The consultation panel is coordinated by the Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute EFIMED.

The experience of collaboration between the HEIs partners and the associated partners is extensive. The latter bring significant and specific added value to MEDfOR. In general the associated partner roles include:

  1. Participation in the MEDfOR consultation panel,
  2. Participation in the definition of MEDfOR contents according to their area of expertise,
  3. Participation in the selection of dissertation topics,
  4. Hosting and co-supervision of dissertation work
  5. Attendance of MEDfOR administrative and scientific meetings when relevant,
  6. Participation in the promotion of the MEDfOR programme.

Bursa Technical University  is a public research university in Bursa, Turkey. Established in 2010, it is country's fifthTechnical University. The university consists of six faculties, two institutes and a school. It started education in the 2011-12 semester. 

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Cesefor is a research center currently working with a technical team with an extensive and varied training. Our individual and collective experiences have enabled us to build a great multidisciplinary team.

The current economic scenario reinforces our mission to contribute to the sustainable development of forestry and industry that transforms forest resources, with an eye on job creation, added value and utilization, protection and promotion of natural resources.

Our objectives are to:

  • Improve the management and use of forest resources;
  • Improve the competitiveness and development of our industry.
  • Increase the degree of sustainable industrialization of our forest products.
  • Be the center of services that support forestry and its industry in order to analyze and implement measures that contribute to its development.
  • Promote the creation of quality jobs in rural areas.”
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“CSIRO is Australia's national science organisation and one of the largest and most diverse scientific research organisations in the world. Research focuses on the biggest challenges facing the nation. CSIRO also manages national research infrastructure and collections.”

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“Faculty within the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences conduct research on Pennsylvania’s forests, wildlife and fisheries, soils, and watersheds. Our research scientists work together in an inter-disciplinary approach to create new knowledge and provide students with a scientific foundation for professional careers managing these natural resources."

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“ECM Environmental Engineering  is a Technology Based Company focused on the sustainable management of mycological resources. ECM is a small medium enterprise leader in the promotion of this non wood forest product, that plays an important role (social and economic) in rural forest areas.

ECM Environment Engineering projects are focussed in 4 main areas:

Mycology: Management of mycological resources, sustainable use of wild edible mushroom resources in forest ecosystems, training and knowledge courses to consider fungi resource as alternative in rural development.

Integral forestry management of forest stands: Boosting the creation of NEW FORESTS projects, in connection with productivity of wood and non-wood Forest products in a whole way.

Environmental engineering: Development of studies and projects that promote environmental sustainability.

R+D+i: Development of research projects for sustainable management of forest resources. The main R+D+i activities are focused on mycological productivity, new mycorrhization techniques for nursery plants, fungi cultivation, marketing and healthy uses of fungi, biological stump degradation techniques, CO2 fixation in forest ecosystems and the quantification of mitigation and adaptation processes in forest ecosystems.”

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“The National School of Forest Engineers has as its mission i) the preparation of Forest Engineers, ii) create expertise and continues training; iii) the development of research work with a wide application in forestry strategies and implementation of projects in mountain areas.”

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“The European Forest Institute is an international organisation, established by European States, with 29 European States members.

EFI facilitates and stimulates forest-related networking and promotes the dissemination of unbiased and policy-relevant information on forests and forestry.

It also advocates for forest research and for the use of scientifically sound information as a basis for forest policies.

The Mediterranean, with its distinctive ecological and social characteristics, has untapped potential to contribute to the leading role played by the forest sector in the global bioeconomy. Thematic research and networking at EFI’s Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED) focuses on creating sustainable value from Mediterranean forested landscapes.”

www.efi.int

The Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute (EEFRI) is an autonomous federal research institute established with the following four main objectives: 

  1. Identify, import, adapt, utilize and generate technologies that significantly contribute to forest development and environmental protection focusing on the priorities of the country and demand of users.
  2. Coordinate the environment and forest research activities carried out by environment and forest research centers or higher learning institutes and other related facilities conducting research on the basis of contract.
  3. Build capacity and establish a system that enables the environment and forest research activities to be efficient, effective and development-oriented.
  4. Disseminate the environment and forest research outputs to users.”
www.eefri.org

“Etifor is a spin-off company at the University of Padova that provides international consulting services to help organizations grasp the full value of the products and services provided by

forests and other natural resources. Etifor’s team improves the economic, environmental and social benefits of policies, projects and investments through applied science, proactive innovation and good governance and works with national and international clients such as Private companies; Public administration and organizations; and NGO and no-profit organizations.

Etifor operates in the following main areas:

  • Responsible management - applying policy and market solutions for the sustainable management of ecosystem products and services;
  • Sustainable investments - connecting impact investors to innovative nature-based projects and start-ups;
  • Local development - linking natural beauty and cultural landscapes using participatory and good governance approaches.”

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The European Agroforestry Federation (EURAF) aims at promoting the use of trees on farms as well as any kind of silvopastoralism throughout the different environmental regions of Europe. EURAF has about 280 members from 20 different European countries.

