Forest Academy: 20 years of experience

Advanced group work methods are an essential part of the Forest Academy. Photo: Erkki Oksanen.

The Forest Academy communication concept and programme is produced by the Finnish Forest Association. It is a non-governmental, non-profit cooperation and communication body joining all major forest-related interests in Finland.

Creating social capital needs a reasonable mix of reactive and proactive communication. Social capital refers to trust, networks and shared views that exist between one sector and the rest of society.
Creating social capital needs a reasonable mix of reactive and proactive communication. Social capital refers to trust, networks and shared views that exist between one sector and the rest of society.

The Finnish Forest Association has applied the Forest Academy communication concept successfully in Finland. Since 1996, it has organised 40 forums for top-level decision-makers from the forest sector and rest of society, under the project Forest Academy for Decision-Maker.

So far, 1 200 top-level societal decision-makers in Finland, most of them acting outside the forest sector, have participated in the forums, thus increasing their knowledge, networking, trust and interest in the forest sector.

Owing to its input in forest sector development, Forest Academy for Decision-Makers has received several valued acknowledgements from Finnish forest sector organizations.

Background the particpants of the Finnish Forest Academy in 1996-2014.
Background of the particpants of the Finnish Forest Academy in 1996-2014.