Earlier last year FLEG II developed an educational toolkit “Forest in the context of sustainable development”, for teachers and students, in Moldova. Due to its success and high demand materials are now available in English and Russian for benefit of other FLEG II countries. Focused on forestry it provides collection of topics about forest functions and benefits, climate change and forests, sustainable development and forest certification as well as insight in non-formal educational methods: like outdoor and experiential education approaches.
This publication is mainly addressed to the students from the high schools and colleges specialising in forestry, ecology, environment protection and engineering.The material may be considered as being complementary to the school curriculum, having as its main aim the development of a forestry consciousness and awareness in approaching the forest in terms of a sustainable management. The main objective of this material is to develop the young people as ambassadors of the forest, regardless of the professional context they will be part of after graduating from high school.
The forest also holds other functions than the economic one (i.e. providing the wood resources) and ensures a series of services that are of utmost importance from a social, economic and environmental point of view. In order to maintain all these benefits, it is important to apply a responsible management of the forestry resources, which takes into account its three basic components: the social component, the economic one and the environmental one. Moreover, it is required to involve all stakeholders in the process of forestry management, in order to increase the awareness level of its beneficiaries and in order to make them more responsible in their attitude towards forests.
Through the methods suggested for the interaction with the students, the material aims at creating a framework in which the youngsters could directly experiment certain phenomena, could develop their analytical and verbal skills and would become autonomous in identifying solutions for the forest. The final aim is to stimulate a change of perspective and attitude, contributing to the training of a new generation of informed and active citizens.