Who we are
Its core business is the leading and coordination of networks in the Mediterranean and cooperation projects engineering.
This knowledge exchanges purpose is to help formulate and solve issues encountered in Mediterranean forests management and use through a common thinking process. AIFM contributes to an enhanced consideration of specific issues related to Mediterranean forests in policies, decisions and concrete actions, at international, national, local and individual levels, in the fields of environment, sustainable development and land development planning.
AIFM works with a network of actors from the entire basin and working in various sectors (foresters, academics, environmentalists, elected officials, civil security, etc.), guaranteeing a diversity of approaches. This network stems partly from cooperation projects conducted since 2000: RECOFORME, Problematic, Qualigouv, Forclimadapt, Proforbiomed, Medland 2020 and MEDFORVAL.
Today, together with 14 Euro-Mediterranean partners, AIFM is implementing the Interreg MED INHERIT project which aims to conserve the natural heritage in coastal and maritime tourist destinations in the Mediterranean through protection measures limiting the effects of mass tourism.
AIFM was also a founding member of the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests (CPMF), which brought together around twenty institutions concerned in the coordination of their actions in favour of Mediterranean forests sustainable management, and coordinated by FAO’s Committee on Mediterranean forestry issues – Silva mediterranea.
As such, AIFM has participated in the writing of the State of Mediterranean Forests 2013 and the preparation of the Strategic framework for Mediterranean forests. This framework, taking into account the different Mediterranean forest development issues in nine strategic areas, was developed in a participatory manner through several workshops and was adopted in Tlemcen by the participating Ministers of the Third Mediterranean Forest Week High-level segment.
AIFM is also co-organizer of the Mediterranean Forest Weeks, which first four editions were held in Antalya (Turkey, 2010), Avignon (France, 2011), Tlemcen (Algeria, 2013), Barcelona (Spain, 2015), Agadir (Morocco, 2017), in Brummana (Lebanon, 2019) and the next one will be held in Sousse, Tunisia, from 22 to 26 March 2021.
To finish, for the first time, Mediterranean forests were represented at the XIV World Forestry Congress, held in Durban, South Africa in September 2015. AIFM was charged with the organisation and coordination of a stand at this event, which helped to bring the voice of Mediterranean foresters in the world and present the current actions undertaken all around the Mediterranean Basin.
AIFM presentation leaflet is available here.