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Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda (MFRA)

Data Source: EFI EUROFOREST Portal
TitleMediterranean Forest Research Agenda (MFRA)
CreatorEFIMED - Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute
DescriptionThe Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda (MFRA) has been developed to address the main issues raised by the members of the EFIMED (Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute) network as well as by relevant stakeholders. The MFRA presents a common vision on the challenges of Mediterranean forests and the scientific priorities to address them for the coming 10 years. The European Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) has provided the framework for the Mediterranean forest research community to develop the MFRA as part of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) in order to highlight the main Pan-Mediterranean forestry challenges as well as the scientific priorities, objectives and outcomes to address them. The vision on the future of Mediterranean forests is based on four major elements selected on the basis of their intrinsic importance, for providing a scientific framework to meet the important challenges ahead, but also of their significance for policy decision-making. The four elements are: (1) Climate change and land use changes will markedly impact forest ecosystems (by an increase degradation, deforestation, forest fires, etc.) and the functions they fulfill (water regulation, soil protection, etc.), to such a critical level that they could be seriously endangered. Expected climate changes will result in the extension of Mediterranean-like conditions to new areas. (2) Living with recurrent wildfires requires a change of paradigm, by shifting from a predominant short-term driven fire control policy, towards longer-term policies aimed at acting on the structural causes of fires and integrating fire and forest management strategies. (3) Mediterranean forests can provide a large diversity of goods and services to human societies, subject to the design and implementation of new and improved economic, policy and governance instruments, taking into account wider rural development policies. (4) Silviculture and multifunctional management of Mediterranean forests and woodlands in the context of the management of multiple-use and multi-scale landscapes require the development of new decision-support models, systems and processes. The text of the MFRA is available in English and French. The MFRA is an integral part of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of the European Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP).
LanguageEnglish, French
Keywordseuropean forest institute; forest research; forest policy; Mediterranean; climate change; land use; forest fires; forest management; EFIMED; MFRA; strategic research agenda; SRA; vision; foresight
TypeInternational organizations, Networks, Research institutions and departments
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 Published: June 20 2011