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The International Model Forest Network (IMFN) is a voluntary association of partners from around the world working toward the common aim of sustainable forest management and use.

The primary goal of the international program is to establish a global network of model forests that will represent most of the major forest ecosystems of the world. We also strive to ensure that all partners, regardless of political or economic status, can contribute to, and share in, the benefits of the Network as they work toward the sustainable management of forest-based landscapes.

Our three key objectives are:

To encourage international cooperation and exchange of ideas related to the working concept of sustainable forest management

To support international cooperation in critical aspects of forest science and social science that underlie the search for new models of forest management

To support ongoing international discussions on the criteria and principles of sustainable development

As a long-term goal, the Network serves as a foundation for international cooperation on the sustainable development of forest resources all over the world. Participating model forests share their knowledge and encourage inhabitants fom large parts of the world's forested areas to undertake management and conservation methods that ensure the continuous benefits for humanity.

The model forest approach was first brought to the world's attention at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) where Canada promised to "internationalize" its thriving, innovative Model Forest Program. To support this effort, in 1995, the International Model Forest Network Secretariat (IMFNS), was established at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in order to facilitate the creation of a global network of model forests dedicated to managing the world’s forest-based landscapes in a sustainable manner.

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