A fundamental attribute of Model Forests is the commitment to share the knowledge, experiences and lessons learned from their activities. The IMFN is, therefore, much more than a community of practice, but a platform for education and the exchange of knowledge, know-how and new ideas. Collaborative efforts serve to confirm that many sustainability challenges are universal and that there are experts out there who can educate, guide and inspire innovation.
This collaboration can result in:
- Increased probability of Model Forest project success
- The discovery of innovations otherwise not considered
- A reduction in the time and resources required to develop effective solutions to particular sustainability challenges
- Improved capacity for the next generation of sustainable forest managers
Model Forests also actively promote education and collaborative learning at the local, regional or international levels through:
- Organizing and delivering regional and site-level training workshops
- Facilitating international training opportunities, offering bursaries for courses and providing or hosting volunteers with relevant skills to work in Model Forests
- Encouraging student and researcher involvement in Model Forest activities
- Delivering environmental education programs to children and youth
- Linking with other organizations working to tackle similar issues using similar approaches
Please go to the Activities Database to see the Model Forests working on this theme.