Silva Mediterranea

Over 90 years of Mediterranean forest management

The Brummana Declaration

The role of Mediterranean forests to fulfill the Nationally Determined Contributions

From 1-5 April 2019, the Sixth Mediterranean Forest Week took place in Lebanon and issues such as climate change mitigation and adaptation in the Mediterranean and the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of Mediterranean countries within the Paris Agreement. Throughout this week, the Brummana Declaration was adopted and was meant to serve as a framework for discussing the importance of sustainable forest management and the forest and landscape restoration to address climate change issues in the Mediterranean. Indeed, consistent with Silva Mediterranea's strategies, the Declaration combines the commitments of the Agadir Commitment with the NDCs under the Paris Agreement.

On the 18th of April, the Declaration was approved furthering the discussion as above mentioned and highlighting the importance of:

  1. reinforcing knowledge and experience sharing on forest and landscape restoration approaches;
  2. supporting forestry educations programs and incentivize youth participation in forest projects;
  3. empowering young entrepreneurs by turning project ideas into viable business in the green economy;
  4. mobilizing climate financing;
  5. and synergies forest monitoring and reporting systems.

Building on the foundation of existing international agreements, frameworks, and country commitments, the Declaration calls for action from local, national, and international political and administrative authorities, and encourages the engagement of all stakeholders involved in the management of forest ecosystems. In this way, actors at all levels can work towards addressing the environmental, economic and social challenges faced by Mediterranean countries for a sustainable future, with Mediterranean forests fulfilling the potential they have to contribute to this goal.  

Click here to download the Brummana Declaration.

last updated:  Monday, June 17, 2019