The Regional Model Forest Project

The Regional Project on Assistance for the Implementation of the Model Forest Approach for Sustainable Forest Management in the Asia Pacific Region (GCP/RAS/177/JPN, or RMFP) was launched in February 2000 and will run until February 2003. It is funded by the Government of Japan, executed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and has four participating countries, i.e. China, Myanmar, Philippines & Thailand.

The Project aims to contribute to the efforts of the four Project countries to sustainably manage their forest resources through strengthening their national and community-level capacities in the development and implementation of field-level model forests.

The field-level model forests will incorporate partnerships among all stakeholders, and "best practices" for sustainable forest management, taking into account the multiple uses and functions of forests, the many diverse demands placed on the forests and forest lands by various stakeholders, the need to balance economic, social and environmental considerations, and the special needs and priorities of each country.

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Region