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Jessour and Tabias are traditional systems crucial for water and soil conservation in the agricultural zones of southeastern Tunisia. These innovative techniques maximise limited water resources and preserve the fertility of arid lands, playing an essential role in sustainable agriculture and supporting local communities in harsh, dry environments. Their...
In the landscape of EU-funded resilience projects, Lebanon emerges as a pivotal partner, presenting a compelling blend of traditional wisdom and modern innovation. This Mediterranean nation’s contrasting assets, from rural communities steeped in ancestral knowledge to urban centres bustling with cutting-edge technologies, underscore its significance in collaborative initiatives aimed at...
In the Mediterranean region, increasing temperatures and aridity have amplified the threat and frequency of wildfires, inflicting significant damage and costs. Traditional fire mitigation approaches often carry uncertain expenses. However, introducing innovative strategies such as firebreak buffers and utilising low-flammability crops like vineyards in managed wildlands, can offer a...
Knowing how to reinforce resilient landscapes in the Mediterranean is important to identify what the needs and challenges are. The participants agreed that there is clear evidence of a warming climate, with the trend resulting in droughts, heatwaves, and wildfires as the most impactful extreme events in terms of...
Visitors returning to Rome or Naples after some time away may be shocked by the state of the cities' iconic stone pines (Pinus pinea). Their flat, spreading crowns, the reason for their alternative name of umbrella pine, are no longer dense and dark green. Most have scant cover with...
Emboscar is a Catalan verb that has two main definitions. From the more poetic and literary "to get lost and go deep into the vastness of a forest" to the more commonly used, specifically in the field of defence: "to be in a hidden place to surprise the enemy"....
Wildfires are a major threat to the environment and to people. They are unpredictable and difficult to control, but with measures, prevention and quick response, the consequences of this natural disaster can be reduced. As a trainee at the European Forestry Institute, I was involved in developing and writing...
The Mediterranean Basin, the second largest biodiversity hotspot of the world, is under severe threats due to climate change. Water scarcity, a long-known and widespread challenge in many Mediterranean countries, is increasing as a consequence of rising temperatures and reduced rainfall. Despite greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by countries in the...
In 2019, the church of Notre Dame burnt down. Citizens of Hong Kong took the streets to protest for a better democracy. Students protested against inequality in Chile. The Amazon burned (and the hashtag #PrayforAmazonas went viral). Theresa May resigned as prime minister of the UK, and Simone Biles...
As concern for the environment grows, composting has become a popular way to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil for gardens. Yet citizens in my country, Lebanon, are not always aware of the multiple benefits of this rewarding practice. Realizing this, we started a locally-driven initiative to organize a...