Forests, cornerstone of the EU economy (42% of EU land) and source of multiple social and environmental benefits, need to be managed according to the sustainability principles stated in the EU Forest Strategy. However, forest and wood managers often lack accurate / up-to-date data to support the full wood production cycle coherently.
Mediterranean forests play a pivotal role for local economies by providing a large array of ecosystem services and goods.
The Mediterranean Basin, a region with a unique ecological landscape and deeply rooted social characteristics, has untapped potential to contribute to the forest sector’s leading role in the global bioeconomy.
EFIMED supports projects that promote research, provide science-based information on forests and forestry in the Mediterranean, and foster scientific capacity building in forest-related activities. The projects cover a broad scope of topics, including ecosystem services, non-wood forest products, forestry sector business innovations and geoinformation technology.
Read more about EFIMED’s ongoing projects below or visit the project bank to access publications and outputs developed through completed projects.
The EFIMED Network includes forest researchers, practitioners, policy makers and entrepreneurs from across the Mediterranean who wish to connect, collaborate, and exchange knowledge. Coordination of the Network is a core element of EFIMED’s mission to strengthen the bridge between science, policy, and practice in Mediterranean forestry.
Social innovation (SI) encompasses the new forms of interrelating which aim at solving shared problems and achieve common goals through strengthened collaboration. This social structure is especially relevant in rural areas to overcome provisioning, commercial or environmental challenges i.a. Consumer-producer networks, associations, or cooperatives exemplify some SI.
The aim of NEWFOREX project was to develop new methodologies for valuing and marketing currently non-marketable forest functions, goods and services, identifying the beneficiaries, assessing the cost of provision of externalities and providing policy recommendations. These took place in five EU case studies and one developing country case study, covering key externalities: carbon sequestration, biodiversity protection, watershed services and recreation.
The main objectives of the project were the following:
SylvaMED was an international project under the MED Programme of the European Commission, coordinated by the Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia (CTFC) and involving six partners from different Mediterranean countries: Slovenia, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon (France), Reggio Liguria (Italy), Crete (Greece), Catalonia (Spain).
Tip Tree - Scenarios for forest biodiversity dynamics under global change in Europe: identifying micro-evolutionary scale tipping points
The project aims to identify tipping points in the demographic and micro-evolutionary dynamics of tree populations. It will assess how human actions interfere in the adjustment between the rate of evolution and the velocity of global change.