Contatto: Marc Palahi (email@example.com)
Abstract: Forest research in the Mediterranean region is currently handicapped by its fragmentation, its limited means, and occasional outdating and isolation. In addition, the low benefits that Mediterranean forests provide to forest-based industries – compared to other European forests – make it difficult to attract interest and funds from the private sector. For this reason, new ways to overcome this situation must be implemented through research partnerships, networking, capacity building, higher education programmes, knowledge transfer and lifelong learning. Such activities should take advantage of existing initiatives like the Forest Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP), the Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute (EFIMED) and the Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda (MFRA) developed jointly by the FTP and EFIMED. Mediterranean forest ecosystems provide multiple goods and services (especially relevant are water-related services, soil protection, and an exceptional richness in terms of biodiversity and unique non-wood forest products like cork, pine kernels, aromatic plants, truffles, mushrooms, etc). These goods and services are crucial to the socio-economic development of the Mediterranean region’s rural areas as well as to the welfare of its urban populations. Advancing scientific knowledge and fostering innovation is essential, then, to ensure the sustainable management of Mediterranean forests and maximise the potential role of their unique goods and services in building a knowledge-based bioeconomy in the region. The countries of the Mediterranean basin, as well as those of other Mediterranean Climate Areas, face similar challenges regarding the sustainability of forest ecosystems and the delivery of crucial goods and services that they provide in a context of rapid global changes. Therefore, it is of crucial importance that these issues be addressed through a strong scientific cooperation between the EU Member States and the MPCs, as well as with countries from other Mediterranean Climate Areas. Reinforcing scientific cooperation on Mediterranean forests through a transnational EU-Mediterranean ERA-NET, which also builds new transcontinental cooperation among Mediterranean Climate Areas (California, Australia, South Africa, Chile), will reduce fragmentation and maximise the impact of research activities on sustainable forest management, including the management of forest resources to mitigate and adapt to climatic threats.
Parole chiave: Mediterranean, Bioeconomy, Scientific cooperation
Citazione: Marc Palahi (2011). Enhancing FOrest RESearch in the MediTERRAnean through improved coordination and integration: FORESTERRA . 8° Congresso Nazionale SISEF, Rende (CS), 04 – 07 Ott 2011, Contributo no. #c8.0.3