Side events

The Mediterranean Forest Week side events provide a unique opportunity to dive deeper into specialized topics, connect with experts, and explore innovative ideas for restoring and managing Mediterranean forest ecosystems.

Don’t miss this chance to be part of engaging discussions and collaborative efforts.

Youth DialogueMED FORUM – General assembly of Mediterranean Model Forest NetworkMotor Verde: Innovating Forest Asset Protection with Advanced Firefighting TechnologyResAlliance project – dissemination and exploitation of knowledge materialsFestival of wildfire innovation

Youth Dialogue

Organisers: Mediterranean Youth Task Force

Speakers: TBC

Description:

“This youth dialogue builds on the one held at the 7MFW held in Türkiye in 2022. Retaking the five key themes that were highlighted by young people during the discussion as the main challenges faced in the Mediterranean forest sector.

Building on a working-with-youth approach, the new youth dialogue of the 8MFW aims at providing a platform to bring young foresters from the Mediterranean region (virtually and physically) together to discuss not just common challenges, but also a common vision and mission, that will provide key areas of recommendation to all key stakeholders of the region’s forest sector. It will also provide global forestry fora, organizations and institutions, the views of young people in the region.

Through a bottom-up approach, the youth dialogue is an opportunity to contribute to the participation, recognition, and visibility of youth in the forest sector and present opportunities to find a unified youth regional voice to share recommendations to High-Level practitioners and decision makers through a statement, signed by the participant youth-led organizations.

The youth dialogue targets mainly all young people who are already actively involved in the Mediterranean forest sector, either as students, as young professionals, activists, researchers, among others, and who are up to 35 years old. “

Room: F. Cambo


MED FORUM – General assembly of Mediterranean Model Forest Network

Organisers: Mediterranean Model Forest Network Secretariat

Speakers: TBC

Description:

The event will be the annual assembly of all members of the MMFN, aimed at sharing of the activities carried on each MF and by the whole network; programming of the next activities and collaboration with other bodies and entities of the 8MFW.

Room: P. Gil


Motor Verde: Innovating Forest Asset Protection with Advanced Firefighting Technology

Organisers: Grupo Sylvestris

Speakers: TBC

Description:

“In the midst of a global quest for lucrative innovative ventures, forests emerge as Nature’s premium solution, despite the inherent risks they pose. Carbon trading initiatives stemming from afforestation and reforestation stand out as cost-effective strategies for combating climate change. Forests, serving as vital carbon sinks, offer lucrative investment prospects in the realm of green commerce.

The Motor Verde fund is designed to cultivate carbon sinks through reforestation and afforestation endeavours. For green investors, the assurance of asset security is paramount before delving into such green initiatives.

This session will delve into the rigorous and innovative protective measures applied within Motor Verde and aimed at upholding carbon commitments and shielding vast forests from the threat of wildfires outbreaks. The event will spotlight tangible success stories illustrating the deployment of cutting-edge technology for forest fire prevention and monitoring in expansive afforestation projects.

Representatives from both the private and public sectors involved in the Motor Verde fund will unveil comprehensive management strategies for large-scale projects, showcasing the research methodologies applied to safeguard and monitor forest development, ensuring the preservation of significant green pledges.”

Room: 1-2 basement


ResAlliance project – dissemination and exploitation of knowledge materials

Organisers: CIHEAM-Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (CIHEAM-MAICh)

Speakers: TBC

Description:

“In the midst of a global quest for lucrative innovative ventures, forests emerge as Nature’s premium solution, despite the inherent risks they pose. Carbon trading initiatives stemming from afforestation and reforestation stand out as cost-effective strategies for combating climate change. Forests, serving as vital carbon sinks, offer lucrative investment prospects in the realm of green commerce.

The Motor Verde fund is designed to cultivate carbon sinks through reforestation and afforestation endeavours. For green investors, the assurance of asset security is paramount before delving into such green initiatives.

This session will delve into the rigorous and innovative protective measures applied within Motor Verde and aimed at upholding carbon commitments and shielding vast forests from the threat of wildfires outbreaks. The event will spotlight tangible success stories illustrating the deployment of cutting-edge technology for forest fire prevention and monitoring in expansive afforestation projects.

Representatives from both the private and public sectors involved in the Motor Verde fund will unveil comprehensive management strategies for large-scale projects, showcasing the research methodologies applied to safeguard and monitor forest development, ensuring the preservation of significant green pledges.

