Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions-Silva Mediterranea
Over 90 years of Mediterranean forest management
Working groups and ongoing activities
Silva Mediterranea works with the administrations and institutes of its member countries to examine trends in forest and land use in the region, identify priorities for research and implement studies and surveys. Member countries exchange information and technology and share resources and expertise as they work together on selected topics of mutual interest.
The identity and mandate of the working groups of Silva Mediterranea result from the history of the Committee. Some of the working groups were recently established while others are the continuation of thematic research networks that made the core of the activity of Silva Mediterranea before 2002, when Silva Mediterranea was coordinating six research networks. Based on the evaluation of Silva Mediterranea achieved in 1999, the Committee Silva Mediterranea took decision in 2002 at its 18th session in Rome to replace research networks by working groups. Silva Mediterranea currently comprises six working groups:
At the 20th session in 2008 in Sofia, members of the Silva Mediterranea Committee asked each working group to develop a programme of activities for the period 2009 to 2012. These work programmes (except Programme Activity on funding mechanisms) were presented and approved at a special session of Silva Mediterranea, held in Rome in 2009 during the COFO. These work programmes can be downloaded from the home pages of each Working Group in the Silva Mediterranea website.