Main areas and common problems

The participants in the first workshop of development of the Mediterranean Model Forest Network, in Rome in 2007, identified the following as the main common areas where value added could be found in cooperating in the framework of the model forest concept, as well as the main issues to be examined within them:

KEY ISSUES OPPORTUNITIES FOR COOPERATION
INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT AT APPROPRIATE LEVELS
Lack of landscape-level, integrated and multifunctional approach
  • Multifunctionality
  • Landscape approach, appropriate management size, multi-level approach
  • Integrated «territorial» management
  • Integration of forest planning with other planning instruments
THE PRIVATE FOREST NETWORK
Private forest management
  • Forest land owners association
  • Private land management models
Lack of local development based on forest resources
  • Wood industry in the Mediterranean
  • Wood biomass for energy
  • Non-wood products processing
  • Forest products marketing
  • Eco-building
RISKS MANAGEMENT
Adaptation to variability and change (climate change, land use change, especially land abandonment, ...)
  • Adaptative management
  • Reconsideration of models, Ecosystem approach, system approach
  • Training an research on key issues (SFM indicators, pests an diseases)
Forest fires
  • Active prevention (livestock grazing, multifunctional land use management and planning at different levels)
Conflicting relationship with other sectors
  • Sustainable agriculture and husbandry
  • Overgrazing and degradation, erosion
  • Mass-tourism impact management
Insufficient consideration to, and threats on, bio-diversity
  • Raising awareness
  • Mediterranean species conservation

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