EFIMED week 2012 – celebrating 5 years of research networking
Forest researchers, ministry’s representatives and practitioners from across the globe converged on Tunis, Tunisia’s ancient capital of minarets and monuments, for EFIMED week 2012. 147 participants from 17 countries attended the 3-day event held from 12-14 June at the Golden Tulip El Mechtel including overseas guests from Australia and USA.
Photo: Sarah Adams
The event incorporated the final conference of the European
Commission (EC)-funded AGORA project, EFIMED’s Annual Meeting, strategic
discussion on the FORESTERRA project and the EFIMED Scientific Seminar ‘Women Making a Difference: Women in science
and innovation working towards sustainable natural resources management and
governance in the Mediterranean region’.
The strategic value of collaboration and networking for
improved forest research and policy development was clearly in evidence over
the course of the conference and a fitting celebration of EFIMED’s five years
of research networking.
Certainly EFIMED has come a long way since its inception,
borne about by a need to address the fragmented forest research framework in the
light of increasingly complex problems for Mediterranean forests due to
climate, land-use and socio-economic change.
To this end, the last five years have seen networking events
and collaboration throughout the Mediterranean basin, international
publications, the initiation of an International Masters Programme, the Erasmus Mundus Masters Course MEDFORand
the creation of various international projects to catalyse innovative
approaches, coordinate research, build
capacity and to enhance cooperation with
other Mediterranean climate areas and disciplines.
Through establishing a Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda,
Mediterranean forest researchers have come together to commit to fostering
innovation, to the circulation of knowledge and to nurturing an
interdisciplinary dialogue where the interdependence of understanding, managing
and governing the relationship between forest ecosystems, forest goods and
services and forest management and policies is seen to be intrinsic and vital.
EFIMED week 2012 was a synthesis of these ideas and actions
with a young generation of foresters from North Africa and across Europe
integrating and innovating with senior researchers and policy-makers and joined
by leading professors from Australia and the USA, who shared insights into
their own Mediterranean climate areas.
Photo: Sarah Adams
If developments over
the last 5 years can be viewed as an indicator for future progress,
expectations are high for when we look back over a decade of Mediterranean
forest research networking.
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