Purposes of the Mediterranean Model Forest Network

Forest areas in the Mediterranean environment face immense challenges, including climate change, increasing fire hazards, erosion, land abandonment and degradation and loss of biodiversity.

Initiated in Canada and internationalised at the “Rio Summit” (UNCED 1992), the Model Forest concept, based on the ideas of broad-based partnerships, innovation and participatory governance within complex landscapes working toward sustainability, is of high relevance to help solve these and other issues common to the whole Mediterranean region. Members of the Network share a will to increase quality of life in rural areas on both the Southern, Northern and Eastern rims of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Parties of the MoU (the document that must be signed to become member of the MMFN) have convened to collaborate with the objective of establishing a network of territories that share as a common aim to develop the Model Forest concept in the Mediterranean environment, under the name of Mediterranean Model Forest Network and as part of the International Model Forest Network.

At the highest operational level the MMFN has two functions:

- at site level to promote locally-based forest landscape governance through the creation of Model Forests;

- and regionally to develop and support networking opportunities among model forests across the Mediterranean in order to accelerate learning and innovation in support of the agreed-upon goals.


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Model Forest ToolkitThe Model Forest Toolkit is a series of documents produced by the IMFNS to provide guidance to new and existing Model Forests. The toolkit is available in English, French, Spanish and Russian.

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