The United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017–2030 provides a global framework for action to sustainably manage all types of forests and trees outside forests, and to halt deforestation and forest degradation. At the heart of the Strategic Plan are six Global Forest Goals (GFGs) which directly support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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These stories present testimonials from Model Forest stakeholders around the world highlighting the International Model Forest Network’s ongoing contribution to the sustainable management and use of natural resources. The Model Forest approach improves landscape management by allowing people to define what sustainable development looks like for them and for their area. Through Model Forests, the people profiled here are making a difference.
Latest: Impact Notes 10
For almost 30 years, the IMFN has been implementing landscape-level, participatory approaches to the sustainable management of natural resources. This occasional series of Impact Notes offers a graphical summary of recent news and resources from the IMFN.
Discover Oborniki Model Forest, in Poland.
This video is available in Polish, with English subtitles.
This video has been presented during the 14th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF14), held in New York in May 2019.
Discover Czech Republic Model Forest.
This video is available in Czech and English.
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.
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.
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.
- Forest product traceability promotes responsible resource management
- Local farmers protecting butterfly habitat
- Indigenous communities and landowners cooperating on resource conservationEstablishing a biological corridor improves livelihoods
- Enhancing livelihoods in a Mayan community
- Mangroves increase fish habitat and protect shorelines
- Implementation of a guidebook to help rural-based communities adapt to climate change
- Planting trees, reducing erosion and feeding communities
- Transferring traditional knowledge on caribou and reindeer to Aboriginal youth
- Promoting forest certification for small landowners
- Moving from Illegal Logging to Ecotourism
- Ranchers co-existing with wild plains bison
- Enhancing women’s leadership for community development
- Reindeer herders, GIS and land use planning
- International Model Forest Network. A Global Approach to Ecosystem Sustainability
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