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25 September 2009
Since 1926, the World Forestry Congress (WFC) has been a highly influential forum for discussion on forest issues and policy. On the basis of discussions between representatives of governments, international organizations, scientific bodies and other key actors in the forestry sector, the WFC...
10 September 2009
Specialized training programs in Cameroon and in Quebec, the creation of a micro-enterprise for wood residue reclamation, the development of non-timber forest products (NTFP) and the rearing of giant snails. Several promising opportunities emerged from the international development mission to...
10 September 2009
On July 27-31, 2009, the International and Mediterranean Model Forest Network Secretariats travelled to Tunisia in support of Model Forest development in Tunisia’s northern mountain region of Kroumirie and the Mogods. Throughout the week the group met with various stakeholders, from...
10 September 2009
With national forestry and municipal authorities, social groups, indigenous communities and representatives of the armed forces in attendance, phase two of the Chiloé Model Forest was officially launched in the Chonchi community in July 2009.  This public-private initiative, lead by the...
10 September 2009
The Model Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador is currently researching potential international project opportunities. They are targeting international initiatives that explore multiple approaches to community involvement, local level criteria and indicators, educational development and indigenous...
10 September 2009
Senior Program Specialist Brian Bonnell will be taking one year of education leave beginning in September 2009. He will be completing his Master's degree from Dalhousie University on Canada's east coast. Dr. Brenda McAfee will be taking on some of Brian’s files, including the IMFN...
10 September 2009
The final report on the 2008 IMFN Global Forum are now available from the IMFN website in English, French and Spanish. The report includes summaries of key note presentations, results from the strategic planning exercise, an overview of the workshops and participant contact information, among other...
10 September 2009
Hilker, T, MA Wulder, NC Coops, N Seitz, JC White, F Gao, JG Masek and G Stenhouse. 2009. Generation of dense time series synthetic Landsat data through data blending with MODIS using a spatial and temporal adaptive reflectance fusion model. Remote Sensing of Environment. Article in Press....
07 July 2009
The first community of practice (CoP) in the IMFN held its inaugural meeting online in May with representatives from four countries in attendance. Participants from Model Forests in Canada, Costa Rica, Colombia and Argentina, as well as the IMFN Secretariat and the Ibero-American Regional Network...
07 July 2009
In May, Cachapoal Model Forest, Chile, hosted 26 representatives from 7 Model Forests, CUSO, the IMFN Secretariat and the Ibero-American Model Forest Network for a 2-day workshop on capturing lessons learned through the 'systematization' of experiences.Systematization is a process whereby...
07 July 2009
Executive Director Peter Besseau and Policy Advisor Nicolas Duval-Mace of the IMFN Secretariat successfully conducted a 3-week mission in North and Central Africa in May and June to initiate the Secretariat's new program for Africa, called the African Model Forest Initiative (AMFI). The AMFI aims...
07 July 2009
Urbión Model Forest was awarded a 2008 Environmental Protection prize by the Region of Castilla and Leon in Spain. The jury emphasized the Model Forest’s “innovative character, integrating population and economic agents in sustainable forest management”. The president of...
07 July 2009
From the 6 - 7 of May the Ibero-American Model Forest Network (IAMFN) Board of Directors met in Santiago de Chile where they held successful discussions and shared information on a range of subjects. Management of the IAMFN was among the key issues debated during the meeting, including financial...
07 July 2009
A new directory, From Our Atlantic Woods, has been launched to market non-timber forest products in Atlantic Canada and the neighbouring state of Maine, USA.  Several forestry and agricultural organizations and agencies, including the Fundy Model Forest, supported the production of the...
07 July 2009
From May 28 to June 2, the IMFN Secretariat’s Senior Program Specialist Brian Bonnell was in Ugorsk and Sovetski, Russia to participate in a conference on the state of boreal forests and to provide technical assistance to local stakeholders in the development of a new Model Forest. Russia...