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    Rapid Response

    The Rapid Response mechanism is an overarching process interconnected to the FOREST EUROPE work streams and communications activities. Emerging issues, High Level Policy Dialogue, communication and public relations activities characterize it. It was introduced in the Work Program 2021-24.

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    The Rapid Response mechanism includes the screening of available information on different sources to identify emerging issues on forest and forest-related topics and promptly react with sound science information and innovative communication products.

    How it works

    1. Monitoring and selection

      LUBo frequently screens available information on the different sources (social media, newspapers, web, etc.) and/or acquiring insights during science and policy events.

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    2. Relevance level

      LUBo uses the relevance index to assess the issues. This is a key instrument for identifying emerging issues that are in line with FOREST EUROPE declarations and resolutions’ topics (produced since 1990).

      • Forest management (i.e. SFM)
      • Climate change
      • Economics
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    3. Evaluation

      The team needs to evaluate, among others, the level of importance of an emerging issue according to the work programme, interest of signatories and observers, key players and target group, and possible collaboration with partners.

    4. Output

      Then they need to identify the optimal communication format considering the emerging issues details, scientific background material available, time and resources.

      1. Social media

        Share information about scientific papers or relevant messages including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

      2. Online publication

        Write a blogpost or newsletter to report the latest the scientific findings and figures for forests in Europe and their wider implications.

      3. Webinar

        From the roots to the canopy, a series to enhance cross-sectoral knowledge exchange and target different audiences with innovative and tempting debates.

      4. Podcast

        A podcast that highlights challenges, gaps and solutions from the FE signatory countries point of view on an emerging issue.

      5. High Level Policy Dialogue

        This dialogue brings together ministers, high-level policy makers, environmental organizations, forest managers, researchers, youth and landowners to provide a space for knowledge exchange and promote synergies in the pan-European region.

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    Supporting the recovery and sustainable management of Ukrainian forests and its forest sector

    During the High-Level Policy Dialogue 2022, the Ministerial Decision “Supporting the recovery and sustainable management of Ukrainian forests and its forest sector” was endorsed. The FOREST EUROPE Secretariat (LUBo) is actively working on implementing this project with the active support of FOREST EUROPE signatories, observers, and interested stakeholders (e.g. Ukrainian authorities, and environmental NGOs).

    We ask for your help! Please inform us about:

    Forest vacated in April 2022 in the Kiev region.

    • planned or already active projects or any support activities of your government/your organization that support the recovery and sustainable management of Ukrainian forests and its forest sector.
    • any other international, national, or regional initiatives you are aware of in the forestry and/or nature conservation in Ukrainian forests.

    If you have the intention to support this work or have relevant information listed before, please contact Silvia Abruscato at silvia.abruscato@foresteurope.org.)

    Picture: Forest vacated in April 2022 in the Kiev region.

    Status quo report of forests in Ukraine by Liubov Poliakova and Silvia Abruscato

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