New marketing techniques and Payments for Environmental Services are discussed in Fez
The AGORA project’s main objective is to develop capacity in forest research in strategic areas in Morocco and Tunisia. A key action for this purpose is young, promising scientists sharing knowledge with experts via participative workshops. The Fez (Morocco) workshop, part of the strategic area “Economic tools and policies for sustainable forest goods and services”, created a Mediterranean platform for young researchers in the fields of forest economics, policy and governance to exchange experiences.
This international workshop, which took place from 12-15 September, discussed “New economic approaches in forest goods and services marketing”. Topics presented included the scientific background of market-based mechanisms, exploring the potential for their implementation and analysing existing experiences in the Mediterranean environment. Participants were also introduced to social network analysis and its relevance for marketing mix development. Studies carried out in Southern African and Latin American countries with NTFP (Non-Timber Forest Products) markets were discussed, and crucial questions raised regarding their realization in North African realities.
The young researchers also presented their current work, gaining suggestions, constructive comments and new insights from senior scientists regarding further development. Interactive participation and informal contacts stimulated the interaction of young and senior researchers from INRGREF and ENFI with scientists from the Balkan countries, Turkey, Romania, Slovenia, UK, Italy and Spain. A representative of the Ministry of Agriculture of Morocco and a technician from the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ) also participated in the workshop.
The workshop finished with a field visit to the Middle Atlas region of Ifrane, where interesting initiatives such as the Model Forest and payments to shepherds for forest regeneration are being developed.
The workshop was organized by the University of Padova (Italy) and ENFI (National School of Forest Engineers of Morocco), with the collaboration of EFIMED and INRGREF (National Research Institute of Rural Engineering, Water and Forests of Tunisia). It follows on from a workshop held in Hamammet (Tunisia) in 2010, further deepening knowledge-sharing in different, related topics in forest economics.
AGORA beneficiaries will present their work at the forthcoming AGORA Final Conference in Tunisia. The AGORA project’s mid-term results are available on the website.
Further information: Elena Gorriz (elena.gorriz(at)efi.int)
AGORA project is funded by the European Commission – FP7 Capacities.
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