Our Stories

maple 3
21 November 2016
Eastern Ontario Model Forest, Canada From the syrup we pour on our pancakes to the enriching features of our landscapes,   forests and forest products continue to be ever present in our lives.  Highlighted below are a few initiatives from the Canadian Model Forest Network...
FAO_signing
20 July 2016
PRESS RELEASE July 20, 2016, Rome, Italy—The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and International Model Forest Network (IMFN) Secretariat have agreed to strengthen cooperation to realize shared goals around innovative approaches to sustainable forest management (...
Moose
13 June 2016
Manitoba Model Forest, Canada The issue   Moose are the largest mammal in the boreal forest (weighing up to 600 kg) and the largest member of the deer family. They are an important component of the overall biodiversity found in the boreal forest, and a food source for predators such as wolves...
rare_Atlantic_salmon
09 May 2016
Fundy Model Forest, Canada The Challenge  The Inner Bay of Fundy (iBoF), located between the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in eastern Canada, has a very unique population of Atlantic salmon. The area encompasses a large landscape with 32 rivers known to have had iBoF salmon...
celebrating
22 April 2016
The theme this year is “Trees for the Earth” Earth Day was first celebrated in the United States in 1970 and is organised by the Earth Day Network.  Its mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to...
ecoAdapt
21 March 2016
International Model Forest Network March 21st is the United Nations International Day of Forests which celebrates the ways in which forests and trees sustain and protect us. This year’s goal is raising awareness of how forests are key to the planet’s supply of freshwater, which is...
three forests
14 March 2016
Ibero-American Model Forest Network CATIE’s Forest Landscape Management Chair, headed by Ronnie de Camino, also President of the Ibero-American Model Forest Network, is launching three new projects in 2016 to support forest landscape restoration (FLR) and management in Latin America,...
MF leaders 1
22 February 2016
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...
invasive marabou
25 January 2016
Sabanas de Macanas Model Forest, Cuba Marabou weed, also known as the sicklebush, is a highly aggressive invasive tree species in Cuba.  Originally from South Africa, it grows in all soils, altitudes and microclimates, and is located in almost all of the vegetation types on the island....
best 2015
11 January 2016
The International Model Forest Network Secretariat extends our best wishes for a happy and healthy new year as well as success in all of your endeavours. Throughout 2016, we are looking forward to presenting you with new inspiring stories of activities taking place in Model Forests. Below you will...
Pathways_to
15 December 2015
Video: A Guidebook for Forest-Based Communities 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 have been crafted based on the idea that rural...
Impact Notes 07
30 November 2015
Impact Notes 07 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...
fur market
16 November 2015
Lac-Saint-Jean Model Forest, Canada The Lac-Saint-Jean Model Forest in Quebec, Canada, was created out of an eagerness to cooperate toward the diversification of the region's forest based economy.  Its two main objectives are to increase the opportunities of community residents to earn...
Chorotega
26 October 2015
Chorotega Model Forest, Costa Rica The Chorotega Model Forest, established in 2011, covers 508,400 hectares on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The Model Forest was established to promote and strengthen new areas of action towards the sustainable development of the region by...
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...