NRW

    In April, the FOREST EUROPE Expert Group on Green Forest Jobs gathered in Arnsberg, Germany, at the invitation of “Wald und Holz NRW.” Against the backdrop of Arnsberg’s natural beauty, experts from across Europe came together to explore ways towards a greener and more sustainable forest sector.

    During the meeting, the focal points were the presentation of a report on Novel Green Forest Jobs and the formulation of policy recommendations to promote Green Forest Jobs to policymakers. Experts further discussed important topics like new and innovative roles of jobs in the forestry sector and attractive and engaging ways to communicate these stories to the world. They also talked about how to represent their work effectively at the upcoming IUFRO World Congress in Stockholm.

    The second day of the meeting was all about finding better ways to measure the work and jobs in the forestry sector. Participants shared ideas and experiences to improve our understanding of employment in forestry. The meeting ended with a field trip to the nearby Arnsberg forest, where the experts learned about managing forests in the face of climate change and how to deal with forests that have been affected by disturbances like storms or fires.

    Photo: Wald und Holz NRW

    “We want to thank ‘Wald und Holz NRW’ for their warm welcome and excellent organization,” said Vera Steinberg, workstream leader of Green Jobs and Forest Education and policy advisor at FOREST EUROPE. “Their support made this meeting possible and helped us take important steps to attract the workforce of tomorrow, thus ensuring the sustainable management of our forests.”

    The Expert Group Meeting on Green Forest Jobs shows what can be achieved when people work together. By sharing knowledge and ideas, we can build a future where forests thrive, providing benefits for both nature and people.

    For further information, please contact:

    Vera Steinberg
    FOREST EUROPE Liaison Unit Bonn
    Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe
    Tel.: +49 151 744 827 43
    Mail: vera.steinberg@foresteurope.org
    Thilo Wagner
    Wald und Holz NRW
    Alter Holzweg 93
    59755 Arnsberg
    Tel.: +49 2931 7866 311
    Mobil:+49 171 5870096
    Mail: Thilo.Wagner@wald-und-holz.nrw.de