Centenary of the foundation of Silva Mediterranea

Discover the origins of Silva Mediterranea and the joint efforts to preserve the Mediterranean Basin.

Photo: Alberto Carrera

In 1922, the international forestry association Silva Mediterranea was founded in recognition of the unique ecological, climatological, and cultural characteristics of the Mediterranean region. Now, the Conde del Valle de Salazar Foundation together with the Spanish Association of Forestry Engineers have published a book written by Fernando López Azorín that recounts the beginnings of the institution.

The publication narrates the events that have been the foundation of Silva Mediterranea, today’s FAO Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Issues. From Robert Hickel’s proposal back in 1911 to have an international forestry association to solve Mediterranean countries’ forestry problems and needs to the 1930 Congress in Madrid where several Spanish forestry engineers were joined by members representing France, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia and Greece, after a trip to learn about the uniqueness of the Spanish Mediterranean Basin.

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SOURCEColegio Oficial de Ingenieros de Montes
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EFIMED is the Mediterranean Facility of the European Forest Institute. Based in Barcelona, Spain, it was launched in 2007.