Projects

EFIMED supports projects that promote research, provide science-based information on forests and forestry in the Mediterranean, and foster scientific capacity building in forest-related activities. The projects cover a broad scope of topics, including ecosystem services, non-wood forest products, forestry sector business innovations and geoinformation technology. 

Read more about EFIMED’s ongoing projects below or visit the project bank to access publications and outputs developed through completed projects. 

Current Projects

'Innovation Networks of Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin’ (INCREDIBLE) addresses the gap between existing research and innovation knowledge on service systems for non-wood forest products in the Mediterranean.

INCREDIBLE forges knowledge links and fosters collaboration through the development of Innovative Networks (iNets) among stakeholders involved in the production of cork, resins, mushrooms and truffles, nuts and berries, and aromatic and medicinal plants.

https://www.incredibleforest.net/

 

MEDfOR is a two-year, world-class International Msc Programme that focuses on the integrating theme of sustainability in Mediterranean forests and woodlands.

The MEDfOR Msc Programme brings together the best expertise, human resources and facilities to educate the next generation of leaders in forestry, natural resources, and public and private land management throughout the Mediterranean region. 

http://www.medfor.eu/about 

 

MySustainableForest provides Earth Observation (EO) geo-information products across the wood sector to support the production chain from sustainable forest management procedures to wood quality entering sawmills, pulp mills or other wood transforming industries.

MySustainableForest translates and synthesises satellite, Lidar, meteorological and in-situ data, together with customised forestry models, to create site-specific products that support forest users’ decision-making. 

https://mysustainableforest.com/

 

Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) seeks to advance understanding of social innovation and innovative governance in agriculture, forestry and rural development in marginalised rural areas. 

SIMRA develops new patterns of cooperation, co-construction and collaborative learning through novel approaches and shared knowledge, in order to bridge the research-policy-practice gap.

http://www.simra-h2020.eu

 

Spurring INnovations for forest eCosystem sERvices in Europe (SINCERE) advances innovative mechanisms, including novel policies and business models, which support the provision of Forest Ecosystem Services across Europe and beyond. 

Innovations developed through SINCERE explore new means to enhance such services in ways that benefit forest owners as well as serving broad societal needs.

https://sincereforests.eu

 

SustForestPlus logo

SustForest Plus is an initiative supported by the major players in the value chain of natural resin in southwestern Europe to boost economic activity in the sector and elevate natural resin as a sustainable social, economic, and environmental resource. 

The project focuses on three main objectives: meeting demand in the natural resins industry; generating stable and quality employment; and comercially and technologically valuing natural resin.

https://www.sust-forest.eu 

Valorising European Research for Innovation in Agriculture and Forestry (VALERIE) bridges the gap between scientific results and implementing scientific knowledge by improving the accessibility and availability of new knowledge for innovation in agriculture and forestry. 

The project focuses on six central themes ranging from crop, soil, and pest management; to integrated supply chain management; to biomass and food waste; and ecosystem services. 

http://www.valerie.eu

 

Completed Projects

AGORA

The aim of AGORA was to improve existing and develop new forest Research, Technology and Development (RTD) capacities in key forest scientific areas in Morocco and Tunisia.

BEWATER

BEWATER helped to find sustainable and inclusive solutions to key challenges facing European society, to incorporate Science in Society issues into research and innovation systems and to improve transnational cooperation through four pilot projects in Mediterranean river basins

CREEA

The CREEA project sought to elaborate economic and environmental accounting principles in the priority areas of waste and resources, water, forest and climate change, and to test them in practical data collection to showcase the relevance of this practical application to policy makers and other stakeholders.

eFIRECOM

eFIRECOM aimed at enhancing the resilience of citizens to wildfires in interface areas from the Mediterranean region through effectively promoting and increasing awareness and participation on the culture of risk, utilising updated knowledge and best practices.

FORESTERRA

FORESTERRA reinforced the scientific coordination and integration of Mediterranean programmes in forest research, enhanced scientific cooperation in the EU and non-EU member countries of the Mediterranean area and with countries from other Mediterranean Climate Areas (Australia, South Africa, Chile, USA).

FORVALUE

The FORVALUE project produced an overview of all goods and services provided from and by forests in EU, to identify non-market goods and services and to examine the classification of non-marketed goods and services, as well as their valuation and marketing. This data supported conclusions and recommendations for the development and practical application of mechanisms compensating for provision of non-market forest goods and services in the EU.

MASIFF

The main objective of the MASIFF project was to develop and implement a methodology for the assessment of socio-economic impact of forest fires in Europe and to estimate the economic efficiency of fire management.

NewFOREX

NEWFOREX project developed new methodologies for valuing and marketing currently non-marketable forest functions, goods and services by identifying the beneficiaries, assessing the cost of provision of externalities and providing key policy recommendations through six case studies covering key externalities: carbon sequestration, biodiversity protection, watershed services and recreation.

Star Tree

The StarTree project aimed to demonstrate how multi-purpose trees and non-wood forest products can be used to strengthen and diversify economic activities in rural areas. StarTree relied on strong stakeholder engagement through in-depth case studies across Europe, and brought together key research organisations and specialised SMEs working in targeted areas.

SylvaMED

The SylvaMED project aimed at improving the policy frameworks in view of combining forest management in private and public lands with the provision of relevant environmental services to society. The project constituted an attempt to respond to the challenge of the supply and financing of environmental services, considering their costs and benefits. 

Tip Tree

The project sought to identify tipping points in the demographic and micro-evolutionary dynamics of tree populations by assessing how human actions interfere in the adjustment between the rate of evolution and the velocity of global change.

Waves

Waves was a World Bank-facilitated global partnership to promote sustainable development by mainstreaming Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) in countries’ development planning and national accounting systems.