The IMFN is comprised of all member Model Forests around the world that have been approved as either full members or candidate members through appropriate Network bodies and processes.
Membership in the IMFN is granted to those Model Forests that successfully meet and maintain the IMFN Principles and Attributes of Model Forests. Candidate status is granted when an applicant Model Forest has completed steps 1 and 2 below.
Application for membership must be submitted to the IMFN Secretariat (referred to in Article 6) and the Regional Network Secretariat (where applicable). A three‐step process leading to membership includes the following:
Submission of a Letter of Intent: A Letter of Intent to establish a Model Forest must be submitted to the IMFN Secretariat and Regional Network Secretariat (where applicable). The Letter should be submitted on behalf of Model Forest partners. The Letter of Intent must testify to the endorsement of an appropriate national or sub‐national government agency, and, when possible, identify a dedicated focal point responsible for Model Forests within the national or sub‐national government. The IMFN Secretariat and Regional Network Secretariat (where applicable) will confirm receipt of the Letter to the applicant and initiate discussion with the national or sub‐national authority on subsequent steps and actions;
The Model Forest proposal must describe, inter alia:
A profile of the proposed Model Forest area, including the physical, socio‐economic
and other unique features of the area;
A profile of the stakeholder groups involved;
The Model Forest’s proposed organizational and governance structure;
The proposed vision, objectives and key program areas of the Model Forest, including
what the proposed Model Forest can offer back to the Network in terms of expertise,
research, programming, resources or other benefits;
Links to higher level policy priorities and objectives;
A financial plan including proposed sources of funding.
The proposal is to be submitted to the Regional Network Secretariat (where applicable) and the IMFN Secrerariat. Following a successful review, the proposed Model Forest will be granted Candidate Model Forest status and will be invited to participate in IMFN activities;
On‐site Assessment: The last step of the application process is the official acceptance into the IMFN based upon a successful on‐site assessment. The assessment will be performed by the IMFN Secretariat and Regional Network Secretariat (where applicable) after a reasonable period of time following the acceptance of the Model Forest’s candidate status. If the assessment confirms the Model Forest’s compliance with the IMFN Principles and Attributes Framework (Annex A), the Model Forest will receive full membership status.
Regional networks (where applicable) can determine subsequent steps required, if any, for full membership in compliance with their own policies and norms. In addition, Regions can further define benefits for full members vs. candidate sites.
Model Forests can lose membership status after prolonged periods of inactivity. The decision to delist a member lies with the IMFN Secretariat and Regional Network Secretariat (where applicable).
Membership in the IMFN (including applying theretofore) does not create any legally binding rights or obligations whatsoever.
Principles of Engagement
Member Model Forests will share a common commitment to support, develop and operate their Model Forest consistent with the IMFN Principles and Attributes Framework (Annex 1).
Members are expected to contribute to and participate in the life of the IMFN through their interaction in its governance bodies, committees, strategic initiatives and in other ways that advance the goals and objectives of the IMFN and those of its members.
Members are expected to undertake communications and knowledge exchange, capacity building, and, when necessary and appropriate, actively seek funding opportunities in support of those activities and of their local and regional programming in general.
Member Model Forests are the primary responsibility of the organizations that make up their respective partnerships, including national and/or sub‐national authorities.
IMFN Members’ responsibilities and obligations
Members will aspire to uphold and promote the goals and the objectives of the IMFN.
Members will endeavour to actively participate in the activities and meetings of the IMFN and of their respective Regional Network (where applicable), resources permitting.
As part of their responsibility to act as advocates for members, International and Regional Secretariats depend on timely and relevant information. To that end, members will report on their activities to the IMFN Secretariat and their Regional Network Secretariats (where applicable) at least on an annual basis in a format and according to timelines agreed upon between the IMFN Secretariat and respective Regional Network Secretariats (where applicable).
Members will conduct the affairs of their Model Forest in a manner consistent with the IMFN Principles and Attributes Framework (Annex A) and will agree to periodic assessment against the Framework by the IMFN Secretariat and Regional Network Secretariat (where applicable).
Members will clearly identify themselves as belonging to the IMFN and their Regional and/or National Network (where applicable) in all public communications.