During the biennial meeting of the Mediterranean Model Forest Network (MMFN) in Lebannon, April 1-4, 2019, the regional Secretariat of the MMFN was officially transferred from Castilla y León region in Spain to the Tuscany Region in Italy
The International Model Forest Network Secretariat would like to thank Spain, and specifically Cesefor for their leadership and many contributions over an 11-year period as the Secretariat of the MMFN. We recognize Cesefor for their outstanding work to grow the regional Mediterranean network from one site (Urbión in Castilla y León) to what it is today – a network of seven Model Forests in six countries.
We welcome and look forward to building a long and enriching relationship with Tuscany region — a strong ally and voice for Mediterranean Model Forests as well as the International Network –with its dynamic Montagne Fiorentine Model Forest, a champion in sustainable solutions for economic diversification, and the very exciting ongoing process of developing Italy’s second Model Forest – Media Valle dell’Aterno.
The biennial meeting, organized by Cesefor, also provided an opportunity for representatives of Model Forests from the Mediterranean region, Northern Europe as well as members of the Collaborative Partnership for the Mediterranean Forest and representatives from like-minded organisations to share progress on local landscape activities and work together to develop regional priorities of common interest. The 20 plus participants from 10 countries identified synergies in areas such as: non-timber wood products and marketing; sustainable economic development initiatives; facilitating collaboration between protected areas, industry and the application of research for improving natural resource management practices. Given the diversity and complexity across the region, participants concluded bilateral efforts would be a preferred and more practical approach to support future work in these areas.