The Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) has found a new niche in the solar energy business and, at the same time, is helping to restore the region’s forests.
 
In South Asia it is estimated that 53 million ha of forest lands require rehabilitation to help mitigate climate change, improve livelihoods, conserve biodiversity, and contribute to water and food security.
 
Urbión Model Forest, Spain. In the Abejar region, the dusky large blue butterfly has been threatened by changes in livestock management activities. Through the Urbión Model Forest (Spain), the municipality, local farmers and an NGO have signed a land stewardship agreement to preserve its fragile habitat.
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.

Interview with Mo Nazir and Sean Dolter

A Model Forest is a creation of many hands. It brings together a diversity of people with interests, expertise and knowledge which, when connected with others, creates a synergy that allows projects and processes to move forward. Model Forests have been creating impactful change for more than 20 years.
 

Engaging beneficiaries in project planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning
It’s amazing how the purchase of a small jar of lip butter can help improve peoples’ lives and the environment in rural Philippines. That’s one of the outcomes from the 2012-13 Dragon Fruit Lip Butter campaign from The Body Shop®.
 
Soap-making goes back thousands of years, however a unique capacity building approach in central Africa is also helping communities sustainably harvest forest resources and increase household incomes.   
 
In the Campo-Ma’an Model Forest, in southern Cameroon, the traditional extraction of oils from tree nuts – such as palm, coconut, allanblackia, cacao and njansang – was integrated into a new value-added economic activity – soap production.
 
In the past, large areas of natural forest in India’s Western Ghats region were converted to teak plantations as part of a government plan to create timber stocks. Over time, the change from a biologically diverse ecosystem to a monoculture crop led to a change in the area’s microclimate, resulted in major forest fires and heightened levels of human-elephant conflict.
Forests are the most biologically diverse land-based ecosystem and biodiversity represents the foundation for the health and vitality of forests and ecosystem services people rely on. Most Model Forests are biologically diverse, and often include landscape areas with significant conservation or preservation values, such as national parks and world heritage forests containing species at risk.