MEDfOR - Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management
A two-year world-class Erasmus Mundus Master Course Programme that answers a call for a coordinated approach throughout the Mediterranean basin to develop reliable information and tools - based on sound science and a multidisciplinary approach, in order to improve Mediterranean forestry and natural resources management and policy-making.
The MEDfOR emphasis is on educating the leaders of the future generation of engineers, managers, researchers, and teachers involved in Mediterranean forestry and natural resources management. MEDfOR equips students with a solid scientific habilitation and the competences for careers in innovative fields of work within the Mediterranean forestry supply chain. It will both provide the basis needed for students to pursue academic opportunities (e.g. PhD program) and the qualifications needed to fill positions in all Mediterranean forestry supply chain segments (e.g. forestry and natural resources organizations, either public or private, either national or international).
The MEDfOR Consortium and Consultation panel
MEDfOR is organized by a Consortium that includes seven globally top ranked universities with complementary expertise to address the Mediterranean forestry supply chain key challenges:
- Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
- University of Padova, Italy
- University of Lleida, Spain
- University of Valladolid, Spain
- Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey
- University of Tuscia, Italy
- Catholic University of Portugal, Portugal
The MEDfOR Consortium is supported by a consultation panel that includes leading international research and outreach organizations in all scientific areas of interest to Mediterranean forestry and natural resources management. The seven associated partners are: European Forest Institute Mediterranean regional office (EFIMED), Spain, Ecole Nationale Forestière d'Ingénieur (ENFI), Morocco, Institut National de Recherche en Génie Rural, Eaux et Forets (INRGREF), Tunisia, Forest Technology Center of Catalonia (CTFC), Spain, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) - Unité de Recherche Ecologie des Forêts Méditerranéennes, France, and the International Centre of Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (Greece) Cesefor, Centro de Servicios y Promoción Forestal y de su Industria de Castilla y Léon (Spain).
The consultation panel is coordinated by EFIMED and in order to enhance and strengthen the interaction of MEDfOR with stakeholders and the Mediterranean forest community it further includes key stakeholders such as the Mediterranean Forest Owners Association (arcMED), the World Wildlife Fund Mediterranean Office (WWFMed), the Association Internationale Forêt Méditerranéenne (AIFM), the Mediterranean Model Forest Network (MMFN), Forestis-Portuguese Forestry Association and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Erasmus Mundus Programme
MEDfOR is part of the Erasmus Mundus Programme initiated by the European Commission. The Erasmus Mundus Programme is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and promote intercultural understanding.
Read more about the Erasmus Mundus Programme at the European Commission’s web site where you can also find a useful FAQ table, studies, statistics and other useful information about the programme.