Pathways to Climate Change Resilience
The Canadian Model Forest Network has developed a guidebook to help rural-based communities become more climate resilient. The Guidebook and the accompanying Community Resource Collection has been crafted based on the idea that rural communities in forest settings want guidance in understanding and acting to reduce community impacts from the changing climate.
 
An introductory video on the guidebook has been developed:
On July 1, 2013, Croatia formally entered the European Union as its 28th member state. Seven months earlier the Adriatic Model Forest project was launched. The project aims to create a new Model Forest in Dalmatia and lay the groundwork for additional Model Forests in other countries around the Adriatic. The project is funded under the European IPA Adriatic Cross–Border Programme.
 
This week the world’s leading scientists, researchers and practitioners of forest sciences and related disciplines are gathering in Salt Lake City, Utah for the 24th International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress. The Congress offers a scientific program of presentation and poster sessions including a number from the International Model Forest Network (IMFN).
 
Forest product traceability lets consumers connect with harvesters, producers and processers through social media. In this way, people know exactly where their forest products come from, who made them, where they were harvested and by which method.
Since 1992, Model Forests around the world have created special and enduring partnerships with indigenous groups. Model Forest stakeholders recognize that without the involvement of indigenous partners, sustainable development of the landscape and local communities is unlikely to occur.
 
Prince Albert Model Forest (Canada). This week, Canadians celebrate National Forest Week. This year’s theme, “Sunrise in the Forest,” sheds light on the great opportunity, rewards, innovation, diversity, and sustainability within Canada’s forest sector.
 
There is increasing agreement among international organizations that the “landscape approach” is the most effective method for incorporating conservation and human development dimensions into land use planning and the broader sustainable development agenda. It recognizes a landscape as more than a geographical territory. It is a multilayered concept containing a mosaic of land uses such as farms, forests, water, mining and inhabited areas where multiple stakeholders interact with each other and the environment.
The Model Forest approach brings together a diversity of stakeholders concerned about the sustainable management of the landscape they live in. Often, many of these stakeholders are small and medium enterprises and businesses (SMEs) which operate in, and utilize the resources of, the forest. They know it’s in their best interest, in a world that increasingly values sustainably produced products and services, to take an active role in contributing to their area’s sustainability.
 
Araucarias del Alto Malleco Model Forest, Chile. After working day to day with leaders trying to implement effective integrated landscape management around the world, Abigail Hart, a Project Manager with Cornell University and EcoAgriculture Partners; a Washington-based NGO supporting the creation and sustainability of ecoagriculture landscapes; was still curious: “I found that I was still full of questions a
Tierras Adjuntas Model Forest, Puerto Rico
 
Something unique and historic has happened in Puerto Rico. For the first time ever a government has created a Model Forest through legislation.
 
The Model Forest Act of Puerto Rico was passed by the Puerto Rico Legislature in July 2014. The legislation creates a National Model Forest ecological corridor encompassing approximately one third of the island (390,000 acres or 157,825 ha), 20 municipalities, and interconnecting 20 protected natural areas.