Parmenides X: Trees and forests facing global change

The event will take place at the CIHEAM Institute in Chania, Greece, from 24 to 26 October 2023.


Mediterranean countries face considerable challenges in securing the future of their forests. They have to cope with dramatic climatic, demographic, socio-economic and cultural changes while at the same time meeting society’s new expectations for a diverse range of goods and services at the interface of various sectors (forestry, water, agriculture, industry, tourism, health, etc.).

In order to put these issues on the political agenda, formulate recommendations and enhance regional cooperation, the Groupe Interacadémique pour le Développement (GID) and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), with the support of the French Academy of Agriculture, the European Forest Institute (EFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), are organising the 10th PARMENIDES Conference entitled “Trees and forests facing global change: Mediterranean countries at the forefront“.

The conference will be held at the CIHEAM Institute in Chania, Greece, from 24 to 26 October 2023 and will revolve around these three sessions, where several round tables will be held:

  • Strengthening Mediterranean forest ecosystems and their evolutionary potential.
  • Optimising synergies between sectors of activity and Mediterranean forest goods/services
  • Responding to climate and social challenges

The aim of these round tables will be to present the issues at stake (degradation, desertification, forest fires, bioeconomy, etc.), to share data and recent experiences and, finally, to provide recommendations on prevention and adaptation, valorisation, research and training and regional cooperation.

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EFIMED is the Mediterranean Facility of the European Forest Institute. Based in Barcelona, Spain, it was launched in 2007.