Optimizing the production of goods and services by Mediterranean forests in a context of global changes

Support stakeholders in Mediterranean woodland management and rehabilitation in order to ensure the sustainable provision of forest goods and services. 

Forest goods and services: an important issue in the Mediterranean

The forests of the six partner countries - Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey - cover a total surface area of almost 19 million hectares. These woodlands contribute mainly to the fight against poverty, the socio-economic development of rural areas, the food security and the cultural and recreational heritage.

Forest management strategies do not take the impact of climate change adequately into account as managers lack specific and operational knowledge. The value of the services provided by the ecosystems must be better recognized:

  • At the local level, by the local population,
  • At the national level, by other economic sectors benefiting,
  • At the international level, absence in the REDD+ negotiations.

Five focus areas adopted as priorities

Two project managers: Plan Bleu and the Secretariat of the FAO Committee Silva Mediterranea

The project is conducted under the umbrella of the regional cooperation framework, which consists of the FAO committee on Mediterranean forestry issues - Silva Mediterranea and the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests.

This project is funded by the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF) and jointly funded by GIZ (the German agency for international cooperation), the European Union and the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

Project ownership has been jointly entrusted to Plan Bleu (for components 2, 3 and 5) and the Secretariat of the FAO committee Silva Mediterranea (for components 1, 4 and 5).

Encourage exchanges by implementing activities on pilot sites

Each project component is structured according to the following approach:

This approach is fundamental to provide concrete answers to forest managers while offering - and promoting on the international scene - a regional political and strategic reading of the sustainable management of Mediterranean forest ecosystems.

The selected pilot sites are:
  • Algeria: Djelfa and Chréa
  • Lebanon: Jabal Moussa
  • Morocco: Maamora
  • Tunisia: Barbara and Siliana
  • Turkey: Düzlerçami


Agence Française de Développement 

French Global Environment Facility

Secretariat of FAO Committee Silva Mediterranea

French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry

German Coopération (GIZ)

More information

Project document (in French)

Project's publications

Mediterranean forests:Towards a better recognition of the economic and social value of goods and services through participative governance

- Assessment of the socio-economic value of goods and services provided by Mediterranean forest ecosystems:

Parc national de Chréa - Algérie 
Forêt de la Maâmora - Maroc 
Biosphère de Jabal Moussa - Liban 
Düzlerçami Forest - Turkey

- Improving Mediterranean woodland areas governance through participative approaches implementation:

Parc national de Chréa, Algérie
Forêt de la Maâmora, Maroc 
Bentael Natural Reserve, Lebanon 
Bassin versant de Barbara, Tunisie 
Düzlerçami Forest - Turkey