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Every three years the IMFN Secretariat brings together members of Model Forests (and their respective regional secretariats) from around the world in one location. The IMFN Global Forum, as this gathering is called, is primarily a business meeting in which Model Forests share knowledge, review their accomplishments, problem solve and create strategic plans for the years ahead. Previous meetings have taken place in Turrialba (Costa Rica) in 2005 and Hinton (Canada) in 2008. For more information on the 2008 Global Forum in Hinton, Alberta, Canada see the IMFN website.
The IMFN 2011 Global Forum in Burgos, Spain will take place on March 25th and March 26th (with a field trip on March 24th). The Global Forum is open to Model Forest members only as it is primarily a business meeting of the IMFN. However, most Model Forest members attending the Global Forum will also participate in the International Symposium offering an excellent opportunity for Symposium participants to network with people directly involved in Model Forests around the world.
The International Model Forest Network (IMFN) is a global community of practice whose members and supporters work toward a common goal: the sustainable management of forest-based landscapes through the Model Forest approach. The IMFN is comprised of more than 50 member Model Forests in existence or under development in 30 member countries across 5 continents, five Regional Network Secretariats and the International Secretariat which is housed within Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa, Canada (please scroll down for contact list).
Model Forests are based on a flexible framework for learning and doing 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. By design they are voluntary, broad-based initiatives, linking forestry, research, agriculture, mining, recreation and other interests within a given landscape. While each Model Forest sets its own priorities, common themes found across the IMFN include biodiversity, conservation, forest restoration, sustainable economic development, education and good governance. These common themes form the basis for networking, learning, and innovating from local to global levels.
To learn more about Model Forests and the IMFN visit www.imfn.net