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Advancing Mediterranean Forest research Capacities ‐ AGORA

The AGORA project coordinated by EFIMED aims at advancing scientific knowledge on the sustainable management of forests in Tunisia and Morocco through scientific cooperation, networking and targeted capacity building that uses efficiently the existing multidisciplinary knowledge and resources, which are available in different European forest research institutions of the Mediterranean region.

This will be achieved by improving scientific relationships, networking and exchanging of know-how and experience as well as by upgrading the human and technological research capacities in two forest research entities: INRGREF (Tunisia) and ENFI (Morocco).

Objectives

To implement an international coordinated twining action plan to exchange know-how and experience between selected forest research “centres of excellence” in EU’s Member States (EFIMED, INRA, ISA, UNIPD), Turkey (KTU) and two research entities from Tunisia (INRGREF) and Morocco (ENFI). This twinning plan will focus on the topics:

1. Understanding the role of genetic diversity in the adaptive response of forest tree species;

2. Valuing forest goods and services, designing financing mechanisms and income generation strategies to ensure their sustainable provision;

3. Developing participatory tools for optimizing and adapting forest management in a context of multiple-use-landscapes and changes in land-use and climate.

To acquire, renew and upgrade the scientific and technological research equipment of INRGREF and ENFI in relation to the scientific topics stated above.

To adjust the forest research strategies of INRGREF and ENFI.

To organize appropriate dissemination and promotional activities (interaction with different stakeholder groups, etc) to enhance locally and internationally the improved research potential at INRGREF and ENFI.

Total EC contribution: 986.000 euros

Partners:

1 European Forest Institute (EFI, International)
2 Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA, France)
3 University of Padova (UNIPD, Italy)
4 Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA, Portugal)
5 Karadeniz Technical University (KTU, Turkey)
6 Ecole Nationale Forestière d’Ingénieurs (ENFI, Morocco)
7 Institut National de Recherche en Génie Rural, Eaux et Forets (INRGREF, Tunis)



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