We are pleased to announce that 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the International Model Forest Network.
The IMFN was first brought to the world's attention at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. At the Rio Earth Summit, Canada invited other countries to participate in creating Model Forests.
The IMFN has now grown into a global network of 60 Model Forests in 30 countries on five continents, which encompasses 100 million hectares of a wide variety of forest ecosystems and landscapes. Through the Network, Model Forests, stakeholders and international partners successfully work together towards the sustainable management of large landscapes and ecosystems. Today, while the strength of the IMFN is certainly visible in its numbers, its value is in the working relationships and friendships that reach across borders, languages, time zones and ecosystems. Over the past 20 years, this collaborative approach has contributed significantly to our knowledge base of natural resource management and demonstrated the on-the-ground application of the principles of sustainable development.
We invite you to help us spread the word!
March 12-15, 2013: African Model Forest Conference, Cameroun
The first African Model Forest Conference (AMFC) on the theme "Emerging Africa: Governance and Changes, Innovations and Green Social Business" will be held at the Palais des Congrès in Yaoundé, Cameroun from 12 to 15 March 2013. The AMFC 2013 aims to bring together the best reflections and experiences on African emergence issues in relation to global issues of environment, climate, development, economy, demography and sustainable resource management. These questions are at the heart of what is done from the most remote village to the largest cities in all regions of the continent.
June 12-15, 2013: IUFROLAT Congress, Costa Rica
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and the Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) will hold the Third IUFRO Latin American Congress (IUFROLAT) in San José, Costa Rica from 12 to 15 June 2013. Partners in this event are the Ibero-American Model Forest Network (RIABM), FAO and several IUFRO member organizations in the region. The overall goal of the Congress is to demonstrate how forest science is impacting on livelihoods, environment and sustainable development in the Latin America and Caribbean region. With the slogan "Forests, Competitiveness and Sustainable Landscapes", the Congress will highlight research that offers information on management and policy relevant to policy makers and practitioners at local, national and regional levels. The deadline to submit abstracts for presentations or posters is 31 December, 2012. There is a limited number of scholarships for participants whose abstract will be selected. Scholarship information is available on the IUFROLAT website.
March 24-26, 2011: IMFN Global Forum
March 21-24, 2011: International Symposium on Ecosystem and Landscape-level Approaches to Sustainability
XIII World Forestry Congress (October 18-23, 2009)
The 2009 World Forestry Congress (WFC) is an opportunity to raise awareness of the important work of IMFN members around the world and to share knowledge and experiences with other organizations engaged in the sustainable management of forest-based landscapes and natural resources.
IMFN Global Forum 2008
June 16-20, Hinton, Alberta, Canada
IMFN Global Forum 2005: Key findings
November 7-11, 2005, Turriabla, Costa Rica.