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AFWC/EFC/NEFC Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions “Silva Mediterranea” (FO-731)

Title AFWC/EFC/NEFC Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions “Silva Mediterranea”
Code FO-731
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Legal Framework
Article of Constitution

Article VI-1

Origin

Established by the European Forestry Commission in 1948 as a Subsidiary Body in succession to the pre-war international body Silva Mediterranea. Transformed by the Seventh (1953, Resolution 25) and Eleventh (1961) Sessions of the Conference into a Joint Sub-Commission on Mediteranean Forestry Problems. In 1970 the above title was granted.

Rules of Procedure

Adopted at the Seventh Session (1960). Amended at Eighth Session (1962).

Category Cat. 1
Purpose

1.  To periodically review the trends in the use of forest land in the Mediterranean area and to assess the impact of changes implemented in the agricultural, industrial, and urban sectors, and to advise Member Governments accordingly on reorientation or improvements necessary to meet changed situations or newly-emerging needs; conversely, to periodically examine progress in forestry technology within regional and ecological contexts in order to better assess present forest land utilization methods;
2. to identify forestry research priorities in the Mediterranean area, determine forestry research projects of common interest to Member Governments in the Region and recommend to the Director-General of FAO and Member Governments the adoption of measures necessary to coordinate the concerted execution of these projects by the forestry research institutes in the Region;
3. to determine and carry out, in collaboration with Member Nations and with the support of the appropriate national forestry agencies, the technical studies and surveys which are deemed necessary to assist Governments of the Region formulate national forest policies or facilitate their implementation.

Membership

Open to all Members of the African, European, and Near East Forestry Commissions of FAO whose territories are situated wholly or in part in the Mediterranean basin proper or whose forest, agricultural, or grazing economies are intimately associated with those of the Mediterranean Region. Membership comprises such eligible nations as have notified the Director-General of their desire to be considered as Members.

Number of Members 28
List of Members
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • European Union (Member Organization)
  • France
  • Greece
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Malta
  • Morocco
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Yemen
Languages Arabic, English, French and Spanish
Document symbol FO:SMC
Division Forest Management Division (FOM)
Contact information/email

silva.mediterranea@fao.org or christophe.besacier@fao.org

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Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea

First Session December 1948
Pattern of sessions 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2012