Adapting forest policies to climate change in the MENA region for optimizing the sustainable provision of Mediterranean forests' goods and services for populations.
Description/achievement of initiative

-Forest related policies and strategies are adapted to allow an efficient answer to climate change in the MENA region.

-Better intersectoral cooperation enables the committed countries to better use their forests as a solution to mitigate climate
change and also to adapt territories and societies to its effects.

-Forests of the MENA region play a bigger role in the green economy by creating sustainable jobs and added value.

-The awareness of the general public regarding the importance of forests' goods and services has increased and the MENA forest sector can rely on the support of the civil society.

Implementation methodologies

In the framework of the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests (CPMF), initiatives will drive changes towards this commitment. Among them two projects have been requested and developed by the countries involved in the CPMF:

1.The regional project « Adapting Forest Policy Conditions to Climate Change in the MENA Region with the support of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), with four components :

1)Reinforcing capacities of forest administrations regarding climate change
2)Supporting inter-institutional relations with other sectors
3)Developing communication, information and awareness-raising in the general public
4)Strengthening mobilization of external support and partnerships

2.The regional project « Optimizing the production of goods and services by Mediterranean forests in the context of global changes' with the financial support of the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM), and the operational support of FAO and Plan Bleu, with five components :
1)Supporting decision and management regarding the vulnerability of Mediterranean forests to global change
2)Valuing the economic and social values of goods and services provided by Mediterranean forests
3)Developing participative territorial approaches for forest governance
4)Optimizing the provision of goods and services by Mediterranean forests
5)Supporting to the coordination and communication activities of the CPMF


Ministry of Agriculture of Algeria/General Directorate of Forestry;
Ministry of Agriculture of Lebanon/Directorate of Rural Development and Natural Resources;
High Commissariat for Water, Forestry and Combating Desertification of Morocco;
Ministry of Agriculture of Tunisia/General Directorate of Forestry;
Ministry of Water and Forestry of Turkey/General Directorate of Forestry

and all 16 organizations involved in the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests (CPMF)

Deliverable Date
Adapted forest policies in at least three countries: forest policies integrate climate change and the importance of forests? goods and services for partner sectors. 31/12/2015
The policies and or strategies of non-forest sectors integrate and acknowledge the importance of forests' goods and services in the context of climate change (in at least three countries). 31/12/2015
Various medias from the MENA region inform (TV, press, radio) through more than 50 articles/year the general public on the importance of forests' goods and services and the potential impacts of climate change. 31/12/2015
At least four adaptation measures or projects have been developed as a result of the regional cooperation. 31/12/2015
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
In-kind contribution 4 M Eur (GIZ) + 2,65 M Eur (AFD/FFEM) + 1,5 M Eur (UE) + 0,35 M Eur (MAAPRAT)
In-kind contribution CPMF organizations : French Development Agency (AFD)/French Global Environmental Facility (FFEM), Association Internationale Forêts Méditerranéennes (AIFM), Centre international de hautes études agronomiques méditerranéennes (CIHEAM), Forest Technoloy Cen
Staff / Technical expertise Alltogether (two regional projects) : about 10 staff (technical expertise + administrative support)
Financing (in USD) $8,500,000

Ludwig Liagre, Advisor / GIZ,

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