FORESTERRA: a strategic trans-national programme to improve the integration and coordination of Mediterranean forest research

FORESTERRA - Enhancing FOrest RESearch in the MediTERRAnean through improved coordination and integration

The European Commission, under FP7, is financing an ERA-NET Scheme to reinforce the scientific coordination and integration of Mediterranean programmes in forest research as well as scientific cooperation with countries of the Mediterranean area (including EU and non-EU member states) and with countries from other Mediterranean Climate Areas (Australia, South Africa, Chile, California). 

The aim of FORESTERRA is to foster the coordination of the network participants’ programmes based on four steps, each one contributing on its own to reinforcing the cooperation, and at the same time providing the basis for the design of the next stages:

  • Mapping and information exchange to improve mutual knowledge of existing programmes and capacities as well as for sharing best practices;
  • Defining common strategic activities to reduce the fragmentation of the research community, avoiding overlaps and promoting synergies among existing capacities and identifying scientific areas that require transnational funding;
  • Implementation of joint activities to consolidate partnerships and develop common schemes for programme evaluation, as well as for mutual opening of facilities, laboratories and experimental sites;
  • Calls for joint research projects to maximise the research impact of the network.

In addition to these four steps, a targeted action will focus on “upscaling” them at a global Mediterranean level by exchanging information on existing programmes with other Mediterranean Climate Areas in order to identify common strategic activities and scientific priorities of mutual interest.

The EU contribution is almost 2 million euros, to support the coordination of the scheme. The joint research projects will be financed by voluntary contributions from the participating funding agencies (see list of partners below).

FORESTERRA is coordinated by the Ministry of Science of Spain. EFIMED will act as the secretariat supporting the coordinator, and in addition will be responsible for coordinating the development of the strategic plan.

During the EFIMED annual meeting on 13 June 2012 in Tunis, FORESTERRA activities, in particular the identification of transnational research topics as input for the strategic plan, will be discussed. In the next news item you will find more information on the way such discussions will be organised and how you can actively participate.

Mediterranean forest research organizations will benefit directly from the joint research calls as well as from joint activities for the development of new research partnerships.

  1. Ministry of Science and Innovation - MICINN (Spain)
  2. International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies - CIHEAM (International)
  3. Ministry of Agriculture - MAAPRAT (France)
  4. Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali - MIPAAF (Italy)
  5. Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Southwest Anatolia Forest Research Institute - SAFRI (Turkey)
  6. European Forest Institute - Mediterranean Regional Office - EFIMED (International)
  7. Consiglio per la Ricerca e Sperimentazione in Agricoltura - CRA (Italy)
  8. Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA (France)
  9. Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia - FCT (Portugal)
  10. Institution of Agricultural Research and Higher Education - IRESA (Tunisia)
  11. Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification - HCEFLCD (Morocco)
  12. Executive Forestry Agency - EFA (Bulgaria)
  13. Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food - MAFF (Slovenia)
  14. Ministry of Science, Education and Sports - MZOS (Croatia)
  15. Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change - MEECC (Greece)
  16. Institut National de Recherche Forestière - INRF (Algeria)

More information: marc.palahi(at)efi.int

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