Room: 3-4 first floor


Festival of wildfire innovation

Organisers: EFI

Speakers: TBC

Description:

Room: 1902 basement

MED FORUM – general assembly of Mediterranean Model Forest NetworkPolicy forum on landscape resilience in the MediterraneanTransition project. Closing meetingLe Consortium Méditerranéen pour la Biodiversité (CMB)BREATHE – EO-based enhancement and verification of LULUCF inventories for forest & biomass

MED FORUM – general assembly of Mediterranean Model Forest Network

Organisers: Mediterranean Model Forest Network Secretariat

Speakers: TBC

Description:
The event will be the annual assembly of all members of the MMFN, aimed at sharing of the activities carried on each MF and by the whole network; programming of the next activities and collaboration with other bodies and entities of the 8MFW.

Room: P. Gil


Policy forum on landscape resilience in the Mediterranean: what are the main barriers, bottlenecks and knowledge gaps from policy makers and public authorities?

Organisers: CIFOR-ICRAF

Speakers: TBC

Description:

“The ResAlliance project (complete name: “Landscape resilience knowledge alliance for agriculture and forestry in the Mediterranean basin”), funded by the European Union, seeks to promote innovative solutions to enhance landscape resilience in the Mediterranean Basin by building capacity among foresters and farmers and improving information and knowledge flow. ResAlliance is a learning network gathering various stakeholders (farmers, foresters, researchers, policy-makers, journalists, etc.). It is structured around one regional LandNet (a collaborative learning platform) and five LandLabs (situated in five Mediterranean territories).

This first policy forum will invite policy makers and public authorities from Mediterranean countries to express the main barriers, bottlenecks and innovation or knowledge gaps that they perceive when trying to maintain or increase the resilience of the rural territories under their responsibility. Based on their answers, ResAlliance partners will collect practical solutions (either technological, managerial, financial or governance) that will be presented and discussed by the end of 2025 in a second international policy forum to which all present attendees will be invited.”

Room: 1-2 basement


Transition project. Closing meeting

Organisers: BETA Tech Centre. University of Vic -Central University of Catalonia

Speakers: TBC

Description:

“Innovative resilient farming systems in mediterranean environments (TRANSITION) is a PRIMA project that aims is to pave the way for a shift towards resilient agriculture in the Mediterranean basin. On the one hand by maximizing the net positive impact on the environment, while increasing resilience of agroecosystems and rural societies. This is done by analysing the most relevant innovative solutions in resilient agroforestry and mixed farming systems using a participatory approach in 5 Mediterranean regions (Spain, Italy, Algeria, Egypt, and France) with the support of experts on earth observation systems (Greece).

After three and a half years of project, it will finish the 30th of November. The mediterranean scope of the project, make it suitable for the 8th MFW. Furthermore, the consortium sees the 8th MFW as an opportunity to share the main outputs obtained and to hold the last project meeting, while providing the partners the chance of participating and exchanging experiences within the other participants of the event.”

Room: 1902 basement


Le Consortium Méditerranéen pour la Biodiversité (CMB)

Organisers: AIFM, IUCN

Speakers: TBC

Description:

“Le changement climatique menace les écosystèmes et les populations dans la région méditerranéenne. Une gestion efficace des écosystèmes à travers des Solutions fondées sur la Nature (SfN), telles que la protection et la restauration des habitats naturels et l’amélioration des connaissances, semble nécessaire pour maintenir les services écosystémiques qui renforcent la résilience climatique. Ainsi, des actions collaboratives urgentes sont nécessaires pour lutter contre la dégradation croissante des écosystèmes dans le bassin méditerranéen.

Cette session présentera comment l’adoption des SfN aide à réduire les risques socio-écologiques et à assurer un avenir durable pour la biodiversité de la région et pour ses habitants.”

Room: 4 first floor


BREATHE – EO-based enhancement and verification of LULUCF inventories for forest & biomass – Use case application to the Mediterranean Forest in Southern Türkiye

Organisers: GeoVille Information Systems and Data Processing GmbH

Speakers: TBC

Description:

“All nations of the Paris Agreement must report on their annual anthropogenic GHG emissions and removals in their national inventory reports (NIR) to the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Existing and future satellite missions provide the opportunity to fulfil the need for independent GHG Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) capacities.

