"The Fifth Mediteranean Week, held in Agadir, Morocco, culminated on March 24, 2017 with a commitment endorsed by nine countries - Algeria, France, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, and Turkey – and strongly supported by several international organizations - CBD Secretariat, FAO, IUCN, WRI, GPFLR, World Bank, Global Mechanism, Union for the Mediterranean, Plan Bleu, EFIMED, MMFN, CTFC- to improve Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR), Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and biodiversity conservation efforts in the Mediterranean region. This Agadir Commitment proposes to establish a new Regional Mediterranean Initiative on Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) to support the achievement of the Bonn Challenge and Sustainable Development Goal 15 (SDG15). This Regional Mediterranean Initiative also encourages political and administrative authorities at the national level, as well as stakeholders involved in the management of Mediterranean forest ecosystems and other wooded lands, to strengthen their respective Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) efforts in the context of the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 of the United Nations Forum for Forests (UNFF) and in line with the global Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) objectives of the Rio Conventions and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
This Regional Mediterranean Initiative, which aims to restore at least 8 million hectares by 2030, is focused on the four main components:
- Assess the ongoing national efforts on Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR)
- Reinforce regional cooperation on Forest and Landscape Restoration and Land Degradation Neutrality.
- Cooperate, among interested partners, to develop a consensual and diversified strategy for the financing of FLR efforts and reinforce national capacities.
- Assess our respective efforts through the establishment of a voluntary monitoring and notification system for FLR and LDN efforts in the Mediterranean context." (source: www.fao.org)