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.

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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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.

“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”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

Bursa Technical University was founded as the second state university. The university has 6 faculties – including the Faculty of Forestry, 2 institutes and a School of foreign languages”

“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”

“The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, through teaching, research, and outreach, generates and disseminates knowledge for the stewardship of natural and managed environments and the sustainable use of their products and services. Its vision is to provide internationally recognized knowledge and leadership for environmental and natural resource issues.”

“The Pacific Northwest Research Station is a leader in the scientific study of natural resources. The Station has 11 locations in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington and about 300 employees. We generate and communicate impartial knowledge to help people understand and make informed choices about natural resource management and sustainability.”