A third day, 5th AMF technical workshop took place titled „Draft of the Strategic plan of Dalmatian Model forest“. At the begining Nicolas Duval-Mace, IMFN Secretariat, expressed how he is pleased with already seen motivation of AMF partners and he gave some parallels with Baltic Landscapes project that is taking part in Sweden and Poland at the same time. Pilar Valbuena, MMFN Secretariat, presented Strategic plan structure and expressed importance of bringing different stakeholders together with the mission of the Model forest development. She emphasized the importance of Strategic plan as a document for supporting stakeholders and a MF management. During the presentation of Dalmatian Model forest Strategic plan participants were introduced with forestry, agriculture, tourism and the most important; objective and activities of the future Model forest. Dalmatian model forest has three permanent committees or working groups: 1. Working group for the sustainable use of the forest resources 2. Working group for rural development and population renewal 3. Working group for the environmental protection Strategic plan is positively evaluated by the representatives from the IMFN and MMFN. It is considered to be a good quality document with numerous data about the landscape. It was lacking a description of the stakeholders and a governance structure of the model forest but this is thanks to an early stage of development. By the end of the session it was presented what should be done until the end of the AMF project whose closure is 15th March 2015. Next international meeting will be held in Voskopoja, Albania from 16th till 18th December where an Implementation plan for a MF creation will be presented by each partner. AMF tool-kit will be disseminated among partnership for internal use and external communication. After the fruitful debate participants continue on their cultural visit to Sibenik town.
An annual gathering of the Mediterranean Model Network, MedForum, this year was organized in picturesque town of Skradin, in Sibenik-Knin County, from 14th to 16th October. Organization was shared between IPA Adriatic model forest partners from Dalmatia and MMFN Secretariat. The event is held in the framework of the IPA AMF project as the most important one that is today implemented around the Mediterranean model forests. MedForum hosted IPA AMF project partners and guests from Spain, Turkey, Morocco, Italy and France who are members of the Mediterranean Model forest network. There were present model forest representatives from: Urbion (Spain), Yalova (Turkey), Ifrane (Morocco), Montagne Fiorentine ( Italy) and Provence (France). Previous editions of the MedForum were held in: Valladolid, Spain (2009); Ifrane, Morocco (2010); Ramatuelle, France (2011); Yalova, Turkey (2012) and Rufina, Italy (2013). The topic of the MedForum 2014 was “Monitoring and evaluating results, and communicating them to broad audiences”. The participants of the first day of the MedForum were welcomed by Riccardo Castellini, EU project manager and Miguel Segur, Executive Secretary of the MMFN Secretariat. Morning session of the first day revealed New communication strategies for the MMFN. Pilar Valbuena, MMFN communication expert, was presenting Forest communication network that was established in Morocco in May 2014. The aim of the network is to improve public engagement and interest in forestry issues, but also to share experiences, information and activities that are actualized among the forestry sector. Participation and networking are the key words that are in line with model forest principles so MMFN is an important member of the Forest communication network. Network is open to the individuals and institutions that are directly or indirectly related to forestry.Valbuena is inviting everybody to share information and announcements at this communication web platform. By Miguel Segur was indicated the importance of “Adriatic model forest” project that will benefit the model forest development processes around the South East Europe. While recognizing similarities and differences between the territories partners are entering into the learning process and are getting an opportunity to become a part of a Model forest network and participate in a huge platform of the forest communication. Representatives from different Model forests have presented their communications tools and strategies. All Model forests have projects, activities and initiatives and do communicate with their stakeholders and public. Most of them use brochures, websites, leaflets, promotion meetings, posters and media to share information. A the MedForum participant had an occasion to see an exhibition from the Model forest “Yalova” that have presented silk souvenirs produced by the association. They got silk from silkworn that is living on their territory. At the General assembly of the MMFN signing of Renewed Memorandum of understanding was proposed to the old and a new members; Countries, Regions or a Model forests. For AMF partners it is suggested to have a document called Protocol of understanding that will be signed by each representative as a commitment to the model forest concept. After the Assembly, ceremony for the candidature of the Model forest initiatives into the International model forest network was held. New official candidates are Model forest ”Bucak” from Turkey, Model forest ”Tlemcen” from Algeria and Model forest “River Mirna basin “ from Croatia. Second day was dedicated to the field trip and a visit to the potential Model forest site in Sibenik-Knin County. Town of Skradin is located near the National Park Krka where the main attractions are the Krka waterfalls and the biggest named Skradinski buk. Participants visited National park Krka, its natural and cultural heritage. Park with its 800 000 visitors per year is at the border of the Model forest pilot site and is assumed that will influence a lot rural development and use of natural resources of the future Model forest. Field trip ended in agro-tourist house “Kuca kamena” ,whose owner is a model forest stakeholder, where participants had a chance to taste local gastronomy and hear a traditional music.