Why a Mediterranean Forest Week?

Mediterranean forest ecosystems provide multiple goods and services including an exceptional richness in terms of biodiversity, which are crucial for the socio-economic development of rural areas as well as for the welfare of the urban populations of the Mediterranean region. Several challenges have emerged in a context of global change that need to be addressed by managers and policy-makers to ensure the sustainability of Mediterranean forests:

• How to adapt Mediterranean forests and forestry to climate and land use changes?
• Which policies and economic instruments need to be implemented to ensure the provision of valuable forest goods and services?
• How to manage multifunctional forests within complex multiple-use landscapes?

Meeting these challenges requires both sound science-based information and a fluent, transparent and interactive science-policy dialogue.

In this context, new ways to improve the science-policy dialogue must be implemented through science-policy networking, targeted capacity building and specific communication products  such as publications, events and other meetings.

EFIMED, Silva Mediterranea (FAO), and several organisations aiming to promote forest cooperation in the Mediterranean Region (AIFM, Plan Bleu, ARCMED, Mediterranean Forest Model Network) along with the Member states of Silva Mediterranea wish to provide a platform of a Mediterranean Forest Week where the scientific community, policy-makers and other stakeholders meet to discuss Pan-Mediterranean forestry challenges and agree on joint initiatives and projects to address emerging needs in an efficient manner.

The first such week is going to be organised in Antalya (Turkey) hosted by the South-West Forest Antalyan Institute (SAFRI).

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