Amongst health and economic headwinds, some have engaged in restoration processes or put innovative strategies in place to address land-use conflicts, food security or climate change; others empowered women, youth and communities to participate in governance processes; some built capacities among their stakeholders; while others made efforts to build and nurture inclusive, respectful and proactive partnerships.Some of you have embraced the Model Forest approach many years ago; and some of you recently joined the Network, all while applying the six principles and attributes that define a Model Forest.
We are all making efforts to help others get to know the landscapes of the IMFN. Here in Ottawa we try to profile your individual efforts and amplify your messages to a broader audience. Many of you are highlighting your own landscapes and priorities through videos and virtual tours.
Conservation and restoration are possible if we all work together | Chiquitanía Sostenible, Bolivia
Developed 30 years ago as an approach responding to competing priorities across forest landscapes and promoting a neutral, consensus-based forum, we can say today that the Model Forest concept is as relevant as ever, as the world needs more inclusive partnerships, more long-term approaches, more reconciliation, and more action for the sustainable development of our landscapes.
We are proud of what we have become over the years as a Network: a healthy, diverse and innovative global community of practice, collectively making lasting progress towards sustainable development, both locally and globally.
From the International Model Forest Network Secretariat, we extend our best wishes to all our members, partners, friends and their families for a happy and healthy end to 2021. We are looking forward to another successful year ahead, and to celebrating together our achievements, past and future.
Head of the International Model Forest Network Secretariat