The Maya Q’eqchi ‘of Rocja Pontila community is located in the buffer zone of the Lachuá National Park, Guatemala. The Lachuá Model Forest has worked with the community to design and develop projects aimed at improving their quality of life. Today, the community produces cocoa and honey, restores the nearby forests and develops ecotourism projects. They also built a computer centre with an internet connection running on solar energy. This video is in Spanish.

Karago Lake (proposed) Model Forest (Rwanda). In an effort to control the soil erosion which is responsible for the sedimentation of Karago Lake, the Model Forest is helping people to plant multi-purpose tree species in their agricultural fields. This landscape restoration initiative is also providing firewood and an additional food source for people. This video contains multiple languages. Subtitles in English are available. Video:

A few years ago, Carood Watershed Model Forest (Philippines) partners established a mangrove plantation near the mouth of the Carood River. The mangroves buffer strong waves and provide spawning habitat for coral fish, which are important for the livelihood of local fishermen. The plantation consists of 40 mangrove species to help conserve its diversity.


Many resource-dependent communities in Canada face similar challenges. Stories of mill closures, job losses and other hardships have dominated the news for years now. Yet there are communities, which, when faced with a major threat or downturn, have worked together to rebuild and reinvent their local economies.

Researchers in Canada and Sweden are working with youth and elders from indigenous communities in both countries to gather traditional knowledge on caribou hunting and reindeer herding in boreal forest ecosystems. They are analyzing how climate change is impacting these activities. This project has highlighted the importance of young people reconnecting with elders and acquiring their knowledge. Prince Albert Model Forest (Canada) and Vilhelmina Model Forest (Sweden)


Reventazón Model Forest (Costa Rica)

Since 2000, the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (Canada) has been assisting private landowners and local municipalities in achieving Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for their forests. Today, over 12,000 hectares of private forest and 40,000 hectares of community forest have been certified. The Model Forest has also facilitated the use of the FSC logo for the marketing of secondary forest products and non-timber forest products (including maple syrup) produced from certified forests.


The IMFN Secretariat is pleased to announce the release of the International Model Forest Network Recipe Book – Featuring Non-Timber Forest Products from Model Forests around the World. The book highlights an eclectic mix of recipes including main courses, sides, desserts and beverages...all using plants found in Model Forests throughout the IMFN.