Forests and forest-dependent communities do not function in isolation. Inside or adjacent to forests the world over we nd farms, rivers, towns, businesses, protected areas and other sectors competing for limited resources. For this reason, a participatory and integrated approach to managing forest landscapes is increasingly viewed as necessary in any attempt to balance the social, economic and environmental trade-o s needed for sustainable development. This is the rationale behind the Model Forest approach.
Central to a Model Forest is a multi-stakeholder group representing the di erent social, political and economic actors in a given area. This includes government agencies, academic and research institutions, industry, civil society, non-government organizations and others who voluntarily work together to define what sustainability means in their own context and then create an inclusive governance structure and plan to collectively realize their sustainability goals.
The Regional Model Forest Network for Asia (RMFN-Asia) was originally established as an informal network in 2000 through funds provided by the Government of Japan and coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). We are a regional initiative of the International Model Forest Network (IMFN).
Today, with more than a decade of experience in partnership building, we know what it takes to “get people to the table” and how to change the way we view our natural resources.
This document outlines the key issues we aim to address over the next ve years and how we intend to address them in partnership with others.
A Model Forest is a process — not a project