A Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda (MFRA) 2010-2020

  • May 05, 2015
Since the beginning of the 1990s, forests and forestry have become key topics on the international political agenda as demonstrated by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio in 1992 and the Ministerial Conferences on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE), which started in Strasbourg in 1991. Since then, international conferences and political processes have constantly emphasised the need to preserve and conserve boreal, temperate and tropical forest ecosystems. However, it has to be recognised that apart from the FAO initiative of drawing up a Mediterranean forests action programme (approved at the March 1992 session of Silva Mediterranea in Faro, Portugal), little attention has been paid to Mediterranean forests at the international level, apart from the recurrent issue of forest fires. No comprehensive, joint international research agenda has been developed to simultaneously address the economic, ecological, and social challenges of sustainable Mediterranean forest management

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