EU promotes Med cooperation for good forestry management

MENFRI aims at exchanging best practices, contacts, knowledges

10 June, 17:44

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JUNE 10 - Many risks are threatening our forests, including fire, overgrazing, desertification. To address these and other issues, experts from different countries and backgrounds have gathered in Morocco in the framework of the EU-funded "Mediterranean Network of Forestry Research and Innovation" (MENFRI) to assess the forestry sector organization and development opportunities in Mediterranean countries.

    According to the Enpi website (www.enpi-info.eu), experts observe a trend of abandonment in terms of forest management and maintenance in the northern Mediterranean, increasing therefore fire and pest risks. In the southern part, overgrazing and desertification are the main threats.

    By setting up a discussion platform, MENFRI aims at exchanging best practices, contacts and knowledge, and at promoting Mediterranean forestry as an innovative and job creating sector, able to face global changes. The MENFRI project argues that initiatives in search of sustainability should come along with profitability. Profitability is possible thanks to diversity of resources and the valorisation of Mediterranean high quality products. In addition, few financial resources are invested in the sector for business creation and prosperity, and for material and specific methodologies.

    MENFRI - the Mediterranean Network of Forestry Research and Innovation - is a research project funded by the EU under its Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). (ANSAmed)
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