EURAF’s aim to promote the adoption of agroforestry practices across Europe by:

  • Any communication means, including lobbying for agroforestry adapted policies at the European scale.
  • Organizing a bi-annual conference.
  • Sending an electronic newsletter to all members.
  • Managing a dedicated website, with functionalities to share information, scientific results and policy issues on agroforestry.
  • Achieving specific agreements with national and international agroforestry societies or other related societies for the exchange of information and the organization of joint congresses, symposiums and seminars.
  • Meeting monthly to delineate actions to target awareness of agroforestry systems mainly at policy level.”
  • Promoting events and participate in research projects providing networking throughout Europe.”

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"The Department of Forest and Wood Science of the Faculty of AgroScience is perceived as the leading forestry institution in forestry education and research in Africa. It is situated at Stellenbosch University, which ranks amongst the best ranked African Universities. The University with 30 000 students is a research driven university with a strong teaching component. It is the only tertiary institution in South Africa that offers a full forestry program from the BSc up to the PhD level. Through its pivotal role the Department has a deep outreach into Africa, with long established collaborations in many African countries. The Department is also involved in several COST actions and has long standing research partnerships with several European Universities.
The Department of Forest and Wood Science is situated in the Western Cape, which is the only Mediterranean region on the African continent south of the Sahara and that shares not only climatic but also several forestry specific issues with the European Mediterranean countries. To name some fire vulnerability and management of forests, drought stress, rural interaction of agriculture and forestry, plantation forestry and sustainable land-use concepts are common interests of research.
Research wise the full forest–wood value chain is covered by the Department with climate change, precision forestry, sustainable land-use management, bio-energy and wood quality along the value chain as overarching research focus areas."

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“FBS is a spin-off from CTFC - Forest Technology Center of Catalonia, Spain”

“FBS performs analysis services, laboratory essays and expertise assessment linked to the technical and scientific activity of the CTFC. The company is mainly focused in six knowledge sectors:

  • Agroforest biofuel services and forest exploitations- Biofuel Laboratory
  • Soil and fertilisation services
  • Wood materials and structure inspection and diagnosis
  • Advanced technology services regarding the wood sector
  • Truffle farming services. Methods to evaluate the plant quality and the state of the mycorrhize of Quercus Ilex trees inoculated with Tuber melanosporum
  • Integral Management Services of forestry plantations and reforestation (lush blossoms).
  • Laboratory services CTFC – INCAFUST.”

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“The Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC), based in Solsona (Lleida), was initially founded by the County Council of Solsonès and the University of Lleida. The mission of CTFC is to contribute to the modernization and competitiveness of the forest sector, to promote rural development and to foster the sustainable management of the environment through excellence in research and transfer of knowledge and technology to society, with the final aim of becoming a reference center at the national and international level.”

www.ctfc.cat

“The URFM- INRA conducts a multidisciplinary research project whose general objective is to understand and predict the dynamics, functioning and evolution of Mediterranean forests, in order to assess risks and provide a set of management strategies for forest adaptation in a context of disruption and global change.

The management tools developed for forest adaptation need to be grounded on a strong knowledge of the ecological and evaluative adaptation processes. To move towards a more predictive adaptation ecology, in a context of significant change of disturbance regimes, the URFM fosters an approach to modeling physical and biological processes, relying on numerical simulation and experimentation.”

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The mission of the National Institute of Rural engineering research, Water and Forests is:

  • Contribute to the development of the national research policy in the areas of Water, Forests and Rural Engineering.
  • Organize and implement all scientific research in relation to the above fields.
  • Participate in the protection, conservation and rationalization of the exploitation of natural resources and rural areas.
  • Develop the results of its research and its scientific know-how.
  • Participate in the development of scientific and technological research and its integration into the economic and social fields.
  • Undertake any research or experimentation or expertise to the identification, analysis, selection, adaptation and mastery of technology in different fields of agricultural engineering, water and forests.
  • Undertake searches to ascertain, monitor and analyze the evolution of technology in areas affecting the national economy.
  • Contribute to the training of doctoral students in the programs of the institute.
  • Organize scientific events to allow the assimilation and mastery of technologies used.
  • Promote partnership in the field of scientific research and technological development, with institutions of higher education and research as well as institutions and public or private firms or through international cooperation.
  • Participating in the activity of expertise and service the eve of the economy in the rural areas of engineering, water and forests.
www.inrgref.agrinet.tn

“Founded in 1962, the CIHEAM is a Mediterranean intergovernmental organisation devoted to the sustainable development of agriculture and fisheries, food and nutrition security and rural and coastal areas. The institute of CIHEAM, CHANIA pursues its three main complementary missions through

  • post-graduate specialized education
  • networked research
  • facilitation of regional debate”
www.iamc.ciheam.org

"ISCI is a scientific research center created in 2008. It is partially funded by the Ministry for Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation and is comprised of fifty-one researchers from different universities and sixteen administrative staff members.
The main activities of the center are scientific research, graduate education, capacity building of young researchers, international workshops and research networks, innovative applied projects with the public and private sectors, and outreach activities for the general public, school students and teachers.
ISCI’s mission is to cover the continuum from methodological research in disciplines such as Optimization, Operations Research, Data Science, Statistics, Economics, and Decision Sciences to impact areas that include Natural Resources, Energy Markets, Healthcare, Cities, Industry, and Public Policies, developing projects of high impact."

