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REACTION Restoration Actions to Combat Desertification in the Northern Mediterranean

Objectives: Establish a database on land restoration.
Exploiting the research results produced in projects on restoration, specially those of the EC programmes, for selecting the most appropriate methodology to evaluate the results of restoration projects.
Providing restoration guidelines in the light of a critical analysis of old and innovative techniques.
Facilitating access to the high quality information to forest managers, policy makers, and other stakeholders for the promotion of sustainable mitigation actions.
Sectorial Topic (Note): Desertification monitoring and assessment
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: Fundacion CEAM (Spain), Centro Interdipartimentale di Ateneo NRD Università di Sassari (Italy), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Department of Forestry and Natural Environment Laboratori of Silvicolture (Greece), Instituto Superior de Agronomia Departamento de Ciencias do Ambiente (Portugal), International Centre for Advanced Agronomic Mediterranean Studies (Spain), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionelle et Evolutive(France); Association francaise du WWF (France)
Contents: Mediterranean countries have made a serious effort to combat desertification through a wide array of technical approaches. Reforestation is widely used as effective restoration action to mitigate or reverse land degradation. However, forest plantations in dry lands have often low establishment rates and poor productivity. The extremely difficult conditions characterising degraded dry lands produce high risk of failure and investment lost. Although there is a sizeable body of experiences and technological capability, the information is under-utilised and inadequately shared due to poor and restricted dissemination, at both national and regional levels. These factors generate economic disadvantage and make difficult the effective mitigation of environmental and socio-economic problems associated to desertification.
Means of Implementation: Amount of financing 540.000,00 euro.
Funding for the project was provided by the European Commission, DG XIII under the 4th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Programme.
The objectives will be achieved through three thematic workshops promoting the excange of information between stakeholders and experts, by inventorying, compiling, and evaluating well-documented restoration projects in the northern Mediterranean, and through a full dissemination strategy.
Target year: 2005
Target Area/Place: Northern Mediterranean Region - Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, France
Expected Outcome(S): The final product of REACTION will be a Mediterranean land reforestation database, including successful and evaluated projects, guidelines for designing and implementing restoration projects, and updating/dissemination procedures adapted to the particularities of the Northern Mediterranean countries.
Relevance to the Plan of Implementation of WSSD: This project addresses several priority actions identified in the plan of implementation which are related to the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification to address causes of desertification and land degradation in order to maintain and restore land, and to address poverty resulting from land degradation (§ 41). In particular providing affordable local access to information to improve monitoring and early warning related to desertification and drought ( § 41, e).
- Sustainable forest management, nationally and globally, including through partnerships among interested Governments and stakeholders, including the private sector, indigenous and local communities and non-governmental organizations (§ 45)
Other Information:
(Contact): Dr. Ramon Vallejo
Fundacion CEAM
Parque Tecnologico
C/Charles Robert Darwin 14
46980 Paterna (Valencia)Spain
Tel : +34.961.318.227
Fax: +34.961.318.190
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