A Model Forest is a large-scale, forest-based landscape that encompasses a variety of land uses and values, resource management administrations, and land ownership.
The IMFN is active in seven regions or countries: Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Mediterranean basin, Canada, Europe and Russia. Strong growth in the Network necessitated discussion on how members could more effectively participate in terms of governance, funding, program planning and strengthening of Network activities. The creation of regional networks was seen as the best way to achieve this goal.
The main purpose of IMFN regional networks is to define, articulate and manage a regional program of work related to the sustainable management of forest-based landscapes that reflects the priorities, strengths and opportunities that are unique to the region. They also facilitate regional communications and knowledge exchange, capacity building and funding opportunities for existing Model Forests, as well as those expected to join the Network.