Capacity Building

In line with IAFN’s mission of promoting the application of analog forestry techniques as a critical component of a new rural development paradigm, we manage an international capacity building program that focuses on the analog forestry methodology.

Nursery management exercise with participants from Cuba, Honduras, and Costa Rica. Credit: Falls Brook Centre

The core of our capacity building program is our analog forestry workshops, which range in length from 3-5 days. It covers topics such as the principles of analog forestry, rapid ecological evaluation of degraded sites, and the design of analog forestry regeneration plans. More information on these topics can be found in our training guides. We are also developing a more wide-ranging curriculum with capacity building activities related to ecological restoration.

Workshops include a strong design component, with participants working towards their own design by the end of the workshop. Credit: CENDEP

In order to bring analog forestry trainings to an international audience, we collaborate with a network of trainers across the world. Many of these trainers are professional foresters, ecologists, or agronomists, and all of them have experience designing and implementing Analog Forestry projects.

Milo Bekins, former IAFN chair and analog forestry trainer. Credit: A. K. Dickinson

Our trainings have been attended by NGO staff, forestry technicians, educators, researchers, and forest farmers from all walks of life across three continents. Currently, the IAFN has 4 training centers through the collaborative work of partners in Costa Rica, Cameroon, Bolivia and Sri Lanka.

If you or your organization is interested in hosting or attending a training, please contact us.

To see the results of previous trainings, see our Galleries page.