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29 December 2006
The eight-nation “Baltic Forest” initiative met in late September in Estonia’s capital, Tallin. This was the second full gathering of representatives of the project since its launch in Sundsvald, Sweden, in January 2006. Dr. Fred Pollett, Senior Consultant to the IMFNS, attended...
30 June 2006
What: International Congress: A Global Vision of Forestry in the 21st Century Where: University of Toronto, Canada    When: 30 September - 3 October, 2007Brief description: On the occasion of its Centennial Celebrations in 2007, the Faculty of Forestry, University of...
27 June 2006
Canada’s Model Forests are on track to formalizing a new future as a non-profit corporation. Representatives from the 11 Model Forests in Canada and the Executive Director of the International Model Forest Network Secretariat (IMFNS) signed the application for incorporation at the Canadian...
27 June 2006
Building on the success of the 2005 International Model Forest Network (IMFN) Global Forum in Costa Rica, the Foothills Model Forest in Alberta has offered to host the next Global Forum in the fall of 2007. The event was announced at the semi-annual Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN) meeting...
27 June 2006
Call for submissionsThe Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN) has launched its new and improved online publications database. Whether you are searching for the latest Canadian Model Forest newsletter or research report, or are interested in broader sustainability issues such as indigenous...
27 June 2006
AFRICAFrom March 14-15, representatives from women’s groups, traditional authorities, local NGO’s, government, the church, forest- and agro-industrial companies, the mining industry, hunters and Baka pygmy indigenous peoples held a workshop to plan joint activities in the newly formed...
27 June 2006
Vocational training and local capacity building using distance educationBergslagen Model Forest in Sweden and Chiloé Model Forest in Chile have initiated a cooperation agreement aimed at establishing a common Model Forest education centre. The newly proposed international educational network...
27 June 2006
Berau and Ulot Watershed Model Forests have both developed website content, helping ease the exchange of information about their sites, activities, partners, project results and more with others in the IMFN.Asian participants in the 2005 IMFN Global Forum supported the idea of an Asia regional...
27 June 2006
TRAININGResource Mobilization. The Partnership and Business Development Division (PBDD) of IDRC has funded a small micro-grant initiative in Asia as part of resource mobilization capacity building in Model Forests . The micro-grants are designed to provide Model Forests with a hands-on opportunity...
27 June 2006
The Ulot Watershed Model Forest in the Philippines was established in 2000 to address the root causes of forest degradation—small-scale timber poaching, slash and burn agriculture and unregulated wildlife collection. But the diversity of stakeholders (including the State forestry department,...
13 April 2006
Frida Zoa, Janneke Romijn, and Tony AsehThe Bagyeli pygmy culture is based on hunting and gathering of wild fruits and yams from the lush tropical forests of Cameroon. But intensive logging and agriculture have forced many Bagyeli to give up their traditional, nomadic way of life and move to towns...
13 April 2006
In February, Dr. Mukkatira (Taumey) Mahendrappa, a former stakeholder in the Fundy Model Forest and employee for Natural Resources Canada, received an Award of Merit from the Canadian Forest Service for his work in establishing the Kodagu Model Forest in India. For 10 years, Dr. Mahendrappa...
13 April 2006
The IMFN Secretariat added its name to a list of supporters seeking to conserve biodiversity by strengthening implementation of the Program of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA). Members of the informal group will work on a range of activities—individually and collectively, where...
13 April 2006
Lin’an Model Forest, China, is featured in In Search of Excellence: Exemplary Forest Management in Asia and the Pacific, recently published by FAO.  The publication highlights a diversity of approaches that have proven particularly innovative and successful in meeting forest management...
13 April 2006
Participants in the newly launched Baltic Forest Initiative hope to secure forest sector sustainability, and enhance input to regional development and spatial planning, by exploring how the Model Forest concept can be employed to meet Baltic Sea Region goals.  IMFNS Executive Director Peter...