Association Internationale Forêts Méditerranéennes

: Jan 6, 2020

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The International Association for Mediterranean Forests (AIFM), created in 1996, aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience relating to these forests and other wooded areas, in a transversal and multidisciplinary manner, at the international ;

Forests and other wooded areas subject to the Mediterranean climate (whose main characteristics are hot, dry summers and wet winters) cover respectively 25 and 50 million hectares in 25 countries of the Mediterranean basin. For convenience, they can be grouped together under the term "Mediterranean forests". Vegetation can take various forms: shrubby scrublands with kermes oak, scrub, holm oak, cork oak and downy oak groves, pine forests with Aleppo pine, cedar forests, among others. These types of forests are also present in other countries of the world: Australia, Chile, The United States or Mexico.
The biodiversity of the Mediterranean basin has exceptional ecological characteristics. In the case of tree and bush species, for example, the Mediterranean region, which accounts for no more than of the world's forested area, is home to 290 forest species compared with only 135 in the rest of Europe. There are also many endemic species (plants and animals existing only in one geographical area). These forests are considered one of the world's biodiversity hot spots.

In this context, AIFM is working, among other things, on the development and implementation of cooperation programmes. The aim of these exchanges is to help raise and solve the problems encountered in the management and use of these Mediterranean forests through joint reflection in order to make the most of them. AIFM advocates that the specific challenges facing Mediterranean forests be better taken into account in the policies and actions of international, national and local institutions, as well as those of individuals, in the fields of the environment, sustainable development and land use planning.

AIFM has an established network in various fields (foresters, academics, environmentalists, elected officials, civil security, etc.), guaranteeing a diversity of approaches. It is partly the result of cooperation projects carried out since the 2000s: Problématique (1999-2001), RECOFORM (2003-2006), Qualigouv (2009-2012), Forclimadapt (2010-2013), Proforbiomed (2011-2014), Medland 2020 (2013-2014), MEDFORVAL () and INHERIT (2018-2022).
AIFM is also co-organizer of the Mediterranean Forest Weeks, held respectively in Antalya (Turkey, 2010), Avignon (France, 2011), Tlemcen (Algeria, 2013), Barcelona (Spain, 2015), Agadir (Morocco, 2017) and Broumana (Lebanon, 2019). The next one will take place in 2021 in Tunisia.

Keywords and matching areas:

 Forest Resources
 Marine and Coast
 Capacity Building
 Sustainable Development
 Environmental protection
 Euro-Mediterranean Relations

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