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. The new scientific capacities supported policymaking and forest management in the face of rapidly changing climatic and land-use conditions in the Mediterranean area. Capacities were improved through grants, workshops, equipment and new research strategies for North Africa.
The scientific capacities focused on selected topics, which were selected on the basis of their intrinsic scientific importance, but also of their significance for policy decision-making:
- Understanding the role of genetic diversity in the adaptive response of forest tree species
- Valuing forest goods and services, designing financing mechanisms and income generation strategies to ensure their sustainable provision
- Developing participatory tools for optimizing and adapting forest management in a context of multiple-use-landscapes and changes in land-use and climate
EFI coordinated the project and was responsible for overall coordination of the project, dissemination of project results and interaction with the stakeholders.
EFI Policy Brief 8 summarizes the lessons learned during the project, and provides recommendations for future policy development.
AGORA project was funded by the European Commission. 7th Framework programme. Capacities. Grant agreement Nr. 245482