Bringing people together to sustainably manage their forest landscapes in Asia.

Become a member

Many resource managers, NGOs, community groups and others are already involved with the core elements that comprise the Model Forest concept, for example participatory forestry, landscape-scale natural resource management and collaborative networks. An extensive knowledge base in these and other areas is continuously being developed in many countries that could and should be shared. An open, respectful exchange of knowledge, and an examination of that knowledge by all stakeholders, creates the best potential of learning from one another and accelerating progress toward sustainability goals.

If you are interested in joining the RMFN-Asia and the IMFN, please read the Model Forest Development Guide or contact us.

large_Youth camp_tree plantingWhy join?

In joining the Network country representatives can:

  • Access a dynamic global community that shares knowledge, collaborates on research, and exchanges ideas and experiences locally, regionally and internationally
  • Access the social processes already developed for consensus-building in existing Model Forests. In fact, demonstration of social elements—e.g., empowerment in decision-making, respect for cultural differences, equity and sharing of benefits—is one of the most tangible benefit of Model Forests to date
  • Create on-the-ground platforms for meeting international environmental obligations (ie. Convention on Biological Diversity, Millennium Development Goals, National Forest Programs and others)
  • Scale up best practices in the sustainable management of forest landscapes beyond the Model Forest boundary

Locally, Model Forest stakeholders can:

  • Participate in a regional network where they can freely obtain real-world expertise about Model Forest initiatives from other sites and share their own lessons learned with others
  • Accelerate their progress toward inclusive, innovative and sustainable management practices locally
  • Challenge existing approaches and influence existing institutions, policies and legislation
  • Enhance community capacity- and consensus-building through trust-based processes and open dialogue

Donor agencies are also potential beneficiaries because key elements related to sustainable development are found within Model Forests:

  • Sustainable community development
  • Increased participation of women and indigenous peoples
  • Food security and energy availability
  • Conflict mitigation
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Capacity building, education, training and exchanges
  • Landscape scale of operation