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“KKL-JNF is Israel's largest green organization and the oldest green organization in the world. KKL-JNF advances water economy, forestry, education, community development, tourism, and R&D in Israel.  From its very beginning, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund led an unprecedented forestry project, which transformed a desolate land into a marvelous green country. Over 240 million trees have been planted throughout the years in order to make this miracle happen. Furthermore, KKL-JNF is leading the quest for a more environmental Israel; creating open spaces, forests and recreation areas – all in appreciation for our natural and cultural heritage.
KKL-JNF's work in Israel is concentrated into six action areas that include water, forestry and environment, education, community development and security, tourism and recreation, and research and development.”

www.kkl-jnf.org

“The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences was established in 1907 as one of the oldest units on the University of Washington campus—and one of the original natural resource programs in the country.

Environmental and Forest Sciences is dedicated to generating and disseminating knowledge for the stewardship of natural and managed environments and the sustainable use of their products and services through teaching, research and outreach. Our vision is to provide world-class, internationally-recognized knowledge and leadership for environmental and natural resource issues."

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“UC is the only university in New Zealand to offer professional forestry degree programmes, including undergraduate programmes run through the School of Forestry and the College of Engineering. Our first-class facilities include teaching and research spaces and the Wood Technology precinct, which contains a timber drying and preservation unit, a pulp and paper room, and a general workshop.

There are many plantation and native forest areas, both publicly and privately owned, used for teaching and research within convenient range of the University.  Field trips to Canterbury's indigenous and exotic forests are integral to our teaching and we have strong relationships with local forest organisations and their valuable staff. Students also travel to Hanmer Springs; the West Coast; the Nelson region; and the central North Island on extended field trips. Students regularly visit several wood processing industries in Canterbury with which we maintain regular contact.”

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“TERRASYSTEM was created in 2004 thanks to the idea of some PhDs and young researchers of the University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy) and the CNR IBIMET of Florence (National Research Council, Institute of Biometeorology), with the aim of valorising years of experience in the field of geomatics. In 2010 TERRASYSTEM became a spin-off company of the University of Tuscia.

TERRASYSTEM is well rooted in the field of national and international research, and collaborates steadily with Universities and Research Institutes in the development of aerial data capture systems and techniques of data processing. The TERRASYSTEM staff are highly specialised in geomatics, and have all the required skills for research applications as well as specific experience in the fields of environmental monitoring, agriculture, forestry and engineering.“

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“The Slovenian Forestry Institute is a public research institute of national importance, which conducts basic and applied research on forests and forest landscapes, forest ecosystems, wildlife ecology, hunting, forest management, and other uses of the resources and services forests provide. The scientific knowledge from these fields helps further the research on forest biodiversity and its management in relation to climate change. 
As part of its research programme and related studies, the Institute also provides forestry and environmental services in the public interest. 
Another of the Institute’s functions is to provide scientific knowledge on all aspects of sustainable development, with the purpose of increasing knowledge and awareness of the importance of forests within the environment and the importance of forest management. In short, the Institute is a scientific, professional, and cultural storehouse for Slovenia’s relationship with its forests and the resources and services they provide.”

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“The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is a public university with two primary campuses in Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick. It is the oldest English-language university in Canada, and among the oldest public universities in North America.”

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“Founded in 1986, Université Mustapha Stambouli de Mascara (University of Mascara) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in Mascara. The Université Mustapha Stambouli de Mascara (UM) is a coeducational higher education institution. It offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.”

www.univ-mascara.dz

“The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station is a leader in the scientific study of natural resources. We generate and communicate impartial knowledge to help people understand and make informed choices about natural resource management and sustainability. The Station has 11 laboratories and research centers in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington as well as 12 active experimental forests, ranges, and watersheds.

The PNW Research Station is an integral component of USDA Forest Service Research and Development (R&D), which is the most extensive natural resources research organization in the world. Forest Service R&D is comprised of five regional research stations, the Forest Products Laboratory, and the International Institute of Tropical Forestry.”

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“Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (Esalq/USP) is located at the Luiz de Queiroz Campus in the city of Piracicaba, and is currently considered a Center of Excellence for Undergraduate and Graduate programs in Agricultural, Environmental, Biological and Applied Social Sciences. It is part of the University of São Paulo.

The University of São Paulo is a public university in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. It is the largest Brazilian public university and the country's most prestigious educational institution, the best university in Ibero-America, and holds a high reputation among world universities, being ranked 100 worldwide in reputation by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. USP is involved in teaching, research and university extension in all areas of knowledge, offering a broad range of courses.”

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“The Vietnam National University of Forestry was established on 19 August, 1964 according to Decision No.127/CP dated 19/08/1964 of the Government Council on basis of separation of Faculty of Forestry Sciences and Mechanized group of forest exploitation of Hanoi University of Agriculture (now Vietnam National University of Agriculture)

Their goal is to being the leading university in the forestry sector, training highly qualified labor force to meet the development demand of Forestry and Rural Development.”

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