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Global Connections Forum

Related: Environment and Natural Resources

In November 2004, Meridian facilitated the Global Connections Forum, a workshop sponsored by the US Forest Service that enabled forestry and resource management experts to discuss community-based approaches to sustainable natural resource management and conservation around the world. Held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the workshop was one of several regional forums aimed at providing input and recommendations for consideration at the Forest Service’s Centennial Congress in January 2005.

The workshop provided a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the community-based approaches to natural resource management used in the United States with those used elsewhere in the world. The approximately 100 participants included representatives from the Forest Service; other federal and state agencies; local, regional, national, and international nongovernmental organizations; companies; and academia. The participants developed a set of statements and recommendations on topics relating to collaboration, economic development and poverty alleviation, community-based forestry, knowledge-sharing, training, and education.


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