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    The International Association for Mediterranean Forests

    The International Association for Mediterranean Forests (AIFM), founded in 1996, has for purpose to facilitate knowledge, experiences and ideas exchange on Mediterranean forest landscapes with a cross-field, multidisciplinary and international approach.

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    The International Association for Mediterranean Forests

    The International Association for Mediterranean Forests (AIFM), founded in 1996, has for purpose to facilitate knowledge, experiences and ideas exchange on Mediterranean forest landscapes with a cross-field, multidisciplinary and international approach.

    © Marine Lovero

The Mediterranean Biodiversity Consortium is launched!

The Mediterranean, which represents less than 1% of the world's ocean surface, and its region, which represents no more than 2% of the world's wooded area, is at the heart of urgent environmental challenges. It is a true biodiversity hotspot with the highest rate of endemism in the world: it has more than 30,000 species of plants and vertebrates, with an endemism rate of over 40% for plants, reptiles, amphibians and freshwater fish.

 
Although the region is rich and diverse in terms of culture, heritage, biodiversity and economic activities, it remains fragile.
 
To face these challenges and to protect biodiversity in the Mediterranean basin more effectively, six conservation organisations have joined forces, namely the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet), the Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas Network (MedPAN), the Mediterranean Small Islands Initiative (MSI), the Tour du Valat, the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and the International Association of Mediterranean Forests (IAMF), with the support of the Conservatoire du Littoral. 
 
 
 
 
On Friday 12 March 2021, they signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a Mediterranean Biodiversity Consortium.
The Consortium shares the conviction that combining the strengths and skills of its members will lead to the emergence of concrete solutions to make the Mediterranean basin more resilient in the face of the challenges of the 21st century, a resilience that will be achieved by combating the loss of biodiversity.
 
The objectives are multiple: 
  • To protect and restore Mediterranean biodiversity as effectively as possible by relying on Nature-based solutions;
  • To inspire the actors of a territory to launch similar approaches, adapted to the local context;
  • or to contribute to a greater awareness of the importance of acting for biodiversity in the Mediterranean.
 
For more information, download the press kit (only available in French) and the press release.