AGORA : A new leaf in Euro-Med forest research

Results of the AGORA project are featured in "Results in Brief" which appears on the CORDIS, website, the European Community Research and Development Information Service. They may also later be selected for publication in the printed monthly research*eu results magazine which features highlights from the most exciting EU-funded research and development projects. 

field trip_ FEZ 2011_250.jpg : 49.9482421875KbThe 42-month AGORA project, Advancing Mediterranean Forest Research Capacities, will end in June 2013. The project aims to enhance scientific cooperation, networking and targeted capacity-building between forest research centres across the European Union and those in the Mediterranean region. Twinning and capacity building visits have been exchanged between forest research institutions in Tunisia (INRGREF) and Morocco (ENFI) with hosts from INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) of France, ISA (Instituto Superior de Agronomia) of Portugal, the University of Padova (Italy), Karadeniz Technical University (Turkey) and the European Forest Institute (EFI).

beneficiaries lecture_Fez 2011_250.jpg : 50.5263671875KbIn the opening address to the AGORA Final Conference last year, Dr Marc Palahí of EFI affirmed that “AGORA shows the added value of international cooperation”, a sentiment echoed by the European Commission (EC) when it chose AGORA as one of its success stories. “The long-term impact of the project will be coordinated forest research partnerships between centres of excellence in the Mediterranean and beyond, resulting in improved scientific relationships, networking and the exchange of know-how and experience.” 

Based on the success of AGORA, the EC already approved a follow-up programme, Foresterra (Enhancing forest research in the Mediterranean through improved coordination and integration), an ERA-net programme which will launch a call for trans-national research on strategic themes for the Mediterranean in 2014. The strategic research themes will be presented at the Foresterra event as part of EFIMED Week 2013.

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AGORA was funded under the Seventh Framework Programme’s (FP7) Research Potential Programme which promotes cooperation between the EU and its Mediterranean partner countries in the area of forest research. has once again been featured by the European Commission (EC) on its publications website, following its selection as an EC success story last year.

More information: Marc Palahí, marc.palahí (at) efi.int

Photos: Elena Gorriz

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