Silva Mediterranea

Over 90 years of Mediterranean forest management

Seventh Mediterranean Forest Week (VII MFW), 21-25 March 2022, Turkey

Forest and ecosystem restoration for the next Mediterranean generations

Mediterranean forests are part of multifaceted landscapes but strongly affected by centuries of human intervention. Despite an increase of 1.8 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2015, there are 80 million hectares of degraded land, including forests, in the Mediterranean. Under such circumstances, forest ecology restoration may be an important action to restore these lands and consequently bring them to a level of health and vigour and facing the threats due to global changes. The importance of the ecological restoration actions in natural ecosystems is also recalled by the recent United Nations initiative (i.e., UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030).

Mediterranean forests also provide valuable non-wood forest products (cork, chestnut, nuts, resins, mushrooms, aromatic and medicinal plants) and multiple ecosystem services (soil erosion control, water regulation, carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, microclimate regulation), some, but not all, have been included in robust value chains to reach the market. For instance, economic benefits could be derived from non-wood forest products and services that forests can provide, although several bottlenecks need to be solved to have these values recognized.

At the sixth Mediterranean Forest Week held in Brummana, Lebanon, in April 2019, young Mediterranean professionals in the fields of forestry and environment made a vibrant call for more forest-related job opportunities to tackle environmental challenges that they will have to face in a changing global environment. Young people in the age range between 15-24 years represent 14% of the Mediterranean population, a rate that is trending upwards. The proportion of youth that is not in education, employment or training ranges between 7 and 33% depending on the country and there are significant disparities between sub-regions and according to gender.

Building a bridge between the forest and the labour force of young Mediterranean people can make a difference and give value to the goods and services provided by forests, while implementing forest-based solutions. Improving the social perception of forestry, directing forest management towards participatory approaches and co-management, better communicating on forestry, and aligning forestry education and training with current challenges are key activities in this regard. Furthermore, in order to bridge the afore-mentioned gap, one must open the circle and add components like cities, crops, watersheds, and all those components, which are not part of the forest but interact and interdepend with forests at the landscape level.

The themes of the Seventh Mediterranean Forest Week relate to the following:

  • Youth and green jobs: provide opportunities using Mediterranean forests
  • Forest and landscape based solutions: - degraded forests, desertification and forest fires
  • Forest-based opportunities with a focus on youth generations and gender employment
  • Environmental opportunities: EU Green Deal, Ecological Transition and New EU Forest Strategy
  • Social and cultural dimension of Mediterranean forests
  • Management of Mediterranean forests in view of post-pandemic scenarios
  • Non-wood forest products of Mediterranean forests and their relationships with sustainable food systems
  • Innovation in Mediterranean forests: case studies and call for actions
  • Communication strategies, knowledge transferring and sharing experiences in Mediterranean forests
  • Training and giving experience

Call for sessions

You are invited to propose events to contribute to the content of the Seventh Mediterranean Forest Week through the Call for proposals, open from 26 July 2021 to 30 September 2021.

The call for sessions that is open to all stakeholders on Mediterranean forestry questions. Proponents are free to choose from the following two types of sessions:

  • Thematic sessions
    These thematic sessions are based on the themes of the Seventh Mediterranean Forest Week. In their proposal, session organizers should ensure that the proposed thematic stream session is closely aligned to one of the topics of the Week.
  • Side events
    Side events do not necessary relate to the theme of the Seventh Mediterranean Forest Week but should be of interest to the audience of the Week.

Other details regarding the submission of a session proposal  here.

Proposals will be considered by the Organizing Committee of the Seventh MFW against the following criteria:

  • Alignment of the proposal with the theme of the Seventh MFW
  • Contribution to the objectives of the Seventh MFW
  • Sharing of new knowledge and innovation
  • Diversity of the partners associated with the proposal
  • Gender-responsiveness (mainstreaming gender issues)
  • Engagement of youth and young professionals
  • Interactivity of the session with the audience

The Organizing Committee of the Seventh MFW will seek an overall balance of session proposals between the different topics of the Seventh Mediterranean Forest Week.

Objectives

  • Identify opportunities offered to young people by forest-based solutions in the Mediterranean and anticipate possible bottlenecks so that these opportunities become necessities;
  • Capitalize on successful experiences combining innovative forest management and local populations – particularly the youth – and share this experience among countries for possible replication;
  • Promote landscape approaches for Mediterranean forest, with focus on restoration and conservation of biodiversity, to open the forest more widely to populations and neighbouring sectors (e.g. cities);
  • Mobilize all stakeholders involved in the integrated management of Mediterranean forests to facilitate the integration of young people into forest-based solutions;
  • Build a common vision of the role of young people in the sustainable management of Mediterranean forests in a changing world.

Languages
The official languages of the Seventh Mediterranean Forest Week are English and French. Simultaneous translation will be available during the plenary sessions. 

Target audience

The Mediterranean Forest Week brings together decision-makers from the Mediterranean region; national and local governments; technical and scientific organizations; forestry experts and managers; forest owners; environmental organizations; NGOs; investors and key donors; young professionals; media; scientists and academia; stakeholders from forest-related sectors (water, agriculture, cities).

Key dates for contributions

26 July 2021: Call for proposals opens. Click here to download the form.

30 September 2021: Call for proposals (1st stage) closes.

1 October 2021 to Mid-October 2021: Selection review processes take place . The review panel may request that sessions be merged with other similar proposals

15 October - 30 November 2021: Submit detailed proposals (2st stage). Click here to download the form.

20 December 2021: Proponents are notified of the final decision regarding proposals.

Beginning of February 2022: Programme of the Seventh Mediterranean Forest Week will be published.

 

Contacts

Secretariat of Silva Mediterranea

[email protected]

 

lastUpdate  Monday, July 26, 2021