MEDForum 2015 - Demonstrating the implementation capacity of Model Forests: focus on adaptation based on ecosystems
The edition of the Forum of Mediterranean Forest Network model this year was held in FP7 Eco-adapt project "Strategies and innovations based on ecosystems in governance networks for adaptation to climate change in landscapes Latin America" and took place in Palencia (Castilla y León, Spain) from 13 to 16 October 2015.
The event organizers are the partners of the project Eco-adapt, and the Foundation CESEFOR acting in his quality dual partner Eco-adapt project and MMFN Secretariat, the regional government of Castile and Leon and the Institute of search "Gestión Forestal Sostenible".
The Conference consisted of technical sessions of the General Assembly MMFN, a field trip and final conference of the project Eco-adapt.
Fruitful discussions were held in various sessions such as "Europe - Latin American cooperation", "Contribution to the COP21 of the UNFCCC" and "policy recommendations of the Eco-adapt project."
For the record, the Mediterranean Model Forest Network (MMFN) was officially launched in 2008 as a subset of the International Model Forest Network (IMFN). It currently comprises the regions and countries from all sides of the Mediterranean: Urbión (Castilla y Leon, Spain); Bucak and Yalova (Turkey); Ifrane (Morocco); Tlemcen (Algeria); Florentine Mountains (Tuscany, Italy), basin of the Mirna River (Croatia) and Provence (France).
In Latin America, there are 27 Model Forests and some of their representatives were present at MedForum: Forest Araucarias model Alto Maleco (Chille), Formosa (Argentina), Chiquitano (Bolivia), Risaralda (Colombia) who can share their rich experiences working with local communities while European model forests can offer technologies and success stories in applied research and the implementation of European projects.
At the MMFN Meeting, an annual report presented a large increase in the number of territories involved in the Model Forest concept through the Adriatic Model Forest Project in Southeast Europe (2012-2015). Around the MMFN, the number of forest certified models in the last two years has increased significantly. The Forum this year brings forest certification models Tlemcen, Bucak and basin of the Mirna River.
A final agreement protocol was approved by the Assembly with the renewal of the new category of members - supporting members. Institutions, companies, associations and other organizations that do not have authority over the forest lands or their management may also join the network.
After MEDForum, the Network has entered the second MMFN consolidation phase after a successful first phase of introduction (2009-2014).
The reflections and discussions MedForum and a final conference of Eco-Adapt project will stimulate the implementation of effective governance and management of natural resources, both in the Mediterranean and Latin America.
With all similar organizations, the MMFN has provided maximum opportunity to generate new prospects and foster opportunities for networking and future collaboration.
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