Learning about Forests Newsletter November 2016 
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Welcome to LEAF newsletter for November 2016!


This month we have great news from the USA, new resources to share, updates from the International Steering Committee meeting in Copenhagen and COP22 in Marrakesh as well as useful links about outdoor learning and urban trees.

We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and don't forget to share it among your friends and work partners! If you have any stories you would like us to share, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

All the very best,

Barry McGonigal, 

International LEAF Director

Welcome on board NWF!

We are delighted to announce that the United States of America will be the next country to officially join the LEAF programme! Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is one of America’s oldest and most respected conservation education and advocacy organisations. 
The NWF is a full member of the Foundation for Environmental Education and it is also running Eco-Schools and the YRE programmes of FEE in USA.
Read more about NWF on their website.

LEAF International Steering Committee meeting in Copenhagen

The International Steering Committee (ISC) meeting took place on the 28th of November 2016 at the FEE Head Office in Copenhagen.

The ISC is responsible for supporting and advising the International LEAF Director and meets twice a year to discuss the development of the Learning about Forests programme.

All aspects related to growing the programme were discussed and many exciting prospects for the future were investigated in terms of fundraising, research and resources. The programme can now confidently move forward into 2017 with a firm idea of the goals we want to achieve to make it stronger for our members!

Read more about the International Steering Committee and it's members here.

5 ways forestry research contributed to global climate discussions in Marrakesh

From 7-19 November, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, hosted the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), as well as the twelfth session of the of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP12) and the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1).

In this article, the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) outlines 5 key moments for forests and landscapes during COP22. Please read it and share!

More great resources from
Czech Republic 

"The Secret of Water in the Forest" is an educational resource which includes a 1-year forest activities plan for primary schools (recommended for children aged around 8-9).

The guide not only puts the pupils in the right frame of mind in order to tackle the topic of water in the forest, but also fires their inner motivation to learn. The introduction is followed by a series of lessons allowing the pupils to uncover the mysteries of water in the forest using worksheets, group work, games, and by direct observation. Every bit of research and work the pupils undertake has a clear outcome both for the individual and class. This helps to reinforce all the new skills, knowledge and experiences. The guide also offers the opportunity to do something specific for the forest.
You can download the final version in English here!

Thanks to TEREZA Educational Centre for this wonderful resource!

Useful links...

Outdoor learning in urban schools

The Gardian's article about five easy ways urban schools can experiment with outdoor learning.
Learn more

Planting healthy air

"Did you know that trees can actually cool cities and remove pollution from the air?
Read The Nature Conservancy's report.
Learn more
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