Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda 2030

Ten years have passed since the formulation of the Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda 2011-2020 (MFRA 2020). The new knowledge generated over the past decade by a vibrant research community has also revealed new questions and uncovered critical knowledge gaps.

Meanwhile, climate and social change are rapidly transforming the underpinnings of the complex social-ecological systems at work in the Mediterranean, challenging the foundations of our research and innovation priorities. Now is the opportune moment to review the achievements we have made in the last 10 years, agree on new shared priorities for research, and translate this research into action. On the precipice of the next decade of work, we can together navigate the uncertain waters of global change.

MFRA 2030 Themes

Preeminent experts and distinguished co-authors in the domains of each of the four MFRA themes have prepared a high-level review of their topic within the Mediterranean context, highlighting critical gaps and laying the groundwork for fruitful future research supported by the MFRA 2030.

These papers have been internally peer-reviewed and they are published here in the form of scientific working papers for broader discussion.

Theme AConservation and management of biodiversity and forest genetic resources

Bruno Fady, French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE)

François Lefèvre, French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE)

Theme BForest resilience in a context of global change related forest disturbances

Josep Peñuelas, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Jordi Sardans, Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF)

Theme C: Forest management addressing trade-offs and synergies between multiple ecosystem services

Susanna Nocentini, University of Florence

Davide Travaglini, University of Florence

Bart Muys, KU Leuven

Theme DSocial and business innovations and policy instruments to implement the Mediterranean forest-based bio-economy

Laura Secco, University of Padova.

With Elena Pisani, Elena Górriz-Mifsud, Mauro Masiero, Paola Gatto and Davide Pettenella


MFRA 2030: a quick glance

In order to elaborate on the MFRA 2030, it has been essential to understand the state-of-the-art scientific literature dealing with the many dimensions, challenges, and opportunities of Mediterranean forests, and what are the central priorities for future scientific research.

The overarching aims of the MFRA 2030 process are the following:

  1. Reflect on the most relevant advances made by the Mediterranean forest research community, with special attention to the priorities set in the MFRA 2020
  2. Identify the most relevant common challenges that Mediterranean forests –understood as social-ecological systems– will be facing in the next decade, and
  3. Develop a common set of themes and strategic research priorities.

Co-creating the MFRA 2030

Creating the MFRA 2030 has been a collective effort, open to the participation of researchers, policymakers, stakeholders, and other experts from across the EFIMED network, and the Mediterranean forest-related community at large. We sought and still seeking contributions from and about Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as from other Mediterranean climate areas. The final objective of this collective effort is to foster transnational research cooperation, mobilising research funds towards the agreed priorities.