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14 July 2014
Urbión Model Forest, Spain. In the Abejar region, the dusky large blue butterfly has been threatened by changes in livestock management activities. Through the Urbión Model Forest (Spain), the municipality, local farmers and an NGO have signed a land stewardship agreement to preserve...
07 July 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...
23 June 2014
Interview with Mo Nazir and Sean Dolter A Model Forest is a creation of many hands. It brings together a diversity of people with interests, expertise and knowledge which, when connected with others, creates a synergy that allows projects and processes to move forward. Model Forests have been...
16 June 2014
Engaging beneficiaries in project planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning Photovoice is a community-driven participatory action research method that brings photography and social change together. Project organizers hand digital cameras over to community members so that they can take pictures...
09 June 2014
It’s amazing how the purchase of a small jar of lip butter can help improve peoples’ lives and the environment in rural Philippines. That’s one of the outcomes from the 2012-13 Dragon Fruit Lip Butter campaign from The Body Shop®.   As in other countries, the lack of...
02 June 2014
Soap-making goes back thousands of years, however a unique capacity building approach in central Africa is also helping communities sustainably harvest forest resources and increase household incomes.      In the Campo-Ma’an Model Forest, in southern Cameroon, the traditional...
26 May 2014
In the past, large areas of natural forest in India’s Western Ghats region were converted to teak plantations as part of a government plan to create timber stocks. Over time, the change from a biologically diverse ecosystem to a monoculture crop led to a change in the area’s...
20 May 2014
Forests are the most biologically diverse land-based ecosystem and biodiversity represents the foundation for the health and vitality of forests and ecosystem services people rely on. Most Model Forests are biologically diverse, and often include landscape areas with significant conservation or...
12 May 2014
Rural mountain communities within the Ifrane Model Forest in Morocco rely on wood to supply many of their energy needs. Heating and baking bread account for over 85 % of the total domestic consumption of fuelwood. In particular, traditional bread ovens consume an average of 40 kg of wood per day in...
12 May 2014
The Araucarias del Alto Malleco Model Forest (Chile) includes a high concentration of Araucaria araucana trees, other significant native forest ecosystems, and a large indigenous population of Mapuche-Pehuenche peoples. The Araucaria and its fruit, the piñon, play an important role in the...
12 May 2014
The Model Forest Development Toolkit is a collection of guides that Model Forests can use during their development and operations to strengthen their organizational capacity and program delivery. The Toolkit is designed as a collection of modules to allow for easy revision and quick reference. The...
12 March 2014
  The International Model Forest Network Secretariat talks to Daniel Arbour IMFNS: Hi Daniel. Thank you for talking the time to talk to us today about your Model Forest experiences. To start, could you introduce yourself?   Daniel Arbour: My name is Daniel Arbour and I’m the...
24 February 2014
In the past, climate could be thought of as fairly stable over the long-term. Communities expect the natural seasonal shifts with the odd extreme event from time to time. Until recently a changing climate has not been a factor that needs to be understood and considered in community plans and...
10 February 2014
The Regional Model Forest Network for Asia is pleased to announce that its first website is now online. Find out what we do, who we are and what drives us to bring people together to sustainably manage their landscapes and natural resources. www.rmfnasia.net
10 February 2014
The IMFN Secretariat is excited to introduce a new feature in its social media communications campaign: podcasts. Periodically, a new podcast will be announced in our newsletter and uploaded to our SoundCloud page. In the first episode, Mr. Peter Besseau, Executive Director, IMFN Secretariat...