EFIMED Week 2013: Last chance to register!

sant pau art nouveau_360.jpg : 110.81640625KbEFIMED Week 2013 will bring an international audience to Barcelona’s Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site on 4-6 September, with speakers from the Mediterranean basin and from other Mediterranean Climate Areas, including Australia, Chile and the USA.

An exciting programme includes the strategic vision of the EFIMED network, insights into the future of the FORESTERRA ERA-Net, information on the forthcoming Joint Calls and the first international scientific meeting ever dedicated to the complexity science of Mediterranean forests.

Photos: Sarah Adams

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Additionally the inauguration of the new EFI Barcelona offices will be celebrated with a Gala Reception to be held in the beautiful gardens of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Sant Pau.

As ever, EFIMED’s Annual Meeting will offer the chance to hear the latest updates from the Mediterranean forest Network and insights into its future direction. Members will have the opportunity to air their views on key issues, while there will be a strategic networking opportunity in the light of the forthcoming FORESTERRA ERA-Net call. New for 2013 includes a place in the spotlight for EFIMED member organisations taking part in the first ever EFIMED Market Place. The Annual Meeting takes place on Wednesday 4 September and will be opened by the Honorable Conseller Josep María Pelegrí, Director General for the Department of Environment.

The Annual Meeting will also host the FORESTERRA ERA-Net Workshop which will discuss progress and expectations of the project as well as vital information on the forthcoming Joint Call. It will also include presentations from other ERA-Nets and funding perspectives, as well as insights into other Mediterranean Climate Areas by leading scientists from Australia, Chile and California.

The 2013 Scientific Seminar, on Thursday 5 September, will be the first international scientific meeting dedicated to the complexity science of Mediterranean forests, presenting an exciting opportunity to look at innovative solutions for Mediterranean forest management.

goats2_250.jpg : 65.302734375KbDistinguished complexity scientists Ricard Solé (ICREA), Christian Messier (University of Quebec) and Lluis Coll (CTFC) will present the state-of-the-art of this new approach in the morning session with presentations on Ecosystems as complex adaptive systems and Managing the Mediterranean forest for complexity. Also speaking will be Elsa Varela (CTFC), who will discuss Participatory processes to reconcile forests with biodiversity, livestock, and fire, while Chadi Mohanna (Ministry of Agriculture, Lebanon) and Patricia Sfeir (SEEDS-int) will present experiences in Adapting forest policies to climate change in the MENA region.

Photo: Elena Gorriz

The seminar provides a forum for top-level Mediterranean forest researchers and complexity specialists to discuss ideas and develop new perspectives specifically for the Mediterranean context, with an afterpoblet_250.jpg : 49.9638671875Kbnoon workshop which will be dedicated to preparing a perspective paper on Managing the Mediterranean forest as a complex social-ecological system. Posters on this topic will be presented by young scientists.

On Friday 6 September, participants will have the chance to get out into the field to witness firsthand a variety of management techniques being used at the Poblet Natural Site of National Interest in the Prades Mountains of Catalonia.

Photo: Bart Muys

With just over a month to go to EFIMED Week 2013, it’s time to register if you have not already done so!

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