Description of the sessions

After the success of the previous editions of the Mediterranean Forest Weeks, Morocco is hosting this fifth edition focused on the restoration of Mediterranean forests and landscapes, entitled “Towards an enhanced regional cooperation to restore Mediterranean landscapes: improving resilience for the benefit of people and environment”.

More details on each session in the booklet.

And more details on the meeting rooms here: Meeting rooms

Session 1: Opening Ceremony ( Atlas room)- March 20th, 2017 - 11:00 to 12:50 - FAO

The objective of this opening ceremony will be to welcome participants and to give an overview of the 5 MFW with the welcome remarks of the President of the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions – Silva Mediterranea. This session will also allow to well inform participants on the global, regional and scientific contexts of Forest and Landscape Restoration.

Session 2: Context, global initiatives and regional dynamics / Evaluation of forest degradation (Atlas room)- March 20th, 2017 - 14 :30 to 16 :30 - FAO and HCEFLCD

he purpose of this session is to set up the Mediterranean scene within the context of international commitments and the regional initiatives focusing on the Mediterranean region, and to acknowledge how Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) can contribute to achieve international targets in the context of the Rio Conventions. Building up on the current efforts in the region, the aim is to search for opportunities of “regionalization” of the Bonn Challenge in the Mediterranean to identify the value for countries to be part of a regional initiative. It will be also the opportunity to show the results of the Global Drylands Assessment in the Mediterranean region; as well as to see how the SFMF has been implemented according to the strategic line 6 on restoration, if the recommendations proposed have been followed and if the expected results have been reached.

Session 3: Ceremony for the International Day of Forests  – March 21th, 2017 – 9:00 to 11:00

Session 4: “State of play; success stories; Mediterranean restoration baseline” (Atlas room plenary)- March 21st, 2017 – 11:00-13:00 - AIFM, Plan Bleu, FAO, CTFC

The session on the status of restoration in the Mediterranean, the second plenary session of the week, aims to shed light on the activities related to restoration at the regional level, illustrating the main principles presented at the first Session on Monday afternoon. This session will be structured around two oral interventions, accompanied by concrete examples of restoration initiatives, successful or not.

  • Part 1: restoration state of play - an overview of the Mediterranean situation Based on the work carried out by the Drylands team of the FAO Forestry Department, the first part of the session will focus on an overview of restoration in the Mediterranean and highlight the tools, needs and possible gaps. This first part will also be an opportunity to present the work carried out now or foreseen in the near future by Working Group 8 of the Silva Mediterranea Committee, named “Desertification and Restoration of the Mediterranean Drylands”.
  • Part 2: examples of recent or ongoing restoration initiatives The second part of the session aims to shed some concrete light, through the presentation of practical cases of restoration initiatives carried out recently or still in progress. These initiatives should be both successful examples (dissemination of good practices) and others that have not worked (identification of difficulties, and potential solutions). Finally, a synthesis will identify priorities and paths for future action.

Session 5: Identification of restoration opportunities (methods and practical cases) (2/3 Atlas room) - March 21st, 2017 - 14:30 to 16:30 - FAO, IUCN-MED

Provide tools and examples to identify Opportunities for ecological restoration that at the same time improve biodiversity conservation and have a positive impact in human livelihoods.

Session 6 “Restoration state of play in the Mediterranean: focus on local governance – issues, methods and concrete cases” (Taj Mahal room)- March 21st, 2017 – 14:30-16:30 - AIFM, Plan Bleu & EFIMED

For the United Nations Development Programme, governance is “the exercise of economic, political and administrative authority to manage a country’s affairs at all levels. It comprises the mechanisms, processes and institutions, through which citizens and groups articulate their interests, exercise their legal rights, meet their obligations and mediate their differences” (cited in Plan Bleu, 2014). The session devoted to local governance, an integral part of the restoration state of play in the Mediterranean (Tuesday morning session), aims to provide examples of concrete and successful cases of Mediterranean forest and landscapes restoration initiatives that have addressed the issue of governance during their implementation, with a view to disseminating good practices (successful cases) and identifying

Session 7: Field trip – March 22nd, 2017 – More information to come

The objectives of this session will be the following:

• Exchange view on successful approaches to stakeholder engagement and the role of green-value chains in forest restorations

• To get inspire by existing relevant experiences in green entrepreneurship

• To discuss the need to mobilise the restoration research community towards innovation and green entrepreneurship.

Session 8: Monitoring and evaluation of impacts (Atlas room plenary)- March 23rd, 2017 - 09:00 to 11:00 - FAO, GPFLR member

The objectives of the session will be:

• Exchange about the needs and challenges regarding monitoring and evaluation of Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) through concrete study cases.

• Discuss the relevant indicators and frameworks where the monitoring and evaluation of FLR can be included, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (in particular target 15.3) and the FLR collaborative roadmap.

Session 9: Perspectives and obstacles to the funding of restoration (Atlas room plenary)– March 23rd, 2017 – 11:00 to 18:00

Sharing lessons learned and good practices on FLR financing innovations from the Mediterranean region and beyond;

• Identifying risks and barriers limiting FLR financing and proposing risk mitigation solutions;

• Presenting and discussing emerging financing opportunities from climate and LDN finance;

• Specifying the key elements of a financing strategy

Session 10: High level segment  (Atlas room plenary)– March 24th, 2017 – 9:00 to 13:00 - The Global Mechanism, FAO, AIFM, Plan Bleu

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