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Canada’s Model Forest Program

Foothills Model Forest AGM Edmonton, Alberta Nov 21, 2006

Overview • Current MF program status • Achievements to date • International involvement

• Recent developments • CMFN Inc.

• Forest Communities Initiative • Call for Proposals status

Program Status • Established in 1992 by the CFS to promote the principles of sustainable forest management (SFM) • Renewed in 2002 for another 5-year period (Phase III, 2002-07) • Currently there are 11 MF’s and 3 Special Project Areas across Canada

Canadian Model Forest Network

Phase III Program Objectives • Increase development and adoption of SFM systems and tools • Distribute results locally, regionally nationally and internationally • Strengthen other activities in support of Canada’s and provincial SFM priorities • Increase local level participation

Achievements to date • Currently over 500 partners working with various model forests • 9 Colleges and 32 Universities are actively involved as project collaborators • MF’s encompass over 19.77 million hectares of Canada forests • NRCan-CFS has provided $500,000 per year to each model forest, plus added Network support • Program has achieved high leverage - total annual cash and in-kind contributions amounted to $18.0 M (2004/05)

Leverage summary Canadian Model Forest Network Contributions $18.9 M

$20.3 M

$18.0 M

$8,000 $7,000 $6,000 Natural Resources Canada Canadian Forest Service


In-kind contributions leveraged from other sources by model forests Cash contributions leveraged from other sources by model forests

$4,000 $3,000 $2,000 $1,000 $0 2002-2003



Current Policy Linkages • Model forests are also relevant to : – Canada’s National Forest Strategy – National Aboriginal Action Plan – Canadian Council of Forest Ministers’ approach to C&I – NRCan’s Sustainable Development Strategy – CFS Strategic Plan

Current Policy Linkages

International Linkages • International Model Forest Network created in 1995; 10th anniversary • New partnerships established around the world – 18 countries, 40 sites; 55M ha worldwide

• International interest continues to grow – Sites in India, Sweden, Cameroon – Regional networks in L. America, Asia, Africa

International MF distribution

Recent Developments CMFN • Signing ceremony in April/07 (Rimouski) • Not-for-profit entity created; CMFN Inc. • Official incorporation in May/06 • All existing sites are members • Election of officials finalized in Sept/06

Recent Developments • New CMFN Board established – D. Neave (former Director and President of EOMF) appointed interim General Manager, CMFN – Dr. D. McLean (FMF) elected Chairman

• CMFN Inc. Strategic Plan in 2nd draft • MOU with CFS/IMFNS under development; – Draft approved in principle by CMFN Inc.

Forest Communities Program • Replacement for NRCan/CFS Model Forest Program • Five-year initiative; 2007-2012 • Targeting rural, forest-based communities • Funding up to $400K per site/year • Actions to date • • • • • •

Call for Proposals issued in June/06 Expression of interest submitted Sept/06 Detailed proposals submitted Oct/06 Review Committee being assembled TB approval anticipated in Jan/07 Planned launch on track for Apr/07

Canadian Model Forest Network

For more information about Model Forests, please visit us on-line at: Canadian Model Forest Network


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