In March, we celebrate the International Day of Forests and, as could not be otherwise, the month is full of interesting events for forest lovers. An example of this is the 7th Mediterranean Forest Week (MFW), an event of great importance for academics, policymakers and forest stakeholders in the region, which will meet in Antalya, Turkey, from 21 to 25 March.
On this occasion, the Mediterranean Forest Week will pay special attention to the future generations of the Mediterranean and the green jobs that, through Mediterranean forests, can provide many opportunities.
However, the agenda of sessions is packed with a wide variety of topics ranging from forest and landscape-based solutions to fight forest fires and other natural disturbances caused by climate change, to topics as diverse as non-wood forest products of Mediterranean forests and their relationships with sustainable food systems, among many others.
Session led by EFI’s Mediterranean Facility: non-wood forest products for people, nature and the green economy
On Monday 21st, during the first day of the event, EFI’s Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED) will introduce in the session entitled “Non-wood forest products for people, nature and the green economy” the degree of integration of these forest products in everyday life and the actions needed to exploit their potential more widely. The key contents of this session are the result of a White Paper published last year jointly by the European Forest Institute (EFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The session will share the conclusions of this publication, which identifies key areas requiring urgent policy attention in the field of non-wood forest products and suggest concrete actions that could be taken by decision-makers, key stakeholders and social actors at various levels in Europe and other parts of the world.
The Mediterranean Forest Week brings together decision-makers from the Mediterranean region; national and local governments; technical and scientific organizations; forestry experts and managers; forest owners; environmental organizations; NGOs; investors and key donors; young professionals; media; scientists and academia; stakeholders from forest-related sectors (water, agriculture, cities).
The official languages of the Seventh Mediterranean Forest Week will be English and French. Simultaneous translation will be available during the plenary sessions. The call for registrations is open until 20 March.