Mediterranean Forest Week, 20-24 March 2017 Agadir

The time is ripe for action on Mediterranean landscape and forest restoration

Vast areas of degraded Mediterranean forests and lands could be transformed into productive, multi-functional territories if calls for large-scale investment and tighter cross-sectoral coordination are met in Morocco in March. The 5th Mediterranean Forest Week aims to constitute a regional coalition on restoration that delivers sustainable benefits for local people while meeting Bonn Challenge and Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Read more at the websites of the 5th Mediterranean Forest Week, Agadir, Morocco, 20–24 March 2017, including the recently released booklet, and of The Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism and Silva Mediterranea.

FAO/©Caterina Marchetta, FAO. Workers in the Maâmora forest, Kénitra, Morocco, loading bark from cork oak Quercus suber trees. The Maâmora forest is the largest cork oak forest in the world. In Morocco, bark collection and production is an important economic activity. Once removed from the trees, the bark is bundled for export. 

Maximizing Mediterranean forest ecosystems’ goods and services

Eighty-five million ha of the land surface of Mediterranean countries are covered by forests, 25.5 million of which are officially defined as Mediterranean forests. For local populations, these ecosystems are invaluable, providing a host of goods and services that include food and nutrition security, and incomes. But the ecosystems’ integrity and sustainability are under threat, a challenge that a regional French-funded project has sought to address.

Read more about the results of the four-year French Facility for Global Environment Project “Maximize the production of goods and services of Mediterranean forest ecosystems in the context of global changes”, and the project’s recent publications. Also visit the Silva Mediterranea and the 5th Mediterranean Forest Week websites.

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