Advocacy for Mediterranean forests

Silva Mediterranea is committed to improving the advocacy strategy for Mediterranean forests, especially through:

  1. Advocacy on Mediterranean Forests within the Framework of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). In this respect a position paper for the UfM was prepared during the first part of 2010 (Background document and Newsletter - Special issue on Antalya 2010);
  2. Provision of fundraising support to working groups and partners, resorting to European Commission, TCP, bilateral cooperation, Governments, World Bank and Development Banks, institutions such as the GTZ, etc.; 
  3. Organisation of workshops for project proposals preparation and fundraising for work plan 2009 -2012;
  4. Organisation and participation to side events during strategic meetings of partners, such as UNCCD, IUFRO, UNFF, COFO, European Forestry Commission, Near East Forestry Commission, etc.;
  5. Contact with the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development in particular with the subgroup Forestry and the European Bureau for Conservation and Development.

The action of Silva Mediterranea to improve the advocacy strategy for Mediterranean forests will result in the following outcomes:

  1. Position papers as well as recommendations concerning Mediterranean forests are available and the importance of Mediterranean forests is recognised in International Agendas (UfM, UNFF, COFO, UNFCCC, CDB, etc.). A strategy to support these ''positions papers'' in the several fora involved in the Union for the Mediterranean (such as national administrations in charge of agriculture and forestry; European Commission including its European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument (ENPI) and its related members; Blue Plan; General Secretariat of the UfM in Barcelona; Donors Platform in Marseille; etc.) is available by the end of 2010;
  2. Contribution of forest ecosystems to poverty alleviation, socio-economic development of rural areas, food security of local people and the preservation of multiple goods and environmental services, such as water and soil conservation, is taken into account in policies for sustainable rural development in Mediterranean countries;
  3. Several financial instruments (GEF, WB, EU Programs and budgetary lines including European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument, etc.) recognise the importance of Mediterranean forests in their strategic documents, priorities and programmes.

last updated:  Wednesday, September 29, 2010