On Thursday, June 28th, 2017, Marine Lovero, MEDFORVAL project manager , was invited to the final conference of the LIFE ResilForMed project to represent AIFM and MEDFORVAL network to the actors and partners of the project, as well as representatives of other related LIFE projects linked to Mediterranean forests.
1) The LIFE program
The ResilForMed project is part of the LIFE program of the European Union, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017. Of the 4,483 projects funded since 1992, 639 are linked to forests (keyword research on the program website), around 4 main themes:
Biodiversity and forest habitats
Invasive forest species
Planning, Management and Governance
Important note: the 2014-2020 programming provides for the possibility of financing projects to capitalize on previous Life projects, but also in connection with the communication and setting up and running of a network of actors. This could be an attractive source of funding for MEDFORVAL members, but also for the network itself.
The ResilForMed project ends on June 30th, 2017, after 5 years of work and with a total budget of 1.56 million euros (about half of this amount was European funding).
Its objective was to improve the resilience of the Sicilian forests to climate change, through the adaptation of the management practices of these territories.
The final conference was held in Pantelleria, the largest minor island in the Sicily region, where a fire caused serious damage in 2016.
8 work axes were followed in ResilForMed, with interesting results:
- Map of the vulnerability of forest stands in Sicily and risk indicator
- Calculation of a minimum threshold for interventions
- Selection of ornithological indicators
- Guidelines around 5 good practices
- 6 forest plans, each with a participatory process
- Organization of trainings
- Decision Support Tool
- Participation in the Regional Forestry Plan
The morning's last conference was the presentation of the activities of AIFM and MEDFORVAL network and the invitation to the participants to join them both, including through their respective newsletters.
4) Networking - Forest LIFE Projects
The afternoon was devoted to an exchange session with other LIFE projects in connection with the Mediterranean forests. 5 projects were presented quickly.
This project was carried out by the CTFC in Catalonia. This project aimed to develop adaptive management of the Catalan suburbs, in association with industrialist Amorim, a partner and co-financier of the project, with a chain approach and fire risk limitation.
Sicilian project to save Zelkova sicula from extinction, with work to eliminate threat factors: improved knowledge of species, legislative changes, communication.
The main objective of the Boscos project is to contribute to the adaptation of Mediterranean forest ecosystems to the negative impacts of climate change through sustainable management of forests.
Project initiated at the end of 2016 for 6 years by CREA, to improve the survival conditions of Italian beech trees (3 pilot sites in Tuscany, Molise and Sicily), including the implementation of an adaptive management plan ( Modification of the timing of silvicultural interventions according to climatic events).
New project of the CTFC, for the development of new management strategies of Mediterranean sub-humid forests (specific habitat of the Western Mediterranean composed of a large number of hardwood species).