International Model Forest Network
International Model Forest Network is an association of partners from all around the world who for over 20 years have been working towards a common goal – the sustainable management of forests and landscapes. The Network was created to support the sustainable management of the natural resources through a participatory approach that reflects the needs of local communities and global concerns. The Network is a place which fosters international exchange of ideas, knowledge, experience and innovative solutions and supports international cooperation. Its primary mission is to establish a network that represents the major forest ecosystems of the world which are managed in a sustainable manner. The idea of the International Model Forest Network comes from Canada. It was first presented in 1992 as a partnership creating a neutral forum which represented the interests and values of all stakeholders working towards a common goal of sustainable development and stressing the importance of exchanging information and supporting scientific research. The Canadian idea has proved to be an “inspirational model” which allows others to draw learning lessons and improve their approach to sustainability. At present IMFN includes more than 40 Model Forests covering 84 million hectares in 31 countries.