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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

Who we are

The International Association for Mediterranean Forests (AIFM) is an international and interdisciplinary non-governmental organization founded in 1996, dedicated to knowledge, sustainable management and protection of Mediterranean forest ecosystems. It set as its goal to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences on forests and other wooded lands of the Mediterranean basin.

Its core business is the leading and coordination of networks in the Mediterranean, participation in the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests (CPMF) 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 (Interreg, MEDOCC, MED programes): RECOFORME, Problematic, Qualigouv, Forclimadapt, Proforbiomed, Medland 2020.

This network is put to use since March 2015 to develop a network of forested areas of high ecological value, the MEDFORVAL network, through a project funded by MAVA Foundation for Nature. This project aims to help practitioners and policy makers from different sectors of the Mediterranean basin to collaborate in concrete measures to protect, manage or restore ecological values in forested areas, through networking.

AIFM is a also a founding member of the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests (CPMF), which gathers 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. In this partnership, AIFM represents civil society, among the institutional and research partners.
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) and Barcelona (Spain, 2015). The next one will be held in Agadir (Morocco) in 2017.
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.