Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

This collaborative initiative supports the development and establishment of a Regional Network of Model Forests in Latin America and the Caribbean. Model Forests are about translating higher-level policy goals into achievable and locally relevant models of sustainable use and best practices for the conservation of all forest resources. They use locally-based partnership to find working solutions to forest resource management issues through capacity building, improved decision-making and governance systems, economic diversification, integrated resource management, and poverty alleviation.

The Regional Centre:
- provides technical support to promote and strengthen model forest development in the region;
- documents and demonstrates best practices for sustainable forest management and sustainable economic development opportunities for local communities;
- substantially strengthens the transfer of technology from Canada to the region and among countries and projects in the region;
- secures new country and institutional partners and donors.

Implementation methodologies

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Government of Argentina
Government of Canada - CIDA
Government of Chile
Government of Costa Rica - Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería and Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía
Government of Dominican Republic - Secretaria de Estado de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales

Major Groups:
International Model Forest Network Secretariat (Canada)

UN System:
UNDP/GEF (United States of America)

Canadian University Services Overseas (CUSO) (Canada)

Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: 2022-12-31
Operating in countries
Partner connections
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