CIHEAM attends the 4th Union for the Mediterranean Ministerial Conference
The CIHEAM participated to the 4th UfM Ministerial Conference on Employment and Labour and contributed to the side-Event “The employment of Mediterranean university graduates: Bridging the employability gap between advanced skills and markets” that took place in Cascais (Portugal) from 1 to 3 April.
CIHEAM invited to Morocco’s International Agriculture Show
At the invitation of Mr Mohamed Sadiki, President of the CIHEAM Governing board and Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests of the Kingdom of Morocco, the CIHEAM participated in Morocco’s International Agriculture Show (SIAM) held in Meknes from April 16 to 21, 2019. This year, the Show focused on: “Agriculture, a Lever of Employment and the Future of the Rural World”.
Mediterranean forests are fragile ecosystems, threatened by climate change and human activities. Landslides, storms, droughts, erosion, overgrazing, agriculture, fires and overexploitation are putting these areas at risk—yet, forests can significantly contribute to biodiversity protection and resilience to climate crises. Medforval, a network funded by the MAVA Foundation, tackles these urgent issues by bringing different actors together, exchanging knowledge and good practices.
Enhancing the collaboration among forest actors in the Mediterranean basin is the key for real change. This is the belief that will guide the work of the Network for the next 12 months under the coordination of Istituto Oikos, an NGO based in Milan, Italy. In the current 2019-2020 stage, labelled Relaunching Medforval, the collaboration and the exchange of good practices among the Network members will be ensured as a continuation of the work done in 2015-2018 under the previous coordination by AIFM (Association Internationale Forêts Méditerranéennes). The 18 forest sites will also work to foster the sustainability of the Network through fundraising and the active contribution of all the member sites to the life of the Network. The Samaria National Park (Crete) is one of these sites, and it is being managed by the CIHEAM Chania as well as by the Samaria National Park Management Body.
This second phase officially started in May 2019 and culminated in the meeting that took place in Milan, Italy, on 23-26September when 16 out of 18 member sites met to exchange ideas and define strategies for the next steps—with the common goal of protecting, managing and restoring Mediterranean forests with high ecological value.
“With such a competent network—Serena Arduino, coordinator of Medforval, says— we are optimistic for the year to come. The Network restarts with energy. The first goal is to raise funds and understand how to communicate the role of Mediterranean forests and to manage and protect them more effectively.”
On Friday 29th March 2019, Professor Mohammed Sadiki met with Professor Masum Burak in the CIHEAM Headquarters in Paris, France. Pr Sadiki, whose term as CIHEAM President begins on the 1st of April 2019, was invited to the ceremony of handover by Pr Burak. The former President said that as the CIHEAM is before all a “big family”, he will not “really leave it”
Meeting of the CIHEAM Secretary General and the FAO Director General
Mr. José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the FAO met today with Mr. Plácido Plaza Secretary General of the CIHEAM (International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies) at UNESCO in parallel to the symposium that took place on “Taste at the service of consumer health and sustainable territorial development”. They exchanged about their ongoing and future common projects and explored ways to strengthen their strategic partnership for the Mediterranean region.
Visit of the CIHEAM Secretary General to Bari Institute
The Secretary-General of the CIHEAM, Plácido Plaza, went to Italy between the 13 and the 15 of March. The first step of this visit took place at the CIHEAM Bari where he held discussions with the teams working on the ground. The second step took place in Rome where meetings were organised at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).