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17 November 2014
Wildfires have an obvious effect on the forest. In uncontrolled situations they can destroy vast areas of valuable timber resources. But with proper management, the effects of fire can be mitigated. To do this properly requires intensive research.   Since 1992, Model Forests around the world...
17 November 2014
Kodagu Model Forest, India   Kodagu District in Karnataka State, South India, part of the Western Ghats region, described as one of the hottest hot spots of biodiversity in the world. This district can also be called a hot spot of sacred forest tradition due to the density and diversity of...
17 November 2014
The Vilhelmina Model Forest was established in 2004 as the first Model Forest in Europe. The site covers about 870 000 ha of boreal forest in northwest Sweden and includes a landscape that transitions into the alpine environments of the Scandinavian Mountain Range. The area is sparsely populated...
17 November 2014
Pathways to Climate Change Resilience 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 has been crafted based on the idea that rural communities in forest...
15 October 2014
On July 1, 2013, Croatia formally entered the European Union as its 28th member state. Seven months earlier the Adriatic Model Forest project was launched. The project aims to create a new Model Forest in Dalmatia and lay the groundwork for additional Model Forests in other countries around...
06 October 2014
This week the world’s leading scientists, researchers and practitioners of forest sciences and related disciplines are gathering in Salt Lake City, Utah for the 24th International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress. The Congress offers a scientific program of...
29 September 2014
Forest product traceability lets consumers connect with harvesters, producers and processers through social media. In this way, people know exactly where their forest products come from, who made them, where they were harvested and by which method. Model Forests have been developing traceability...
22 September 2014
Since 1992, Model Forests around the world have created special and enduring partnerships with indigenous groups. Model Forest stakeholders recognize that without the involvement of indigenous partners, sustainable development of the landscape and local communities is unlikely to occur.  ...
22 September 2014
Prince Albert Model Forest (Canada). This week, Canadians celebrate National Forest Week. This year’s theme, “Sunrise in the Forest,” sheds light on the great opportunity, rewards, innovation, diversity, and sustainability within Canada’s forest sector.   One...
15 September 2014
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 recognizes a landscape as...
25 August 2014
The Model Forest approach brings together a diversity of stakeholders concerned about the sustainable management of the landscape they live in. Often, many of these stakeholders are small and medium enterprises and businesses (SMEs) which operate in, and utilize the resources of, the forest. They...
18 August 2014
Araucarias del Alto Malleco Model Forest, Chile. After working day to day with leaders trying to implement effective integrated landscape management around the world, Abigail Hart, a Project Manager with Cornell University and EcoAgriculture Partners; a Washington-based NGO supporting the...
05 August 2014
Tierras Adjuntas Model Forest, Puerto Rico   Something unique and historic has happened in Puerto Rico. For the first time ever a government has created a Model Forest through legislation.   The Model Forest Act of Puerto Rico was passed by the Puerto Rico Legislature in July 2014. The...
28 July 2014
The Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) has found a new niche in the solar energy business and, at the same time, is helping to restore the region’s forests.   Solar capacity is growing exponentially around the world as the cost of producing electricity directly from the sun continues to...
21 July 2014
In South Asia it is estimated that 53 million ha of forest lands require rehabilitation to help mitigate climate change, improve livelihoods, conserve biodiversity, and contribute to water and food security.   The Regional Model Forest Network for Asia (RMFN-Asia) recently obtained three-year...