Bringing our message to the World: IMFN at the XII World Forestry Congress

From September 21 - 26, 2003, the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) will be in Quebec City to participate in the World Forestry Congress, the largest international gathering of key players in the forest sector. There, more than 5 000 government representatives, researchers, NGOs and community groups from 180 countries are expected to exchange ideas and solutions to some of today's most pressing forestry issues.

The Congress provides an important venue for model forest advocates and practitioners to showcase the unique role model forests play in sustainable forest management. It will also provide the opportunity to:

  • demonstrate achievements of the model forest process as realized over the last decade
  • increase visibility and awareness of model forests as an effective and flexible sustainable forest management tool
  • reinforce and extend international networks
  • influence decision-makers

Representatives from most of the model forests in the International Network are expected to attend the event. The largest contingent will come from Latin America and the Caribbean where the first Regional Office opened in January of this year.

In conjunction with the Canadian Model Forest Network, the IMFN will staff a trilingual (English, French, Spanish) exhibit where participants will be able to read, experience and ask questions about the model forest process. The evening of September 22 we will also co-host an expert panel discussion, case studies and presentations on "the Impacts of Model Forests on Implementing Sustainable Forest Management Policies into Field-level Practice." We hope that you will plan to attend.

The last World Forestry Congress took place in Turkey in 1996. For more information please contact IMFNS Communications Officer Christa Mooney at