MFRA will become an integral part of FTP/SRA

As it was discussed during the last EFIMED annual meeting in Orvieto (Italy), 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. Therefore the MFRA will be an integral part of the European Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) process. The decision made by the FTP steering body clearly gives a high profile to MFRA.

The Agenda is now under a consultation process.

a) for the countries (in particular the Mediterranean ones) having a FTP/National Support Group (NSG), this instance will be given an information (written and oral, during a next NSG meeting).

b) for other countries, should organise a consultation meeting with the local stakeholders (research organisations and agencies, forest owners, administration, NGOs, etc.) a focal point (an EFIMED member).

Later, the EFIMED Advisory Group will then compile all comments and feedback, improving the draft document.

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.

Further information: www.forestplatform.org

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