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07 July 2009
The posters for the 2008 IMFN Global Forum have been updated and made into booklets. They are available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic online at www.imfn.net under the Publications and Resources tab. The booklets make a wonderful outreach and promotional item for Model Forests or regional...
07 July 2009
Participatory management of forests and protected areas: a trainer’s manualAuthor: Worah,S.Produced by: Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (2008)Participatory and inclusive approaches to forest and protected area management are not new. They have been...
27 May 2009
In February, the IMFN Networking Committee (INC) met in Joensuu, Finland to review proposed Network Initiatives, agree on priority areas and a process for moving forward on the Initiatives, and to develop a draft work plan for networking activities. It was agreed that the INC needed to consider...
27 May 2009
From September to December 2008 the Araucarias del Alto Malleco Model Forest (AAMF) in Chile undertook a participatory evaluation and strategic planning process. In the first stage of the process AAMF’s Monitoring and Evaluation Framework was used to evaluate the impacts of the 2005 -2008...
27 May 2009
Representatives from Canada, Finland and Sweden met in February to identify research questions and priorities of transnational significance within the circumboreal region that have potential to be effectively addressed through model forests and other similar sites. The meeting took place at the...
27 May 2009
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has been developing the project "In Search of Exemplary Cases of Sustainable Forest Management" since 2007 with the purpose of disseminating the methods and results of best practices to other forests and countries in Latin American and the...
27 May 2009
The Mediterranean Model Forest Network (MMFN) held its first formal Assembly on March 11-13, 2009 in Valladolid, Spain. The meeting was hosted by the Junta de Castilla y Leon, and was co-organized with the IMFN Secretariat. On March 11, 2009 the Vice-president of the Junta of Castilla y Leon, Mrs....
27 May 2009
The European Commission (EC) recently approved 1.35 million Euros over 3 years to enhance forest policy coordination through implementation of the model forest concept. Participants in the ‘Med Project' as it is known held their first Steering Committee meeting in conjunction with the...
27 May 2009
The Foothills Research Institute Natural Disturbance Program has published two new reports. The first report is titled "The Healthy Landscape Approach to Land Management."  The Natural Disturbance Program proposes a Healthy Landscape Approach as an alternative land management model...
27 May 2009
In March 2009, the IAMFN Management Team bid farewell to Segenet Tessema, a CUSO-VSO cooperant that supported the Regional Network in the area of resource mobilization for nine months. He has now returned to Canada with plans to move to Africa in the coming months. All the best in your future...
27 May 2009
Model Forests Participate in New Program for Canada’s Forest CommunitiesFive Years of Model Forests in Cameroon: Evolution and Relevance of the Concept in the Congo BasinChanges in LAC-Net Management TeamPuerto Rico Joins LAC-NetPolish Convergence Explores Model Forest Approach to...
04 March 2009
On December 9-10, 2008 a small advisory group met in Ottawa, Canada to provide input on Canada’s interests and priorities in the IMFN Circumboreal Initiative. Representatives from the Canadian Model Forest Network, Canadian Forest Service, Canadian Boreal Initiative, Sustainable Forest...
04 March 2009
The Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN) gathered in Ottawa for three days in January for its semi-annual general meeting, bringing together the Presidents, General Managers and Communicators from the 14 member model forests, as well as representatives from the IMFN Secretariat. Separately,...
04 March 2009
In December 2008, Peter Besseau, Director for the IMFN Secretariat and Brian Bonnell, IMFNS Senior Program Specialist, met with the Russian Federal Forest Agency (RFFA) in Moscow to discuss the future development of the Russian Model Forest Network. In the long-term, the RFFA would like to see a...
04 March 2009
Brian Barkley recently announced his retirement as General Manager of Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF). He was EOMFs founding and only General Manager since its inception in 1992. Brian is well-respected in both forestry and the model forest community in Canada and abroad. His combination of...