The IMFN includes Regional Networks whose goals are to more effectively define, articulate and facilitate programs of work that are more reflective of and tailored to the unique features and opportunities in each region.
Regional Networks will clearly identify themselves as belonging to the IMFN in all public communications. Regional Networks are expected to use the term “Model Forest” in their name for the purposes of the IMFN.
The IMFN Regional Networks are:
Regional Network Secretariat functions include:
- Regional advocacy and representation;
- Networking between members within a region (transfer of technology and expertise);
- Assistance in regional resource expansion;
- Regional communications and knowledge management/sharing;
- Regional program support;
- Regional partnership development and capacity‐building;
- Documentation, monitoring and evaluation;
- Representing their members’ interests to the IMFN, the IMFN Secretariat, and IMFNCommittees and Strategic Initiatives.
Members will establish their Regional Networks’ operating rules including that of their Regional Secretariat at their discretion and in their interest so long as they are not in conflict with this Charter.
Regional Network Secretariats review and approve proposals for new Model Forests arising from their respective regions, in conjunction with the IMFN Secretariat as described in Article 2.
Where Regional Networks exist, members must belong to both their Regional Network and the IMFN.
Model Forests may work towards establishing a Regional Network in any such region that is not already comprised in Article 8.3. The creation of new Regional Networks will be confirmed by the IMFN Assembly upon recommendation by the IMFN Secretariat.
A Model Forest may be a member in more than one Regional Network.
Model Forests that are not associated with formal Regional Networks will associate themselves with the IMFN Secretariat in terms of operating procedures and liaison with the IMFN.
Members are welcome to create and maintain sub‐regional, national or sub‐national Model Forest networks and/or programs in forms and function according to national circumstances while remaining consistent with the terms of this Charter.
Each regional network will periodically undertake a review and report on problems or issues inherent in the application or maintenance of the Model Forest Principles in their respective regions.
Each regional network will produce annual or periodic reports which shall be shared with the IMFN Secretariat for citation in its global publications and reports.