Follow up of the Tlemcen declaration

Organization: FAO

Chair: Mr. Mohamed Seghir Noual (DGF Algeria)

Rapporteur: Mr. Christophe BesacIer (FAO)

Facilitator: Ms. Christine Farcy (University of Louvain)

 

Background

The Third Mediterranean Forest Week (III MFW) held in Tlemcen (Algeria) from 17 to 21 March 2013 was particularly important in the history of Mediterranean Forests for the adoption of the “Tlemcen Declaration” and the presentation of the document entitled “Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests: policy orientations for integrated management of forest ecosystems in Mediterranean landscapes” (SFMF).

Under the patronage of the Minister of Agriculture of Algeria, more than 300 participants from 15 countries accepted the Tlemcen declaration, a two-page paper which reflects the strong political support that the Mediterranean countries are committing to the sustainable development of forests, and devoted themselves to implement the recommendations of the “Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests”, which reflect the need for a more intense regional cooperation in the Mediterranean. The Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests is a document composed by a rationale and nine strategic lines outlining the threats for the forests and addressing the problems and enormous challenges of the future.

The SFMF has three main objectives:

1. Developing and promoting goods and services provided by forest ecosystems and other wooded lands in the Mediterranean region;

2. Promoting the resilience of these forest ecosystems and other wooded lands in the Mediterranean to face global changes;

3. Enhancing capacity of stakeholders and the resources mobilization necessary for the sustainable management of forest ecosystems and other wooded lands in the Mediterranean.

Each of the three main objectives propose the implementation of three key strategic lines with expected results and concrete recommendations addressed to decision makers for the sustainable management of forest ecosystems and other wooded lands in the Mediterranean:

1) Developing and promoting goods and services provided by forest ecosystems and other wooded lands in the Mediterranean through implementation of the following strategic lines:

  • Improve sustainable production of goods and services by Mediterranean forests;
  • Enhance the role of Mediterranean forests in rural development;
  • Promote forest governance and land tenure reform in Mediterranean landscapes;

2) Promoting resilience of forest ecosystems and other wooded lands in the Mediterranean to face global changes through the implementation of the following strategic lines:

3) Enhancing capacity of stakeholders and the resources mobilization necessary for the sustainable management of forest ecosystems and other wooded lands in the Mediterranean through the implementation of the following strategic lines:

  • Develop knowledge, training and communication on Mediterranean forests;
  • Reinforce international cooperation on Mediterranean forests;
  • Adapt existing financing schemes and develop innovative mechanisms to support implementation of forest policies and programs on Mediterranean forests.

Objectives

The purpose of this session entitled “Follow up of the Tlemcen Declaration” is to analyze the level of implementation of the Tlemcen Declaration and of the several expected results of the “Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests” in Mediterranean countries (intersectoral, cooperation, financing mechanisms instruments, innovation in the forest sector, etc).

One of the key results of this session should be to appreciate: how dynamic/programs/ policies under review or implementation in the countries around the Mediterranean are in line with the guidelines of the ‘Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests’ and the recommendations of the Declaration of Tlemcen

Contact

Mr. Christophe Besacier (FAOChristophe.Besacier@fao.org 

 

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