The Secretariat

The Secretariat of the Committee of the Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea coordinates the activities of Member Countries and animates the dialogue and involvement of Member Countries through their focal points.  

The secretariat is not a bureaucratic organ. It is run by all its Members who collectively support it by rotating personnel irregularly between its Members. 

For the period of 2020 to 2024, the Secretariat is held by two nominated units from the Council of Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), the leading Italian research organization dedicated to agri-food supply chains under the supervision of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (Mipaaf).  

Dr Giovanbattista de Dato
Giovanbattista de Dato holds a master's degree in forestry and environmental Sciences and a PhD in forest ecology. His main research was in plant ecophysiology and how climate change affects these processes. Subsequently, he joined the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), Research Centre for Forestry and Wood in Arezzo as a researcher. The activities in this role focused on the sustainable management of forests and forest plantations, with particular attention to forest genetic resources, biodiversity management and conservation, including monitoring and developing actions in-situ and ex-situ for conservation and adaptive management. As a loaned expert to FAO, Giovanbattista coordinates the activities in support of Silva Mediterranea.

Lucia Rivera Lima
Lucía Rivera Lima holds a BA in anthropology and sociology and a master’s degree in development studies from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is from Guatemala and has focused her career on socio-economic dimensions of the rural and agricultural world, more precisely, on the interrelated challenges of child labour and youth employment and on Indigenous Peoples' rights. Lucía currently works with the Silva Mediterranea secretariat and with the FLRM team at FAO. Prior to this, she worked with the International Labour Organization (ILO) as a consultant on youth employment, at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in the East and Southern Africa Division, and at Slow Food International with the Indigenous Peoples network. 

Emily Rowe is from the United States of America. She holds a Master’s Degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the American University of Rome, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics and Diplomacy. Her research in the MENA region advocates for transitional justice, compassion, and security through peace building efforts and sustainable collaboration. She is passionate about working to activate policy change through identifying opportunities in applicable legal frameworks, diplomatic relations, and social integration strategies. Emily brings a decade of community development work collaborating with youth, women and migrants through cross-cultural training, outreach and education initiatives. She joined the Silva Mediterranea team in September 2023 as an intern.