Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions-Silva Mediterranea
Over 90 years of Mediterranean forest management
Meeting of the Bureau of the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions-Silva Mediterranea
On the 15th of July 2019, the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions-Silva Mediterranea came together at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy for its first meeting regarding the seventh Mediterranean Forest Week that will be held in Tunisia on 22-26 March 2021.
Looking back at the achievements of activities proposed during the sixth Mediterranean Forest Week held in Lebanon during April of this year, the Committee also focused on the lessons learned and possible improvements. Amongst the lessons learned and achievements that were mentioned, the Committee remembered the adoption of the Brummana Declaration which highlighted the importance of reinforcing knowledge and experience sharing on forest and landscape restoration approaches; supporting forestry educations programs and incentivize youth participation in forest projects; empowering young entrepreneurs by turning project ideas into viable business in the green economy; mobilizing climate financing; and synergies forest monitoring and reporting systems.
The new President of the Committee, Mr Chadi Mohanna, appointed during the past Mediterranean Forest Week, along with the Secretariat of Silva Mediterranea, Nicolas Picard, invited and presented Mr Salem Trigui – Director General of Forestry at the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries in Tunisia.
The topic of the Seventh Mediterranean Forest Week was greatly inspired by the above-mentioned Brummana Declaration and the role of youth during The Week in Lebanon. Indeed, even though the title of the week has yet to be narrowed down, the Committee is certain that it will gravitate around youth and their role in the creation of green jobs with a more participatory approach in facing challenges revolving around forests. The latter are strongly impacted by cities who are nowadays hosting most of the population of countries, who in turn are inevitably ruling the future of forests based on their decisions.
Youth unemployment rates in 2016 have reached an astonishing 13% according to ILO and this topic is central to the UN 2030 Agenda. Green economy may potentially create 60 million new jobs – simultaneously preserving the environment, increasing climate resilience, all the whilst addressing the youth employment challenge, particularly of those who are between the ages of 15 and 24. The evermore-growing interest of youth in environmental issues can act as a key driver to addressing these pressing matters.
Maria Teresa Di Benedetto, FOA