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.
Dr 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.
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.
Photo: Elena Gorriz
After 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
FORESTERRA: Victoria Sanz, email@example.com; EFIMED: Marc Palahí,
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