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Rural woman
12 October 2015
The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women is observed on October 15. It is followed by the World Food Day (October 16) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17).  The relationship between rural women, food security and...
Truffles
28 September 2015
River Mirna Basin Model Forest, Croatia Truffles are the most valuable non-timber forest product (NTFP) in Croatia’s River Mirna Basin Model Forest, providing a living income for approximately 1000 families in the area. Their complicated and unpredictable reproduction and their highly prized...
Chiquitano small
14 September 2015
Ibero-American Model Forest Network Since 2012, the Jujuy Model Forest in Argentina, Chiquitano Model Forest in Bolivia and Araucarias del Alto Malleco Model Forest in Chile have been working together on EcoAdapt, an action-research project that promotes the integration of work between science and...
Impact notes 06
31 August 2015
Impact Notes 06 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...
corporate
17 August 2015
Kyoto Model Forest, Japan Kyoto Model Forest spans the entire Prefecture of Kyoto and is unique in its governance structure. Encompassing some 13,000 private forest owners and 26 local governments, it is essentially a collection of small detached forests, each with its own management approach,...
Model Forests and Initiative 20x20
03 August 2015
Ibero-American Model Forest Network  Initiative 20 X 20 is a country led effort seeking to change the dynamics of land degradation in Latin America and the Caribbean by bringing 20 million hectares of land into restoration by 2020. Nine countries and two regional programs, including the Ibero-...
mapuche
20 July 2015
Panguipulli Model Forest, Chile Community based tourism is where visitors connect with rural and Indigenous communities while they stay in local homes, benefitting from a hands-on experience that reflects local identity through customs, social norms, foods and beliefs of the host community. Guests...
guide aboriginal
06 July 2015
Lac-Saint-Jean Model Forest, Canada Since time immemorial, plants have served people around the world for food, shelter, transportation and healing purposes. Today, the boreal forest is still a source of many products we need for survival.   The Lac-Saint-Jean Model Forest...
Begin Survey
24 June 2015
International Model Forest Network The current newsletter format was initiated in August 2013. We are interested in receiving feedback on how we have been doing and how we may improve the newsletter to better meet your needs and desire for high quality and useful information.   There are 17...
food security
17 June 2015
World Day to Combat Desertification  The United Nations’ World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed on June 17 every year.  This year’s theme focuses on the “attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems.”   Desertification...
 Forest product traceability in the River Mirna Model Forest
08 June 2015
River Mirna Basin Model Forest, Croatia Croatia’s River Mirna Basin Model Forest is better known for its non-timber forest products (NTFP) than high-quality timber for the wood-processing industry. Only a handful of businesses in the region are involved in wood processing with the majority of...
Landscape Approach in Action
25 May 2015
Impact Notes 05 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...
Ilomansti Model Forest facilities cross-border assessment of fire risk database
11 May 2015
Ilomansti Model Forest, Finland The Karelian landscape is a combination of forests, mires (bogs) and waterways that spans the border between Finland and Russia. It’s where the Ilomantsi Model Forest is located which shares a 100 km long border with the Russian Republic of Karelia. When the...
Bio-fertilizer nurturing local economic growth in Cameroon
27 April 2015
Campo-Ma'an and Dja et Mpomo Model Forests, Cameroon Since 2013, the African Model Forest Network has facilitated the distribution of bio-fertilizers to stakeholders in the Campo-Ma'an (southern region) and Dja et Mpomo (eastern region) Model Forests in Cameroon. Bio-fertilizers provide eco...
An interview with Anna-Maria Fjellström
13 April 2015
Model Forest leaders are the forest company executives, government officials, academics and indigenous and community members who have made outstanding contributions to improving our forests and the lives of the people who depend on them. They champion local forest issues, help raise awareness of...