Model and demonstration forests
Two demonstration forest initiatives with aims similar to those of model forests have been launched in Latin America:
- the Demonstration Forest Management Areas in Central America supported by the Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE);
- and the Network of Demonstration Watersheds in Mountain Areas of Latin America (SICUDEM) established in 2000 by the Latin American Network of Technical Cooperation in Watershed Management.
The objectives of the latter are to promote participation in integrated natural resource management of mountain watersheds through demonstration and dissemination of information, and to strengthen institutions involved in such work.
ITTO is also encouraging its member countries to set up model and demonstration forest areas to demonstrate the application of sustainable forest management and reduced impact logging in practice. At present 11 forests of various sizes have been identified evenly distributed in the three regions.
Country based networks include China's 8 experimental and demonstration areas covering the main eco-zones of the country.