A Succesful Second Mediterranean Forest Week
A platform for all the actors in the Mediterranean forests
EFIMED, Fao and SilvaMediterranea jointly organised the Second Mediterranean Forest Week in Avignon with INRA Avignon, PlanBleu, AIFM, GIZ, MMFN, ARCMED, CTFC, COFOR International and USSE, with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Rurality and Territorial Management of France, Region PACA, Departament Vaucluse and the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain.
During the week, plenary and parallel sessions addressed policy-relevant questions regarding the role of forests for the Sustainable Development of Mediterranean territories and impacts of climate change on forest fire prevention strategies and key resources like water. The week also included a Scientific Seminar on forests and biodiversity, discussions on the EFFIS system, the meeting of the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests and the Extended Executive Committee of SilvaMediterranea group of FAO. The workshop on Forests, Societies and Territories promoted the exchange of cross-sectoral experiences of forest governance. This platform also hosted the meeting of Mediterranean forest owners (ARCMED) and provided the chance for different Mediterranean projects to meet (AGORA, SylvaMED).
The official dinner celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the idea of SilvaMediterranea and participants of the week had the opportunity to visit the same location than the foresters of one century ago: the Mount Ventoux.
There were different expressions of satisfaction from participants and organisators about the relevance and uniqueness of this event, which joined Mediterranean policy makers, practitioners, forest owners, scientists and representatives from the civil society, in the frame of the International Year of Forests.
Presentations are available at: www.efimed.efi.int/portal/events/mfw2011/presentations/
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