The Model Forest approach follows six main principles, based on flexible landscape and ecosystem management that combines the social, environmental and economic needs of local communities with the long-term sustainability of large landscapes.


Each Model Forest is a neutral forum that welcomes voluntary participation of  stakeholder interests and values on the landscape.

Model Forest stakeholders represent diverse values and interest from various sectors of society who work towards a common vision for the sustainable management within a defined landscape.

  • A Model Forest aims at having representatives from the public, private and volunteer sectors, community organizations, academia and research institutions involved in its activities.
  • Involvement in all aspects of governance in the Model Forest is voluntary and inclusive.
  • No discrimination against groups or individuals exists within the Model Forest partnership.