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Please find attached the International 2011 issue of the Forest Communities Program (FCP) Newsletter. This international issue of the newsletter was prepared specifically for the Model Forest Global Forum held in Spain, in March 2011 to share successes of projects and activities undertaken internationally by FCP sites in partnership with other Model Forests around the world. International projects and activities featured in this issue include short rotation forestry in Ontario and New York State, research on adaptation to climate change in circumboreal forests, development of ethno-cultural tourism in Costa Rica, and much more.

English pdf: NRCan_Layout_v5_ENGLISH_final.pdf

French pdf: NRCan_Layout_v5_FRENCH_final.pdf ?

If you have questions about any of the articles in this issue, please contact the FCP Secretariat at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To learn more about the Forest Communities Program, please visit us online at http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/pages/233?lang=en_CA

Following fifteen years of significant contributions and accomplishments under the Canadian Model Forest Program, the EOMF successfully transitioned to the Forest Communities Program (FCP) launched by the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada in July of 2007.

The FCP is a $25-million, 5-year program that funds 11 sites (all model forests) across Canada.  It is administered by the Canadian Forest Service within Natural Resources Canada, and is designed to assist community-based partnerships to develop and share knowledge, strategies and tools to adjust to forest sector transition and to take advantage of emerging forest-based opportunities.

In support of the objectives of the FCP, the EOMF provides a vital platform for fostering collaborative community efforts that promote and support sustainable forest communities in the lower Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin.

Our work under the FCP – with its emphasis on fostering socially and economically vibrant forest-dependent communities – is complemented by efforts in a number of other thematic areas including biodiversity conservation and forest health.

To view a copy of an FCP document entitled: FCP Site Fact Sheets please click here:  FCP Site Fact Sheets 2010

To view EOMF's Fact Sheet within the document above then please click here:  FCP EOMF Fact Sheet 2010

The following table is excerpted from our Strategic Plan for 2007-2012.  It shows the synergies between the objectives of the FCP and the EOMF and highlights how the EOMF is playing an important role in fostering stronger and more resilient forest-dependent communities.

The ojectives of the Forest Communities Program aim ...Over the next five years, the EOMF will ...In more detail, the
EOMF will be ...
This activity will foster strong forest-dependent communities by ...

To pilot ideas, conduct experiments and develop models that assist forest-based communitites to build capacity and meet the opportunities and challenges of a forest sector in transition.

To develop and share integrated, multi-sector approaches, based on science and innovation, to address community transition that involves new and existing natural resource stakeholders.

Work with communities to pilot ideas, conduct research and develop integrated, multi-sector approaches--based on science and innovation--that enable them to respond to a forest sector in transition and to build community capacity (Objective 2)

Creating and transferring new knowledge (and associated frameworks) capable of describing, analyzing and forecasting aspects of forest sector dependencies and related implications for communities
(Activity Area 3)

Assessing and evaluating existing knowledge, incorporating naturalized knowledge, and formulating new concepts
(Activity Area 4)

Enhancing community engagements in development, refinement and implementation of innovative, science-based frameworks and mechanisms which enable them to capitalize on the contribution of forests as assets to communities.

To work with industry and other community-level stakeholders to develop new forest-based opportunities for rural Canada.

Work with communities (including industry, government, First Nations) and other stakeholders to develop new--and advance existing--forest-based opportunities (Objective 1)

Exploring and facilitating the transition to a bio-based community (Activity Area 1)

Advancing innovative adoption of forest certification by communities, with particular reference to market access
(Activity Area 2)

Developing and demonstrating new, locally relevant, forest-based opportunities to promote a healthy forest sector through sustainable processing and procurement projects.

To develop and share sustainable forest management knowledge, practices, tools and experiences with international forest-based communities and their Model Forests, in keeping with Canada's international forest agenda.

Develop and share sustainable forest management knowledge, practices, tools, and experiences with international forest-dependent communities in keeping with Canada's international forest agenda. (Objective 3)

Building partnerships and generating equity
(Activity Area 5)

Maintaining and enhancing the capacity to communicate effectively with a diverse array of communities
(Activity Area 6)

Being an ambassador for the Forest Communities Program
(Activity Area 7)

Empowering them with knowledge, training, and equity through a variety of proven partnership-based transfer mechanisms to both overcome challenges and take advantage of opportunities in the changing forest sector.


For more information on the Forest Communities Program please click here.  To view our July 2007 Press Release entitled “EOMF Successful Site Under New Forest Communities Program” please click here.