EFIMED Annual Meeting - Towards a Mediterranean forest research area

Almost 100 participants attended the event which was opened by the President of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Higher Education (IRESA), Dr Habib Amamou.

AM_NL1.jpg : 243.802734375KbDr Rocío Lansac from the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain introduced the FORESTERRA ERA-NET project to enhance forest research in the Mediterranean through improved coordination and integration. ERA Nets are instruments to coordinate research programmes in the European Research Area (ERA) and beyond and will involve the systematic exchange of information and best practice, the definition, preparation and implementation of joint activities leading to the funding of transnational research.

Photo: Sarah Adams

Participants in FORESTERRA include 8 EU countries with Turkey, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.  With a budget of 2 million euros over three years, expected impacts include better coordination and integration of forest research in the Mediterranean region, advancement and integration of scientific knowledge, improved partnerships and networking and the establishing of trans-continental scientific partnerships.

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Following the successful call for ideas for the FORESTERRA ERA-NET project earlier this year, strategic cross-cutting themes for transnational forest research were discussed in four parallel working groups on Global change, Biodiversity, Water and Multipurpose landscapes.  During the next weeks EFIMED Advisory Group will elaborate the research background, scope, objectives, impacts (of research) for the four cross-cutting themes based on the group discussions. These will form the basis of the FORESTERRA Scientific plan, leading to a call for research in 2013.

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sidi bou said_nl.jpg : 244.9619140625KbAfter a day of fruitful discussion and networking, the EFIMED week Gala Dinner was held in Sidi Bou Said, a UNESCO world heritage site of blue-shuttered, whitewashed houses on a steep cobbled hill overlooking the Gulf of Tunis with the Cap Bon peninsula mountains beyond.  Participants enjoyed stunning views and fine dining at the Dar Zarrouk restaurant after meandering through the streets of the old town.

EFIMED’s next Annual Meeting will be held in Barcelona (Spain) in 2013 in celebration of the inauguration of EFIMED’s new offices at the historic pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau.  EFIMED’s new office will be located in the Sant Leopold Pavilion, where work is expected to be complete in early 2013, and will form part of a centre of excellence in the fields of environment, forests and climate change.

Photo: Sarah Adams

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More information FORESTERRA: Victoria Sanz, name.surname@efi.int; EFIMED: Marc Palahí, name.surname@efi.int

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