Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests
A Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests has been launched in 2010. On September 29th the formal agreement of the Partnership was signed in Istanbul by eight institutions (FAO, GTZ, MAAP, AIFM, ONF-I, MMFN, WWF MedPO and Plan Bleu). EFIMED signed the Partnership on October 7th, during the COFO 2010 at the FAO headquarters in Rome. IUCN-Med is expected to sign in November 2010 during its members' annual meeting in Malaga and on the occasion of its 10th anniversary of foundation. By the end of November 2010 also the AFD/FFEM is expected to sign the Partnership. The Parties of this Collaborative Partnershipintend to jointly strengthen the capacity of member countries of Silva Mediterranea (Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions), and of the Silva Mediterranea secretariat in order to accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Forest Management and the protection of forest-based ecosystem services under climate change conditions in the Southern Mediterranean region, namely in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. In particular, the partnership addresses the four interlinked key problems, which were identified at the workshop organised by the GTZ and the FAO in July 2009 in Rabat, namely:
On the basis of the individual commitments and contributions of each partner, an annual operational plan for the Collaborative Partnership for Mediterranean Forests will be elaborated, starting with the year 2011. The first operational plan in 2011 will take into consideration the results and recommendations of the Istanbul workshop of September 2010. During this workshop a Steering Committee was established. It will meet once a year to approve the annual operational plan, to follow up the impact of the joint programme and to discuss adjustments and additional measures necessary for a successful implementation of the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests. The conclusions and recommendations of the Steering Committee shall be presented for consideration to the Enlarged Executive Committee (EEC) of Silva Mediterranea Committee to ensure coherence with the Silva Mediterranea Committee’s programme of work and its relevant working groups. The first meeting of the Steering Committee took place on April 8th, 2011 in Avignon during the second Mediterranean Forest Week. The second meeting was held November 23, 2011 in Ramatuelle (France).
The signatories of the Collaborative Partnership for the Mediterranean Forests are:
Each partner will contribute to a maximum of transparency and collaboration within the agreed annual operational plan through intensive communication. The Silva Mediterranea secretariat will serve as a communication platform between the signatories and between the Collaborative Partnership for Mediterranean Forests and its Southern Mediterranean partner countries.
Final text of the Collaborative Partnership