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Network of Mediterranean forest landscapes of high ecological value

Medforval is a community of practitioners and scientists joining forces to protect, manage and restore forest sites. For our Network, high ecological value means substantial biological diversity, full ecosystem functioning and forest maturity.

 

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hectares of forests in the Mediterranean region
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ha affected by fires each year
forest species threatened with extinction

million

hectares of forests in the Mediterranean region

billion

tonnes of carbon stored in 2015

ha affected by fires each year

forest species are threatened with extinction

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Why a network for forest landscapes?

The Mediterranean location, topography, climate and civilizations have combined to create a variety of forests, woodlands and scrublands—a delicate mosaic of high ecological, cultural and economic value. Today, though, these landscapes are facing major global threats, including climate change, rural abandonment, forest clearing and agricultural intensification.

By bringing a wide variety of practitioners and scientists together, exchanging knowledge and good practices we can be more effective in facing these urgent issues and push for real change.

Improve the ecological status of Mediterranean forest landscapes.
Build the capacity of practitioners and policy makers and encourage dialogue between forest-relevant stakeholders.
Influence policy processes in favour of resilient forest landscapes.
Increase people’s support for forest landscapes.

Discover the forest sites of the Medforval Network

The Network was formed to manage, protect and restore Mediterranean forests, threatened by climate change. The current members—18 sites located in 12 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea—are working together towards this common goal.

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Guadiana
Unnamed Road, 7750 Mértola, Portogallo

Along the river Guadiana in Southern Portugal, this area of 72,000 ha is a freshwater forest with over 600 plant species, a corridor for mammals and amphibians, and a shelter for birds’ migration.

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Sierra de la Nieves
Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, Málaga, Spagna

Located at the heart of the Serranía de Ronda natural region (in the extreme south of Spain) this Natural Park is home to the main forests of the endemic Andalusian fir (Abies pinsapo), as well as holm oak and pine forests, with over 1,500 plant species.

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Poblet
Partida Masias, 2, 43440 L'Espluga de Francolí, Tarragona, Spagna

A natural site of national interest in Catalonia, it includes 3,400 ha ranging from lowland dry evergreen forests to mountain mixed deciduous forests.

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La Massane
Unnamed Road, 66700 Sorède, Francia

A mountain mixed deciduous forest of 336 ha and a river corridor, La Massane is home to more than 8,000 species, including 972 species of plants. This unmanaged beech-dominated forest is one of the oldest old-growth forests in the Mediterranean basin.

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Luberon-Lure
84400 Apt, Francia

245,000 ha of mountain mixed deciduous forests with diverse types of natural habitats in southeastern France. It is both a Regional Nature Park and a Biosphere Reserve.

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Ticino Valley
Parco del Ticino, Via Isonzo, 1, 20013 Magenta MI, Italia

A key freshwater ecological corridor between the Alps and the Apennines, it is home to the most extensive remaining fragments of forest in the Padan Plain in Italy - an intensively urbanised area. The Ticino Valley is home to over 3,250 animal species and 1,000 plant species.

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Livanjsko Polje
Livanjsko polje, Livno, Bosnia ed Erzegovina

In western Bosnia-Herzegovina, near the Croatian border, it is a freshwater and riparian forest with a mosaic of natural and artificial lakes.

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Prokletije
Prokletije, Albania

A National Park in southeastern Montenegro, at the border with Albania and Kosovo, characterised by deciduous oak forests, endemic pines, old-growth and primeval forests.

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Prespa National Park
Unnamed Road, Prespes 530 77, Grecia

High mountain conifer forests and other forest habitat types in the transboundary area of Prespa Lakes in northwestern Greece, bordering Albania and North Macedonia.

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Samaria
Sfakia 730 11, Grecia

Lowland dry evergreen forest in western Crete, Greece. With its 17 terrestrial habitat types, this National Park is a true mosaic of different ecological systems including deep gorges and imposing vertical rocks forming narrow openings.

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Köprülü
Bozyaka, Köprülü Canyon, 07550 Manavgat/Antalya, Turchia

736 ha of natural forest, 1/3 of which is pure cypress, in southwestern Turkey, close to Antalya. Rich in flora and fauna, ecotourism initiatives are promoted here.

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Ermenek-Konya
Güllük, Sümbül Sk. No:21, 70400 Ermenek/Karaman, Turchia

90,000 ha of high mountain conifer forests with over 300 endemic plant species in the South of Turkey, managed by the Department of Forestry.

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Shouf Biosphere Reserve
Saida - Jezzine Rd, Libano

It is the largest Mediterranean protected ecosystem in the Middle East. This land of 50,000 ha is home to 32 species of mammals, 275 species of birds and more than 1,000 species of plants, and hosts the most ancient cedar trees in Lebanon.

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Zaghouan
Zaghouan, Tunisia

This National Park in northeastern Tunisia has a rich archaeological, historical and cultural heritage. The area covers 2,024 ha of lowland dry evergreen forest and welcomes more than 100,000 visitors every year.

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Talassemtane
parco nazionale di Talassemtane, Marocco

A National Park in the Rif region of northern Morocco, it is characterised by high mountain conifer forests, with about 10 different species of conifers, as well as 6 deciduous evergreen oak species. It hosts some of the richest flora in the country with many endemic plant and animal species.

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Cratere degli Astroni
Riserva Naturale Cratere degli Astroni, Via Agnano Agli Astroni, 468, 80125 Napoli NA, Italia

A Natural Reserve, Natura 2000 site and Special Protection Area managed by WWF Oasi; 250 ha of Mediterranean forests including an inactive volcanic crater and three small lakes in the Campania Region of Italy.

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Aterno Valley Model Forest
67020 Fontecchio AQ, Italia

A forest and farmland “mosaic landscape" and river valley located in the Province of L'Aquila, in the Abruzzo Region of Italy. Partially included in the Sirente-Velino Regional Natural Park, the Aterno Valley is characterised by mountain mixed deciduous forests and is a Model Forest.

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Jordan EcoPark
Sharhabil Bin Hassneh EcoPark (SHE Park), 32.52471, 35.62068, Pella/طبقة فحل, Giordania

The Jordan EcoPark is located in Jordan, in the Northern part of the Jordan Valley. It covers an area of 2,700 ha and it is full of diverse Mediterranean bushland types.

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