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Mediterranean Network of Forestry Research and Innovation (MENFRI)

Objective

The Mediterranean region will become one of the most vulnerable areas in Europe to global change. While in European Mediterranean countries the combination of climate change and land abandonment is promoting new unmanaged forest cover, increasing fire and pest risks, in the south of the basin forest intensification results in desertification as the principal threat. Forest management strategies must be directed to promoting mitigation of the effects of global change, and to guaranteeing the sustainable use of ecosystem goods and services in order to achieve a resource efficient, low-carbon economy. In fact, the defense of regional natural resources should be part of the aims in the agenda to escape from financial dependency to sustainable development. We posit that spatial analysis tools from the north could help stopping deforestation while obtaining economical benefits of landscape management in the south, and traditional knowledge from the south may help decreasing land abandonment in the north by developing eco-innovative business. In such context, the knowledge of the main technologies and techniques available and the interconnection between forestry research and business in both sides of the Mediterranean are two of the best ways to increase efficiency under the available budget.
The Mediterranean Network of Forestry Research and Innovation (MENFRI) would like to become a dialogue and action platform in forestry, encouraging scientific and technological collaboration within the Mediterranean. The main goal of the project is therefore to create a favourable environment for the development of an innovative and job creating business sector in this region while facing climate change. The project will help bridging the gap between research and innovation by improving performance in managing, transferring and using the knowledge resulting from ecological research and forest management and by better aligning both research and economic objectives to societal needs.

Call for proposal

FP7-INCO-2013-9
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Coordinator

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION ECOLOGICA Y APLICACIONES FORESTALES
Address
Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona Edifici C
08193 Bellaterra
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 250 815
Administrative Contact
Cristina García (Ms.)

Participants (5)

ALIENOREU SPRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 81 471
Address
Rue Du President 29
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elise Regairaz (Ms.)
WARRANT HUB SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 151 298
Address
Corso Mazzini 11
42015 Correggio Re
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Isella Vicini (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE HASSAN II MOHAMMADIA CASABLANCA
Morocco
EU contribution
€ 77 399
Address
Avenue Hassan Ii
20650 Mohammedia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rachida Nafaa (Prof.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHES EN GENIE RURAL, EAUX ET FORETS
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 116 554
Address
Rue Hédi El Karray
2080 Ariana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Zouhaier Nasr (Dr.)
CONSORCI FORESTAL DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 68 421
Address
Jacint Verdaguer 3/2
17430 Santa Coloma De Farners
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Margarita Rovira