L to R: Canadian Delegates: Tracey Cook, Invasive Species Centre Canada; Susan Mulkey; Marie Anick Liboiron and Simon Bridge, Natural Resources Canada
At the invitation of the Secretariat of the North American Forest Commission, Susan Mulkey, BCCFA Manager of Communications and Extension, participated in the kick-off workshop for the North American Forest Communicators Network. The workshop was held in Guadalajara, Mexico, hosted by the National Forestry Commission of Mexico (Comisión Nacional Forestal or CONAFOR), from May 2 to 4, 2018.
The objectives of the workshop were to strengthen professional and effective forest communication in the region, extending cross-sectoral collaboration and establishing a North American Forest Communicators Network.
The workshop brought together forestry professionals of countries from Canada, Mexico and the United States of America to consider the development of the Forest Communicators Network. Since 2011, the Food and Agriculture Organization under the umbrella of the United Nations has supported the development of Forest Communicators Networks in five regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, and the Mediterranean and the Near East. Comprised of nearly 500 professionals representing both private and government organizations, the networks promote communication and dialogue on forestry issues across borders and foster the exchange of knowledge and experience throughout the forest sector.