November 12-15, 2013

Ulot Watershed Model Forest (Philippines). In 2006, the Model Forest helped local residents build an ecotourism business focused on river activities using boats previously involved in illegal logging. The Ulot River cruise/TORPEDO boat riding activities are gaining popularity among local and foreign tourists. They also provide a sustainable livelihood for local residents while serving as a venue for raising awareness of environmental issues and forest protection.

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The Sturgeon River Plains Bison Stewards are working with local ranchers and farmers as well as the provincial and federal governments to enhance the conservation of a wild plains bison population. With support from the Model Forest, they identified opportunities to encourage and facilitate stewardship actions by landowners while reducing the negative impacts of bison on their lands.

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The Cachapoal Model Forest, Chile, encourages the use of solar energy and biogas as a strategy to improve the livelihoods of families and support local development. This initiative helps to reduce the use of firewood, lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Model Forest partners also educate the public about environmental protection and management.

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Cameroon’s Model Forests actively promote the organization and leadership of rural women. In recent years, more than 90 micro-projects focusing on business development, marketing and product development were financed through the Model Forests. Some local products such as Allanblankia oil, used in manufacturing food and non-food products, have been able to access international markets. Generating social and economic value from natural resources has also improved conservation efforts.

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In the Vilhelmina Model Forest, Sweden, local stakeholders and indigenous Sami communities use Participatory Geographic Information Systems (P-GIS) to reduce land use conflicts. The tool facilitated the visual understanding of migration corridors accessed by reindeer herders and areas used by other land users. Land users adjusted their activities to allow herders to maintain their traditional routes.

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The last five years have been difficult ones for the forest industry in Canada and the rural communities it supports. A combination of high energy costs, the decline in the global economy, increased competition, and weakening demand for traditional commodities (especially newsprint), have all conspired to create challenges like no other period in the industry’s history. Indicators point toward a continuation of this trend, although new opportunities for industry diversification are beginning to emerge. 

The Prince Edward Island Model Forest Partnership (PEIMFP) joined the CMFN in September 2012. The PEIMFP’s mandate is to build broad based partnerships that will consider the views of all those interested in PEI's forest support education, demonstration and research projects. PEIMFP has worked for over a decade to engage youth and adults alike about the importance of forests, and sustainable forest management. For more information please visit: www.peiforests.ca

 

For more than 20 years, the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) has advanced the sustainable management of the world’s ecosystems and landscapes through multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration. As the name “Model Forest” implies, representatives from the forest sector are among those stakeholders, but it is important to note that representatives from other natural resources, such as agriculture, mining, oil and gas industries are also at the table.

Over twenty years after its launch, the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) continues to make a significant contribution to the sustainable management of the world’s ecosystems and landscapes. With 60 sites in more than 30 countries, it is a growing and dynamic network where each Model Forest learns from its experiences and shares knowledge to address many global issues.