The Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the forestry directorate of the Scottish Government, advising on and implementing forestry policy and managing the national forest estate. Their mission is: to protect and expand Scotland’s forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment. Both climate change and outdoor learning are high strategic priorities for FCS.
Their Climate Change Action Plan was launched in 2009 and will be reviewed in 2011. 2011 is International Year of Forestry and as part of the celebrations, they are supporting this important initiative through the Forests for the Future resource, as a UK–wide venture, as well as encouraging schools to visit their recreational forests.
International Year of Forests: 2011
The United Nations has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests.
It has invited governments, organisations and individuals to do all they can to raise public awareness of the key role of forests and sustainable forest management in building a greener, more equitable and sustainable future.
The Forestry Commission was pleased to play its part and will make a full contribution to the UK’s response. Their programme of educational, community and recreational events throughout the year will be used to highlight the Year of Forests and they are planning many more projects and events throughout 2011.