INFORMED Project Awarded FORESTERRA Funding
The INFORMED project, coordinated by the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Avignon, France, has been awarded funding in the first FORESTERRA joint call, launched last November.
INFORMED, “INtegrated research on FOrest Resilience and Management in the mEDiterranean”, coordinated by François Lefèvre of INRA, is a three-year project which will begin in the next few months. The project will foster knowledge about the response of Mediterranean forests to global change, developing management tools to take into account the role and dynamics of forest biodiversity, especially at different ecological levels.
The FORESTERRA Transnational Joint Call was launched in November 2013 after a lengthy consultation process involving twelve partner countries, using the framework provided by the Forest Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) and in consultation with the EFIMED network. As a result, two thematic research areas were defined:
a) Fostering forest system resilience through managing biodiversity, from genes to communities (Biodiversity)
b) Understanding global change drivers, impacts & indicators on forest ecosystems: a Mediterranean‐scale approach (Global Change)
Ten countries collaborated in the provision of funds for the first Joint Call. Four pre-proposals were received and two projects were asked to submit full proposal to be evaluated by the Scientific Advisory Board and the Call Steering Committee. The INFORMED project was awarded funding for its application under the Biodiversity thematic research area.
The FORESTERRA International Project "Enhancing FOrest RESearch in the MediTERRAnean through improved coordination and integration", is part of the European Commission’s ERA-NET initiative. FORESTERRA aims to reinforce the scientific coordination and integration of Mediterranean forest research programmes as well as scientific cooperation with Mediterranean-area countries (including EU and non-EU member states) and with countries from other Mediterranean Climate Areas (MCA) in this case, Australia, South Africa, Chile and California.
Photos: Almudena Albertos
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