How Can the IMFN Best Share Knowledge?

Many model forests have a wealth of knowledge and information on hand. However, knowing which other sites might be interested in the information and the best form to share it can be difficult. In early February, representatives from five model forests, the IMFN Secretariat, the Ibero-American Model Forest Network (IAMFN) Management Team and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) participated in the first CUSO Kedlap Project workshop. Kedlap is an IDRC-supported project exploring knowledge management approaches and techniques with CUSO cooperants in model forests in Latin America. To avoid duplication of effort with IMFN knowledge sharing efforts, the Secretariat and the IAMFN have been working closely with CUSO since the project's inception.
 
Kedlap will explore the use of online tools such as blogs, discussion boards and electronic courses to facilitate knowledge exchange between participating model forests. In this vein, the IMFN and CUSO will work together to implement a "systematization of experiences" pilot project in Alto Malleco, Jujuy, Chiquitano, Reventazón and Atlántida Model Forests (the five sites participating in the Kedlap project).

Systematization involves processes of critical reflection and adaptation at regular intervals along a project's lifespan (learning by doing, reflecting, adjusting then doing again). The participation of local actors is crucial as systematization is oriented toward the generation of lessons learned, the application of those lessons and their contribution to a larger body of knowledge that can then be shared. If successful, the experience will be replicated in other areas of the IMFN. For more information, contact Christa Mooney of the IMFN Secretariat at cmooney@nrcan.gc.ca or Marie-Eve Landry of the Ibero-American Model Forest Network Management Team at landry@catie.ac.cr.