European Forest Week - Status of Preparations

In the lead up to the EFW, a launch event will be also organized in Rovaniemi on 4 November 2013. The event will be opened by the Mayor of Rovaniemi, Mr. Esko Lotvonen, and Rovaniemi will be nominated the official city of EFW 2013.

The communication platform is fully operational and we would like to kindly invite you or your organization to start uploading national events as soon as possible at the following link: www.fao.org/forestry/efw2013/events/en/. This will allow organizers to share widely their events, give them a great visibility and learn more about other EFW events. The platform provides the suggested key messages and numerous communication tools to assist event organizers, such as videos, quizzes and facts about European forests.

Please use the opportunity to spread the word about the Week and encourage other stakeholders to organize national events around Europe. As EFW 2013 will be closely associated with Santa Claus, it could be interesting for some stakeholders to organize events also on 6 December, when some European countries celebrate Saint Nicolas. Therefore, please feel free to encourage such initiatives too.

More information: Ms. Nina Peeva, Communication Officer, UNECE (

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