GeoVille, one of the main Earth Observation (EO) service providers of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS), has developed an expertise in the field of climate change mitigation by implementing new products and services such as land use land use change and forestry (LULUCF), Above-Ground-Biomass (AGB), forest disturbance mapping, and CO2 emissions from biomass changes and wildfires. GeoVille led or is leading several national and international projects such as SMARTCO2, LULUCF Türkiye, GHG-KIT, BREATHE, CLC+ LULUCF Instances and contributing to AI4TREES and GDA Climate Resilience.

The scope of the BREATHE Project – EO-based enhancement and verification of GHG Inventories for Forest & Biomass is to develop a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) and prototype the first European Earth-Observation (EO)-integrated Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) System of GHG anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks from Above-Ground-Biomass (AGB) changes in Austria and wildfires in Türkiye. This research work is achieved in close collaboration with the main public stakeholders, namely The Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt, UBA) and The Directorate General of Forestry of Türkiye (Orman Genel Müdürlüğü, OGM) in support to their GHG NIR process to the EEA and the UNFCCC for the Land Use Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Sector, Forest Land Category (4.A). The applicability extends to the private sector of forest carbon trading, corporate sustainability reporting and voluntary carbon market.

GeoVille has developed a Sentinel-2-derived forest disturbance model at 10m spatial resolution based on artificial intelligence methods, at countrywide level for Austria and Türkiye, plus a fire delineation and severity model in Türkiye, for carbon accounting of Above-Ground-Biomass (AGB) annual losses and increments. SISTEMA produced in collaboration with NASA the AGB annual status maps at 30m spatial resolution over Austria and Türkiye for the period 2019-2022 using GEDI Spaceborne LiDAR, the Harmonized Landsat Sentinel (HLS) product, the Copernicus DEM and Sentinel-1 SAR data combined with field sample plots provided by Umweltdata GmbH for calibration/validation of the models. UBA is involved in capacity strengthening activities, supporting the user requirements for Türkiye and the enhancement of the CO2 emissions from biomass burning calculations. UNIVIE contributes in improving GHG flux estimates using the Lagrangian particle dispersion model FLEXPART for the dispersion of CO plumes resulting from selected wildfires. Further work on FLEXPART will focus on the integration of improved satellite data such as Sentinel-3 Hot Spot Fire Radiative Power and Sentinel-5P TROPOMI. Globetech is in charge of the overall IT System running on a European cloud infrastructure linked to a user dashboard customized to OGM’s needs, ensuring with GeoVille the scalability of services to the carbon compliance and voluntary markets.

The BREATHE project started in 2022 is expected to end by November 2024. https://breathe-project.eu/”

Room: 1 first floor

The Paris Agreement in Action: Upscaling Forest and Landscape Restoration to Achieve NDCsDecentralised cooperation in the Mediterranean: a multidimensional approach to forest protection and sustainable managementAn integrated Strategy to assess Mediterranean forest ecosystemsCarbon Neutrality in the Mediterranean RegionAdvances in forest restoration, management and adaptation in the North American Mediterranean Climate Zone

The Paris Agreement in Action: Upscaling Forest and Landscape Restoration to Achieve NDCs – Results and Future Pathways in the Mediterranean region

Organisers: FAO, UfM

Speakers: TBC

Description:

“The Mediterranean region holds over 80 million hectares of degraded land. More than 400,000 hectares of forests are burned each year, and at least 16 animal and plant species in Mediterranean forests are at risk of extinction, due to environmental threats such as climate change. Forests play a key role in providing and protecting ecosystem services and biodiversity. The maintenance of healthy forested landscapes is essential for reducing the impacts of climate change. Effective planning, implementation, and monitoring of large-scale programmes mainstreaming Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) and promoting joint mitigation and adaptation approaches are critical to achieving climate and restoration goals in the Mediterranean region.

The project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Ministry of the Environment. “The Paris Agreement in action: upscaling forest and landscape restoration to achieve nationally determined contributions” (2018-2024) is building regional and national capacity in three designated regions. This also includes the Mediterranean region, with Lebanon and Morocco as key focus countries. The IKI-funded project aimed at increasing restoration efforts through the creation of an enabling environment focused on pilot activities that apply suitable FLR approaches on how best to contribute to the achievement of national and global restoration targets, as set out by the National Determined Contributions (NDCs), the Bonn Challenge, Aichi Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For its relevance at the Mediterranean level, the project was labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), as it directly contributes to the implementation of the Ministerial Declaration of the UfM on environmental and climate action which was adopted by the 42 countries of the UfM in Cairo on 4 October 2021. In particular, and as part of its operational tool, the Thematic Axis 3 of the GreenerMed Agenda, it aims at protecting, preserving, managing, and restoring the natural resources of the Mediterranean region through an integrated ecosystem approach.

