European Forest Institute
EFI is a scientific intergovernmental organisation composed of 29 European Member States. EFI conducts research and provides policy support on issues related to forests revolving around three interconnected themes: governance, bioeconomy and resilience. It facilitates and stimulates forest related networking and promotes the dissemination of unbiased and policy-relevant information on forests and forestry. EFI also advocates for forest research and for the use of scientifically sound information as a basis for forest policies.
The CIHEAM and EFI established scientific collaboration on policy-relevant questions in the fields of forestry and agriculture
This collaboration is based on the awareness that long term sustainable development in the Mediterranean region depends in great measure on the appropriate governance, resilience and sustainable management of natural resources; and that requires a landscape-level approach integrating forestry and agriculture as basis for Mediterranean bioeconomy.
EFI and CIHEAM covering together research and capacity building aspects from all types of Mediterranean landscapes and biological resources are in a position to make joint significant contributions to the development of new information, knowledge, policies and practices in the field of the bioeconomy, biodiversity and land-use sector climate change mitigation and adaptation. Such significant joint contribution aims at to supporting together sustainable development in the Mediterranean.
The collaboration between EFI and CIHEAM with regard to shared research and capacity building goals focuses in the following areas:
- Integrated Mediterranean landscape management and ecosystem restoration as basis for developing a specific Mediterranean Bioeconomy while enhancing the provision of Ecosystem Services, in particular biodiversity.
- The role of Mediterranean agro-silvo-pastoral systems to enhance landscape socio-ecological resilience while advancing the bioeconomy.
- Urban forest-based solutions and urban farming as means to rethink cities in the Mediterranean and ensure they are climate-smart.
Projects conducted in partnership with the EFI: