Partnership


PROFORBIOMED has reached a complete geographic coverage integrating national, regional and local partners that cover the most important forest areas in the MED territories, including 4 national bodies, 5 regional bodies and 3 local authorities (and other 6 different structures). This strategy tries to imply in the project all related stakeholders, to include all needs of the MED areas and actors in the project and to increase the transferability of the project results. This multi-level approach is replicated in every country participating (Spain, Portugal France, Italy, Greece and Slovenia), where at least two of the different levels (national, regional, local) are represented and where the partners have been chosen to represent different key forest areas and/or to complement its work in the same area:
  • SPAIN: the coverage includes regional bodies from three different regions (two in Murcia, Valencia and Cataluña) and a local authority (in Valencia region), covering the whole East Mediterranean coast of Spain. All the regional bodies are responsible for the forest management, being also the local authority in charge of forest areas;
  • FRANCE: a regional body focused on forest ownership (Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur) and an international association for Mediterranean forests, AIFM;
  • ITALY: A regional environmental body (ISPRA from Lazio), the forest regional administration of Sicilia, and other body (Fundation Lombardia) with international geographic coverage;
  • SLOVENIA: a national forestry institution and a local energy agency (Spodnje, from the Podravje region);
  • GREECE: a regional body (Western Macedonia), a regional-based university (Western Macedonia) and a local body (Patras, from Western Greece);
  • PORTUGAL: a national forestry authority (regional office of Algarve), a regional-based university (Algarve) and a local authority (ALGAR, from ALGARVE region).
The two international-oriented bodies (FLA in Italy and AIFM in France) are expected to support an effective transnational approach of the project activities. This transnational approach is also supported by the two universities (Western Macedonia (Greece) and D. Alfonso III (Portugal)) and from many of the other participants, that have a wide experience in transnational activities, including other European cooperation initiatives.

Regarding the pilot activities, the different areas and partners have been selected with two different criteria:
  • To cover all the different ranges of organization and management of the forests in the MED area, from local to national-international.
  • To develop joint or complementary pilot activities by different partners in the same areas.

Some of the 13 different pilot activities will be developed jointly by different partners in the same area. On the other hand, the same pilot project will be developed in different areas to test different approaches. Finally, some partners will make complementary works in the same pilot action.
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