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Pilot participatory management approaches in woodland areas in Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey: lessons learned and potential applications across the Mediterranean

Under Component 3 (Development of local, participatory modes of governance for Mediterranean woodland ecosystems) of the FGEF project (Optimising the production of goods and services by Mediterranean forests in a context of global changes), the five partner countries involved (Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia and Turkey) designed and tested participatory approaches and innovative governance structures for the sustainable management and socio-economic development of their woodlands on carefully selected pilot sites.

This regional report was written in the framework of Component 3 (Development of local, participatory modes of governance for Mediterranean woodland ecosystems) of the FGEF project ( Optimising the production of goods and services by Mediterranean forests in a context of global changes) proposed by the FAO Silva Mediterranea Committee and Plan Bleu, and financed by the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF), for implementation between 2012 and 2016.

Objectives of the regional report:

  1. Present a summary of the similarities and differences of the participatory approaches implemented on each of the pilot sites under Component 3 of the FGEF project, i.e. Chréa National Park in Algeria, Bentael Nature Reserve in Lebanon, Maâmora Forest in Morocco, Barbara catchment area in Tunisia and Düzlerçamı Forest in Turkey: characteristics of the pilot sites, the approaches launched and activities conducted, results obtained and main lessons learned (strengths and limits of the approaches).
  2. Make recommendations to promote the continuity of consultation measures on the pilot sites and/or to replicate them on other sites, at national and Mediterranean level, in order to promote the incorporation of participatory approaches into public policies and woodland development and management processes, for the integrated and concerted multi-functional management of these areas.

This report is for everyone interested in the FGEF project and issues concerning the participatory management of territories and natural resources, such as managers, public or private owners, companies or individual or collective users, in all sectors of activity, in particular, forestry, agriculture, water management, protection of fauna and flora, tourism and leisure, etc. In particular, forest managers and decision-makers from the Mediterranean region will find key information that could guide policies and decisions for the integrated and concerted multi-functional management of woodlands, and possibilities for discussion and action.

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