MEDLENTISK project: Exchanges of good practices about lentisk tree

MEDLENTISK project partners work on good practices concerning the little-known lentisk tree and in particular its vegetable oil.

Photo: Kerstin Riemer / Pixabay
Photo: Kerstin Riemer / Pixabay

MEDLENTISK project partners met recently to exchange knowledge in a joint learning event on the lentisk tree. The event took place from 29 June to 1 July at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh) in Greece.

This event was organized in a “hybrid” form, given the current health context, and was attended by 15 people on site in Greece and more than 60 online during the conferences. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the taxonomy, genetics, cultivation, current consumption, and range of products from the lentisk tree.

For the participants present in Chania, one day was dedicated to a field trip to the Imbros Gorge, an opportunity to discover the local endemic fauna of Crete and the different Pistacia genus present on the island.

The MEDLENTISK project, which began in September 2020, brings together six partners from the South, East and North of the Mediterranean Sea:

  • International Association for Mediterranean Forests (France), coordinator
  • University of Cagliari (Italia)
  • Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (Greece)
  • National Institute for Research in Rural Engineering, Water and Forestry (Tunisia)
  • Technical University of Bursa (Turkey)
  • Provence Model Forest Association (France)

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and aims to promote the exchange of good practices on the Mediterranean rim concerning the little-known lentisk tree (Pistacia lentiscus L.), in particular its vegetable oil.

The MEDLENTISK project will end in December 2021 and will result in the publication of a book of best practices but, before that, the different partners will have the opportunity to meet again during the second joint learning event to be hold in November in Sardinia (Italy), by the University of Cagliari.

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The International Association for Mediterranean Forests (AIFM), founded in 1996, has for purpose to facilitate knowledge, experiences and ideas exchange on Mediterranean forest landscapes with a cross-field, multidisciplinary and international approach.