"Integrated landscape management (ILM) approaches are on the rise, and this is good news for Africa. Africa needs to make its economic and social transformation in ways that will be greener and significantly more inclusive and collaborative than previous models of industrialization or emergence; ILM approaches offer models of cross-sector, ecological and economic integration that are key to more sustainable transformation."

This policy note by Mariteuw Chimère Diaw, General Manager of the African Model Forest Network (AMFN), focuses on one aspect of the question, namely that of the delivery model for ILM. In other words, what is the approach to the approach?

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Place-Based Collaborative Learning Towards Multiple Forest Use in Swedish Bergslagen

Inspired by international policy developments and a national strategy for long-term sustainable land use, Sweden developed a national forest programme in 2016, to increase wood and biomass production, but also to bolster biodiversity conservation and rural development.

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In 2006, the Kyoto Model Forest Association (KMFA), a public-interest, incorporated association, was formed to serve as a catalyst for sustainable forest management activities under the supervision of the Model Forest Promotion Division of Kyoto Prefecture.

diff harvestHow rehabilitated under-utilized or fallow lands are creating economic diversification opportunities for rural communities in Quebec's Lac-Saint-Jean Model Forest (Canada).

Agriculture and the forest industry have been going through difficult times for a number of years now in several of Quebec’s regions. The industry’s traditional business model, among others, is declining at a steady pace, and the agricultural sector is being subject to threats such as major multilateral trade agreements that are likely to jeopardize its competitiveness.

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From the syrup we pour on our pancakes to the enriching features of our landscapes,   forests and forest products continue to be ever present in our lives.  Highlighted below are a few initiatives from the Canadian Model Forest Network demonstrating how sustainable forest management practices are playing an important role in the success of forest owners enhancing the sale of their products and restoring the ecological integrity of Eastern Ontario forests.

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The issue
Moose are the largest mammal in the boreal forest (weighing up to 600 kg) and the largest member of the deer family. They are an important component of the overall biodiversity found in the boreal forest, and a food source for predators such as wolves and black bear.

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The Challenge 

The Inner Bay of Fundy (iBoF), located between the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in eastern Canada, has a very unique population of Atlantic salmon. The area encompasses a large landscape with 32 rivers known to have had iBoF salmon spawning grounds. In New Brunswick, there are 11 such rivers, with the best known being the Upper Salmon, Big Salmon, Point Wolfe and Petitcodiac Rivers.

288d518d 3826 4c44 8f07 82d5011bee37March 21st is the United Nations International Day of Forests which celebrates the ways in which forests and trees sustain and protect us. This year’s goal is raising awareness of how forests are key to the planet’s supply of freshwater, which is essential for life.

We therefore thought it was a good opportunity to highlight the excellent results and lessons-learned from the Ecoadapt project Ecosystem‐based strategies and innovations in water governance networks for adaptation to climate change in Latin American Landscapes that recently got published in IUFRO’s Occasional Paper No. 30. We extracted the following text from the report. Full reference can be found at the end of this article.

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Today, we highlight the work of Teatermaskinen (The Theatre Machine), an independent theatre group and partner of the Bergslagen Model Forest in Sweden.

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Marabou weed, also known as the sicklebush, is a highly aggressive invasive tree species in Cuba.  Originally from South Africa, it grows in all soils, altitudes and microclimates, and is located in almost all of the vegetation types on the island. It is a dense woody tree that can grow up to 8-10 meters tall and is covered in thorns.