International Association for Mediterranean Forests

Project Teaser

Creating a collaboration platform between practitioners and decision-makers focused on the protection, management and restoration of forest sites of high ecological value in the Mediterranean Basin.

The network (currently) includes nearly 20 sites in 12 different countries of the Mediterranean basin, covering different ecosystems, land uses and environmental conditions and seeks to facilitate the exchange of know-how and the development of projects and actions in this region.

Key Figures

Project Results

20 sites in 12 countries are part of the network

Vegetation type

Endemic and native Mediterranean forest, woodland and scrub species

Climate conditions

Dry summers and mild, moist winters, varying from coastal to inland conditions

Funding Sources

Funding Government
10%
Funding Internal
0%
Funding Religious groups
0%
Funding International Aid
0%
Funding Private Sponsoring
90%
Funding Inhabitants
0%

Contacts

Organisation
International Association for Mediterranean Forests
Organisation contact
Marine Lovero
Phone
+33 4 91 90 76 70
Contact E-mail
contact@aifm.org
Address
14, rue Louis Astouin
Postal code
13002
Place
Marseille
Country
France

Description

The project MEDFORVAL, “Network of forested areas of High ecological value” is being developed and managed by the International Association for Mediterranean Forests (AIFM).

The aim of this project is to create a collaboration and network platform between practitioners and decision-makers, focused on concrete actions to protect, manage or restore Mediterranean forest sites of high ecological value. The network (currently) includes nearly 20 sites in 12 different countries of the Mediterranean basin, covering different ecosystems, land uses and environmental conditions. To facilitate the exchange of know-how and the development of projects and actions, these are clustered in four types of forest and woodland sites: High Mountain Conifer Forests, Mountain Mixed Deciduous Forests, Lowland Dry Evergreen Forests, and Freshwater Forests.

The high ecological value of some Mediterranean forest and wooded areas results from the interaction between many natural and human factors, following a very complex dynamic that has been ongoing since Neolithic times. Human intervention via the traditional agro-forestry-pastoral uses included grazing from many livestock species (sheep, goats, cattle, pigs), tillage of soil and mixed cultivation schemes for variable periods, voluntary fires, and the exploitation (or even overexploitation) of wood and non-wood products. This interaction has resulted in very diverse and resilient ecosystems, which make extraordinary “biological comebacks” when human pressure is reduced. With the abandonment of traditional land use systems and shift towards intensive agriculture and permanent urban expansion, coupled with climate change effects, this dynamic has changed negatively. Identifying sites of high ecological value, where the natural and human effects come together, to monitor their evolution and promote their protection is therefore important.
 
The AIFM is an international and interdisciplinary non-governmental organization founded in 1996, headquartered in France and with members and activities throughout the Mediterranean basin. It is dedicated to the coordination of networks, development of projects, active promotion of knowledge, sustainable management and protection of Mediterranean forest ecosystems.

Partnerships & Collaborations

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Sustinova is a non-profit organisation based in Zurich, Switzerland, and devoted to promoting Sustainability in the NGO area.

As a partner, Sustinova provides operational support to Reforestation World in its public activities.

ETH Zurich - Chair of Ecosystem Management

The Chair of Ecosystem management at the ETH Zürich is organising the Latsis Symposium ETH 2018 “Scaling-up forest Restoration”, on June 6-7 & 9.

Reforestation World is assisting with the link to NGOs, practitioners and others stakeholders in the field of forest restoration.