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.
Marabou weed, also known as the sicklebush, is a highly aggressive invasive tree species in Cuba. As 34% of its area is covered by the Marabou weed, Cuba’s Sabanas de Macanas Model Forest is tackling both the problem of its invasiveness as well as the opportunity it provides to improve local livelihoods.
The Canadian Model Forest Network tested the principles from the guidebook in two Aboriginal communities in Canada and in the Vilhelmina Model Forest in Sweden. Small communities in forest-based settings, are most vulnerable to climate change and we’re seeing those impacts from extreme weather events, such as forest fires and floods, by their front door.
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These case studies 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.
The four case studies highlighted in this publication illustrate how Model Forests offer a valuable approach to sustainable landscape management through multi-stakeholder governance, knowledge generation and exchange, and the ability to address challenges at multiple scales.