Silva Mediterranea

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The Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests

A Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests was launched in 2010 and closed in 2016. 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 signed 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 joined the Partnership. The Parties of this Collaborative Partnership jointly strengthened 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 addressed the four interlinked key problems, which were identified at the workshop organised by the GTZ and the FAO in July 2009 in Rabat, namely:

  • Inadequate policies and lack of inter-sectoral cooperation;
  • Lack of knowledge and information;
  • Low public awareness;
  • Lack of adequate funding.

On the basis of the individual commitments and contributions of each partner, an annual operational plan for the Collaborative Partnership for Mediterranean Forests was elaborated, starting with the year 2011. The first operational plan in 2011 took into consideration the results and recommendations of the Istanbul workshop of September 2010. During this workshop a Steering Committee was established. The latter would 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 would then 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 in November 23, 2011 in Ramatuelle (France). The third meeting was held in November 2012 in Tlemcen (Algeria). The fourth meeting was held in December 2013 in Hammamet (Tunisia). The fifth meeting was held in January 2015 in Rabat (Morocco). The sixth meeting was held on 12-13 November 2015 in Rabat (Morocco).

In 2015, an evaluation of the CPMF was conducted by an independent expert. The results of the evaluation were discussed during the sixth Steering Committee in Rabat.


The signatories of the Collaborative Partnership for the Mediterranean Forests were:

  • Agence Française de Développement / Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial (AFD/FFEM)
  • Technical cooperation agency from Turkey (TIKA)
  • Association Internationale Forêts Méditerranéennes (AIFM)
  • Centre International des Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM)
  • Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya - CTFC (Espagne)
  • European Forest Institute - Mediterranean Regional Office (EFIMED)
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (GM)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature - Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN - Med)
  • Le ministère de l'agriculture, de l'agroalimentaire et de la forêt (MAAF)
  • Plan Bleu/ Mediterranean Action Plan (PB/PAM)
  • World Wide Fund For Nature - Mediterranean Initiative (WWF-Med)
  • Office National des Forêts - International (ONF-I)
  • Mediterranean Model Forest Network (MMFN)
  • UNDP country office in Turkey.

Each partner contributed to a maximum of transparency and collaboration within the agreed annual operational plan through intensive communication. The Silva Mediterranea Secretariat served as a communication platform between the signatories and between the Collaborative Partnership for Mediterranean Forests and its Southern Mediterranean partner countries.




last updated:  Wednesday, February 26, 2020