Canadian Forest Service Publications

The Model Forest Network: A case study of partnership in resource management. 1995. Brand, D.G. Pages 75-81 in Proceedings: Forestry Sector Planning Meeting. September 18-22, 1994, Anchorage, Alaska. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Headquarters, Ottawa. 4 p.

Year: 1995

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 18448

Language: English

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The Model Forest program is designed to support efforts being made to implement sustainable management of forests in different eco-regions of the world. Each of the 13 Model Forests, whether in Canada, Mexico, or Russia, is based on some simple premises. The first is that sustainable management must encompass all the values and objectives of the different agencies and institutions with a mandate or interest in the forest. This should be done in partnership by defining a common vision, objectives, and a set of activities to make a practical transition towards a condition of sustainable management. The second is that the Model Forests are attempting to put in place integrated resource management programs that combine the diverse services and values of the forest into a framework of management objectives. Third, the Model Forests place emphasis on local communities and their socioeconomic conditions. Education, training, and economic diversification are all elements within the Model forest programs.

After 2 or 3 years of operation, the Model Forest network has been successful in demonstrating that partnership can work and can be used to avoid conflict over resource management issues. Given the close link between the practical efforts of the Model Forests and the growing international forest policy consensus on sustainable forest management, there is every indication that the Model Forest network will grow to increase new projects in a variety of countries with different social, economic, ecological, and historical dimensions. This will only serve to strengthen the network and increase its relevance to the ongoing discussions around the conservation and sustainable managemenet of the world's remaining forests.