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The International Association for Mediterranean Forests (AIFM) manages and actively encourages a network comprising organizations,and individuals from different backgrounds (foresters, environmentalists, scientists, politicians, civil security agents) and non-experts, in order to enhance cross-scale understanding of the issues related to Mediterranean forests.

Each of the issues related to Mediterranean forests (fire and flood prevention, sustainable land management and planning, governance, preservation and promotion of biodiversity, adaptation to climate change effects, innovation and development of new markets…) more or less directly concerns or involves many social groups and professionals (forest owners, breeders, farmers, environmentalists, local elected officials, planners, managers of natural areas, public…).

Therefore, in order to address the various issues of the Mediterranean forest, the International Association for Mediterranean Forests (AIFM), founded in 1996, has set as its goal to promote effective knowledge, experiences or ideas exchange on these topics, based on a cross-field, multidisciplinary and international approach. For that, AIFM works, inter alia, for the development of decentralized cooperative initiatives.

AIFM comprises:

  • 3000 contacts in the Mediterranean (25 Mediterranean countries represented) who receive regular information on Mediterranean forests,

  • around 100 members who support the AIFM’s activities,

  • 30 local or international partners with whom the AIFM regularly cooperates,

  • 8 financial partners: French Ministries of Agriculture (MAAPRAT) and Environment (MEEDDM), Region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Department of Bouches-du-Rhône, FAO (Silva Mediterranea), Forest Technology Center of Catalonia, European Union (ERDF), Fondation MAVA pour la nature.

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