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10 December 2008
MODEL FORESTS: FERTILE GROUND FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION 2004-11-10The sustainable management of natural resources is no longer a utopian vision. It has become the everyday life in a Model Forest, an innovative approach that provides holistic solutions to environmental problems and is...
08 July 2008
Hinton, Alberta, CanadaJune 16-20, 2008More than 150 delegates from 31 countries attended the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) Global Forum in Hinton, Canada, from June 16-20. The event was co-hosted by the Foothills Research Institute, the Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN) and the IMFN...
29 December 2006
The Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC) based in Bangkok, is facilitating the development of a strategic plan for the Regional Model Forest Network—Asia. The regional strategic plan will incorporate expertise/competencies, experiences, issues and...
29 December 2006
After a year of consultation within its partnership, the Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan (PNRM), in France’s Burgundy region, has joined the IMFN as an associate member. For the PNRM the largest attraction of membership in the IMFN is access to the IMFN’s window on a world of new...
29 December 2006
The August 2006 issue of the IMFNS newsletter, Connections, is now available in English, Spanish and French. This edition—Integrating Model Forests, Protected Areas and Larger Landscapes—looks at the dynamics between Model Forests and the protected areas found in and around them. The...
29 December 2006
The International Model Forest Network (IMFN) has grown significantly in recent years, resulting in the need for a more rigorous, transparent, clear and globally agreed-upon framework to define Model Forests. Building on recommendations of the IMFN Global Forum (Turrialba/CATIE, November 2005) and...
29 December 2006
On behalf of the IMFN, the IMFN Secretariat (IMFNS) sends its congratulations to Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, for their diligence and vision in the development of the Kyoto Model Forest over the past two years.The inaugural meeting of the Shadan Hojin Kyoto Model Forest Association, a not-for-profit...
29 December 2006
Milka Barriga (LAC-Net Governance Specialist), Mildred Jiménez (General Manager, Reventazón Model Forest) and Brian Bonnell (IMFNS Senior Program Officer) traveled to Honduras in September to promote and clarify the Model Forest concept in Honduras in response to their recent...
29 December 2006
The National Model Forest Program of Argentina’s Environment and Sustainable Development Secretariat hosted the November meeting of the Board of Directors of the Regional Model Forest Network for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC-Net). The meeting was held November 27-30 in Esquel within...
29 December 2006
During the June 2006 meeting of the LAC-Net Board of Directors, a recommendation was made to the management team to carry out a training event at least once a year, which would also correspond with Board meetings. As a result, from November 22 to 24, 2006 a workshop on network consolidation was...
29 December 2006
In November 2005, 110 Model Forest representatives from around the world came together at CATIE, in Turrialba, Costa Rica, for the 2005 IMFN Global Forum to discuss the Network’s future direction. Proceedings of the event are now available for download in English, Spanish and French at http...
29 December 2006
The head of the Russian Federal Forest Agency (RFFA), Valeri Roschupkin, visited Canada in late September at the invitation of the Canadian Forest Service, to attend and address the Canadian National Forestry Congress in Gatineau, Quebec. The opportunity was also taken for meetings between...
29 December 2006
With this final dispatch of IMFN updates, information and events for 2006, we at the IMFNS would like to thank our partners, collaborators, and supporters for the many efforts that have gone into making this a remarkable year of activity and growth in the IMFN, and to offer our very best wishes for...
29 December 2006
The past two editions of the IMFN newsletter have focused on important areas of activity and impact for Model Forests around the world: governance and participatory processes, and integrating protected area values into larger landscapes. For the next issue, we want to keep focusing on areas of...
29 December 2006
Model Forest activity in Sweden was considerable in 2007, with the launch of the Bergslagen Model Forest in Central Sweden and work begun in the district north of the Vilhelmina Model Forest, in the far north of Sweden, with the Laipipir Model Forest. A fourth site, in the south, is also under...