The project, started in 2018, came to the conclusion and the side event will be the occasion to showcase the results at both regional and national level. It will also an opportunity to discuss how these results fit into the Mediterranean regional and international framework and the way forward.”

Room: P. Gil


Decentralised cooperation in the Mediterranean: a multidimensional approach to forest protection and sustainable management

Organisers: DIBA, EFI

Speakers: TBC

Description:

“This session aims to collaboratively create a strategy for decentralised development cooperation in the Mediterranean, focusing on forests and sustainable environmental management. Through an interactive roundtable discussion, the participants will work to identify intervention areas, explore constraints and opportunities, learn how to engage stakeholders, and discuss how to best create strategic links between local and national plans.

Particular attention will be given to how regional, provincial, and municipal authorities can assume a critical role in forging partnerships with local actors in recipient countries to better address the issues faced by the target communities. The roundtable discussion will allow to showcase some best practices of development cooperation projects animated by local authorities in the area of sustainable environmental management.

By bringing together actors from different backgrounds and diverse expertise, this session will explore how development cooperation initiatives can contribute to foster sustainable forest management in Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries. “

Room: 1-2 basement


An integrated Strategy to assess Mediterranean forest ecosystems

Organisers: AIFM

Speakers: TBC

Description:

“Major regional institutions focusing on forest research and management will present their recent cooperation efforts to provide advances in their selection of criteria and indicators to include in an integrated strategy for assessment and monitoring of forest ecosystems in the Mediterranean region.

The side event will present the advances made in the following fields:

  • The knowledge base on the extent and condition of forests in the Mediterranean region
  • The guidelines, criteria, and indicators selected towards forest protection, restoration, and resilience

The objective of the side event is to inform regional actors on the advance in a Mediterranean wide Strategy setting (in the context of a running EUROMED project: StrategyMedFor) as well as priority forest conservation and restoration actions being envisaged in the Balkan region.”

Room: 1902 basement


Carbon Neutrality in the Mediterranean Region

Organisers: Lebanon Reforestation Initiative

Speakers: TBC

Description:

“Under the Hanns Seidel Foundation regional network, Carbon Neutrality is one of the main objectives that partners are working on, discussing challenges and opportunities and learning from each other’s experience. With increasing pressures posed by Climate Change, and all the country commitments to UNFCC that are yet to be met, thinking together of how we can approach Carbon Neutrality, reduce carbon emissions and improve offset efforts is important. Reporting and proper data collection is another challenge that needs mainstreaming to ensure efforts done are properly reflected and accounted for. This side event is yet another opportunity to share the work undertaken in Lebanon and Egypt and discuss with the Mediterranean Forest Week partners ways forward on the carbon topic and how it affects forest restoration and conservation.

The Lebanon Reforestation Initiative (LRI) is a member of the HSS RNCC and is currently supporting on the coordination for the Carbon Neutrality objective. In addition, LRI has been working with the Ministry of Environment-Lebanon and UNDP to develop a national carbon offset reporting tool that will be shared during this side event.”

Room: 1 first floor


Advances in forest restoration, management and adaptation in the North American Mediterranean Climate Zone

Organisers: University of California-Davis

Speakers: TBC

Description:

The North American Mediterranean Climate Zone (NAMCZ) includes most of California, southwest Oregon, and westernmost Nevada in the United States, and the northern portion of Baja California in Mexico. The NAMCZ is the most similar of the world’s five MCZs to the Mediterranean Basin, based on strong biogeographic connections and similar biota, as well as important cultural connections linked to the original Spanish colonization and more recent migration of people and ideas between Europe and the US West Coast. However, collaborative efforts in applied science and fire and resource management are surprisingly underdeveloped between the two regions. We propose to present a menu of recent initiatives in applied science from the NAMCZ, in the interest of providing “food for thought” and a basis for cooking up new collaborations between scientists and managers in the Mediterranean Basin and the NAMCZ.

Room: 2 first floor