Formed at the International Workshop on Ecosystem Based Community Forestry held in British Colombia in October 1998, the International Network of Forests and Communities is a diverse collection of community and aboriginal leaders, foresters, practitioners, researchers, consultants, activists, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and others working towards ecologically sustainable community forestry. Specifically, the group functions as a Network "to create opportunities to develop concrete projects and common strategies for the development of policy advocacy and public education at the national and international levels." Simple and straightforward, the homepage (English or Spanish) includes a Saanich Statement of Principles on Forests and Communities (with an opportunity to endorse the statement, if so desired) as well as a searchable Directory of participating organizations. By clicking on a continental region (North America, Europe and Russia, Asia, Latin America, Australia and Oceania, or International (all)), the user navigates to a hyperlinked list of organizations; each organization is described, and its mission statement and contact information are included. New plans for the site include posting "Proceedings of the International Workshop on Ecosystem Based Community Forestry," and "Ecosystem-Based Community Forestry in the Pacific Rim: Backgrounder of Policy and Practice," among others.
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