Our Stories

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...
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...