Rural mountain communities within the Ifrane Model Forest in Morocco rely on wood to supply many of their energy needs. Heating and baking bread account for over 85 % of the total domestic consumption of fuelwood. In particular, traditional bread ovens consume an average of 40 kg of wood per day in the mountains and 24 kg in low altitude areas. As well, the traditional bread ovens are outside the homes and mainly used by women who are regularly exposed to cold temperatures in the winter months.
The Araucarias del Alto Malleco Model Forest (Chile) includes a high concentration of Araucaria araucana trees, other significant native forest ecosystems, and a large indigenous population of Mapuche-Pehuenche peoples. The Araucaria and its fruit, the piñon, play an important role in the traditional culture of the Mapuche-Pehuenche.
The Model Forest Development Toolkit is a collection of guides that Model Forests can use during their development and operations to strengthen their organizational capacity and program delivery. The Toolkit is designed as a collection of modules to allow for easy revision and quick reference. The following modules are currently available:


In the past, climate could be thought of as fairly stable over the long-term. Communities expect the natural seasonal shifts with the odd extreme event from time to time. Until recently a changing climate has not been a factor that needs to be understood and considered in community plans and decisions.

The Regional Model Forest Network for Asia is pleased to announce that its first website is now online. Find out what we do, who we are and what drives us to bring people together to sustainably manage their landscapes and natural resources.

The IMFN Secretariat is excited to introduce a new feature in its social media communications campaign: podcasts. Periodically, a new podcast will be announced in our newsletter and uploaded to our SoundCloud page.

In the first episode, Mr. Peter Besseau, Executive Director, IMFN Secretariat introduces the Model Forest concept and the International Model Forest Network. Future podcasts will feature Model Forest representatives from across the IMFN talking about their experiences and projects in their Model Forests.

Changes in climate and extreme weather events disrupt agrifood production systems. This can cause significant food security and livelihood challenges in countries such as Cameroon where many smallholders are farming and collecting forest products for subsistence.

Through the Chiquitano Model Forest (Bolivia), the municipality, indigenous communities, an NGO and private landowners in the district initiated a participatory process to promote the creation of a protected area on municipal land. Model Forest partners also established a multi-stakeholder management committee to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources in and around the protected area. This video is in Spanish.

Building on a process initiated over 26 years ago, the Colinas Bajas Model Forest (Dominican Republic) brought together local stakeholders, the government and a mining company to extend a successful forest landscape restoration initiative. They are currently creating a biological corridor between two protected areas inside the Model Forest. They established and supported nurseries, conservation and commercial forests, and small businesses in forestry, agroforestry and ecotourism. This video is in Spanish.