Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda – MFRA
EFI Mediterranean Regional Office, EFIMED, has taken the lead in drafting a Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda (MFRA) that describes the main research priorities for forestry in the region in the period 2009–2020. The European Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) has provided the framework for the Mediterranean forest research community to develop the MFRA as part of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) in order to highlight the main Pan-Mediterranean scientific challenges, as well as the scientific priorities, objectives and outcomes to address them.
Currently an MFRA draft document has been circulated for consultation among the EFIMED network. In addition, the consultation process on the MFRA will involve (i) the Mediterranean FTP/National Support Groups (NSG), and for countries not having an NSG (e.g. non-European countries) a focal point will organise a consultation meeting with the local stakeholders (research organisations and agencies, forest owners, administration, NGOs, etc.).
The EFIMED Advisory Group will then compile and "digest" all comments and feedback to improve the current document so that it will constitute a jointly agreed agenda.
On this basis, it will be possible to use the MFRA for both:
- attracting more national and international resources and funding for research on Mediterranean forest
- implementing research programmes and projects in a coordinated efficient and effective way.
More information: Marc Palahí, Head of Office, EFIMED, firstname.lastname(at)efi.int
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