In May 2009, a workshop on the systematization of Model Forest experiences in partnership building was held in Chile for representatives participating in CUSO's Knowledge for Effective Learning and Development Project (KEDLAP), as well as for representatives from the Lachuá and the Risaralda Model Forests, the IAMFN Management Team and the IMFN Secretariat. The workshop was supported by the IMFN Secretariat and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Kodagu Model Forest, located in the Western Ghats region of Karnataka state, Southern India, is classified as a “hotspot” of biodiversity conservation (a "hotspot" is defined by Conservation International as one of the richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life on earth). In order to encourage biodiversity conservation, the Model Forest is examining the provision of incentives to farmers through benefits coming under various certification schemes.

For the first time worldwide, free and ready-to-use high-resolution satellite data is now available to monitor forests and help reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will provide high-resolution satellite data free to developing countries in partnership with other organisations including the State University of South Dakota and US Geological Survey in the United States and European Union Joint Research Center.

Specialized training programs in Cameroon and in Quebec, the creation of a micro-enterprise for wood residue reclamation, the development of non-timber forest products (NTFP) and the rearing of giant snails. Several promising opportunities emerged from the international development mission to Cameroon conducted by the Lac-Saint-Jean Model Forest (LSJMF), the Cégep of Saint-Félicien and the Pays-des-Bleuets School Board based in Quebec, Canada, from July 13 to 25.

On July 27-31, 2009, the International and Mediterranean Model Forest Network Secretariats travelled to Tunisia in support of Model Forest development in Tunisia’s northern mountain region of Kroumirie and the Mogods. Throughout the week the group met with various stakeholders, from government to industry and academia, to non-governmental organizations and local rural development associations. The mission also provided the opportunity to hold a first workshop with local stakeholders. A second workshop will be held in the fall of 2009.

With national forestry and municipal authorities, social groups, indigenous communities and representatives of the armed forces in attendance, phase two of the Chiloé Model Forest was officially launched in the Chonchi community in July 2009.  This public-private initiative, lead by the Chilean Forest Agency (CONAF) and the local municipality, will include six communities on the Isla Grande in Chiloé and will directly benefit over 33,000 residents.

The Model Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador is currently researching potential international project opportunities. They are targeting international initiatives that explore multiple approaches to community involvement, local level criteria and indicators, educational development and indigenous involvement. If any Model Forests are working in one or two of these areas and are interested in potential collaboration, please contact Charlene Connors at or call +709-637-7300.

Senior Program Specialist Brian Bonnell will be taking one year of education leave beginning in September 2009. He will be completing his Master's degree from Dalhousie University on Canada's east coast. Dr. Brenda McAfee will be taking on some of Brian’s files, including the IMFN Circumboreal Initiative and developing a research agenda for the IMFN. Welcome Brenda and best of luck to Brian in his pursuits!

The final report on the 2008 IMFN Global Forum are now available from the IMFN website in English, French and Spanish. The report includes summaries of key note presentations, results from the strategic planning exercise, an overview of the workshops and participant contact information, among other things. Visit the Publications and Resources tab to view your copy.

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