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22 January 2014
Changes in climate and extreme weather events disrupt agrifood production systems. This can cause significant food security and livelihood challenges in countries such as Cameroon where many smallholders are farming and collecting forest products for subsistence. “People can no longer count...
15 January 2014
Through the Chiquitano Model Forest (Bolivia), the municipality, indigenous communities, an NGO and private landowners in the district initiated a participatory process to promote the creation of a protected area on municipal land. Model Forest partners also established a multi-stakeholder...
20 December 2013
Building on a process initiated over 26 years ago, the Colinas Bajas Model Forest (Dominican Republic) brought together local stakeholders, the government and a mining company to extend a successful forest landscape restoration initiative. They are currently creating a biological corridor between...
12 December 2013
The Maya Q’eqchi ‘of Rocja Pontila community is located in the buffer zone of the Lachuá National Park, Guatemala. The Lachuá Model Forest has worked with the community to design and develop projects aimed at improving their quality of life. Today, the community produces...
04 December 2013
Karago Lake (proposed) Model Forest (Rwanda). In an effort to control the soil erosion which is responsible for the sedimentation of Karago Lake, the Model Forest is helping people to plant multi-purpose tree species in their agricultural fields. This landscape restoration initiative is also...
03 December 2013
A few years ago, Carood Watershed Model Forest (Philippines) partners established a mangrove plantation near the mouth of the Carood River. The mangroves buffer strong waves and provide spawning habitat for coral fish, which are important for the livelihood of local fishermen. The plantation...
03 December 2013
Many resource-dependent communities in Canada face similar challenges. Stories of mill closures, job losses and other hardships have dominated the news for years now. Yet there are communities, which, when faced with a major threat or downturn, have worked together to rebuild and reinvent their...
06 November 2013
Researchers in Canada and Sweden are working with youth and elders from indigenous communities in both countries to gather traditional knowledge on caribou hunting and reindeer herding in boreal forest ecosystems. They are analyzing how climate change is impacting these activities. This project has...
30 October 2013
Reventazón Model Forest (Costa Rica) The Model Forest has facilitated dialogue between the members of a multi-stakeholder commission charged with developing a management plan for the protected area of Cerros de La Carpintera. For the first time in Costa Rica, private landowners with an...
28 October 2013
Since 2000, the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (Canada) has been assisting private landowners and local municipalities in achieving Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for their forests. Today, over 12,000 hectares of private forest and 40,000 hectares of community forest have been...
17 October 2013
The IMFN Secretariat is pleased to announce the release of the International Model Forest Network Recipe Book – Featuring Non-Timber Forest Products from Model Forests around the World. The book highlights an eclectic mix of recipes including main courses, sides, desserts and beverages...all...
15 October 2013
November 12-15, 2013 The MedForum is an annual gathering of the MMFN. In addition to the General Assembly, the program generally includes learning and networking activities such as workshops and a field trip.   This year, the Tuscany Region, the Union of Municipalities “Valdarno and...
15 October 2013
Ulot Watershed Model Forest (Philippines). In 2006, the Model Forest helped local residents build an ecotourism business focused on river activities using boats previously involved in illegal logging. The Ulot River cruise/TORPEDO boat riding activities are gaining popularity among local and...