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Oborniki Model Forest

Discover Oborniki Model Forest, in Poland.

This video is available in Polish, with English subtitles.

What is a Model Forest? By Sarah Schmid from Prince Albert Model Forest.

This video has been presented during the 14th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF14), held in New York in May 2019.


Modelový les Česká republika – Czech Republic Model Forest

Discover Czech Republic Model Forest.

This video is available in Czech and English.

What is a Model Forest?

Model Forests are based on an approach that combines the social, cultural and economic needs of local communities with the long-term sustainability of large landscapes in which forests are an important feature.

Developing Local Economies Through Discovery Tours, Yalova Model Forest, Turkey

Yalova Model Forest, Turkey

The Model Forest is helping local organizations set up a recreational tourist route connecting the beaches of the Sea of Marmara to mountain forest areas. Through the tour, people discover local products such as crafts, ornamental plants and forestry activities as well as natural areas, waterfalls and hot springs.

This video is in Turkish. English is available through closed captioning.

Community-linked conservation using Devakad (sacred groves)

Kodagu Model Forest, India

Kodagu District in Karnataka State, South India, part of the Western Ghats region, described as one of the hottest hot spots of biodiversity in the world. This district can also be called a hot spot of sacred forest tradition due to the density and diversity of deities and communities that are part of an informal conservation concept based on Devakad, or sacred groves. This video reviews the current status, threats and conservation initiatives undertaken by different stakeholders to revive this unique conservation concept and highlights the role of the Kodagu Model Forest as a key facilitator in the conservation effort.

Guidebook to help rural-based communities become more climate resilient

Canadian Model Forest Network Guidebook and Community Resource Collection

The Canadian Model Forest Network has developed a guidebook to help rural-based communities become more climate resilient. The Guidebook and the accompanying Community Resource Collection has been crafted based on the idea that rural communities in forest settings want guidance in understanding and acting to reduce community impacts from the changing climate.

An introductory video on the guidebook has been developed:


Forest product traceability promotes responsible resource management

Forest product traceability lets consumers connect with harvesters, producers and processers through social media. In this way, people know exactly where their forest products come from, who made them, where they were harvested and by which method. Model Forests have been developing traceability projects focused on mushrooms in Spain, wooden pens in Cameroon, and log homes and wood carvings in western Canada.

This video contains multiple languages. Subtitles (CC) in English are available.

Local farmers protecting butterfly habitat

Urbión Model Forest, Spain

In the Abejar region, the dusky large blue butterfly has been threatened by changes in livestock management activities. Through the Urbión Model Forest (Spain), the municipality, local farmers and an NGO have signed a land stewardship agreement to preserve its fragile habitat. The Model Forest is raising awareness of both the value of traditional seasonal movement of livestock and ways to reduce its impact on the butterfly.

This video is in Spanish. English is available through closed captioning.

Indigenous communities and landowners cooperating on resource conservation

Chiquitano Model Forest, Bolivia

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 management committee to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources in and around the protected area.

This video is in Spanish. English is available through closed captioning.

Establishing a biological corridor improves livelihoods

Colinas Bajas Model Forest, Dominican Republic

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 two protected areas inside the Model Forest. They established and supported nurseries, conservation and commercial forests, and small businesses in forestry, agroforestry and ecotourism.

This video is in Spanish. English is available through closed captioning.

Enhancing livelihoods in a Mayan community

Lachuá Model Forest, Guatemala

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 cocoa and honey, restores the nearby forests and develops ecotourism projects. They also built a computer centre with an internet connection running on solar energy.

This video is in Spanish. English is available through closed captioning.

Mangroves increase fish habitat and protect shorelines

Carood Watershed Model Forest, Philippines

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 consists of 40 mangrove species to help conserve its diversity.

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