Our Stories

02 October 2013
The Sturgeon River Plains Bison Stewards are working with local ranchers and farmers as well as the provincial and federal governments to enhance the conservation of a wild plains bison population. With support from the Model Forest, they identified opportunities to encourage and facilitate...
25 September 2013
The Cachapoal Model Forest, Chile, encourages the use of solar energy and biogas as a strategy to improve the livelihoods of families and support local development. This initiative helps to reduce the use of firewood, lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Model Forest partners also educate the public...
25 September 2013
Cameroon’s Model Forests actively promote the organization and leadership of rural women. In recent years, more than 90 micro-projects focusing on business development, marketing and product development were financed through the Model Forests. Some local products such as Allanblankia oil,...
25 September 2013
In the Vilhelmina Model Forest, Sweden, local stakeholders and indigenous Sami communities use Participatory Geographic Information Systems (P-GIS) to reduce land use conflicts. The tool facilitated the visual understanding of migration corridors accessed by reindeer herders and areas used by other...
29 August 2013
The last five years have been difficult ones for the forest industry in Canada and the rural communities it supports. A combination of high energy costs, the decline in the global economy, increased competition, and weakening demand for traditional commodities (especially newsprint), have all...
29 August 2013
The Prince Edward Island Model Forest Partnership (PEIMFP) joined the CMFN in September 2012. The PEIMFP’s mandate is to build broad based partnerships that will consider the views of all those interested in PEI's forest support education, demonstration and research projects. PEIMFP has...
23 August 2013
For more than 20 years, the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) has advanced the sustainable management of the world’s ecosystems and landscapes through multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration. As the name “Model Forest” implies, representatives from the forest sector...
23 August 2013
Over twenty years after its launch, the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) continues to make a significant contribution to the sustainable management of the world’s ecosystems and landscapes. With 60 sites in more than 30 countries, it is a growing and dynamic network where each Model...
08 January 2010
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) have published a Good Practice Guide on Sustainable Forest Management: Biodiversity and Livelihoods.IUCN and the CBD Secretariat hope that the guide will support governments,...
08 December 2009
The International Model Forest Network’s (IMFN) participation at the XIII World Forestry Congress in Argentina Oct 18-23 included several successful events demonstrating the role Model Forests have in addressing sustainability issues in forest landscapes both domestically and internationally....
08 December 2009
From October 12-16, 2009, the International and Mediterranean Model Forest Network Secretariats travelled to Morocco in support of Model Forest development in Morocco's Province of Ifrane, located in the Central Atlas Mountains. Throughout the week the group met with stakeholders from government,...
08 December 2009
In May 2009, a workshop on the systematization of Model Forest experiences in partnership building was held in Chile for representatives participating in CUSO's Knowledge for Effective Learning and Development Project (KEDLAP), as well as for representatives from the Lachuá and the Risaralda...
08 December 2009
Kodagu Model Forest, located in the Western Ghats region of Karnataka state, Southern India, is classified as a “hotspot” of biodiversity conservation (a "hotspot" is defined by Conservation International as one of the richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal...
08 December 2009
For the first time worldwide, free and ready-to-use high-resolution satellite data is now available to monitor forests and help reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will provide high-resolution satellite data free to developing...