Learning from Morocco and Italy: exchange visits on restoration

Learning from Morocco and Italy: exchange visits on restoration

In a recent article Valentina Garavaglia, Natural Resources Specialist at the FAO Forestry Department, sums up the exchange activities organized in the last year within the Mediterranean regional component of the International Climate Initiative (IKI)-funded project “The Paris Agreement in Action”.

Activities that also involved the Mediterranean Model Forest Network in some exchange visits between Morocco and Italy.

The aim of the exchange”, writes Garavaglia, “was to allow Italian and Moroccan experts working on the restoration of degraded land to observe and discuss best practices and experiences in the field with other members of the Mediterranean forestry community. The visits provided an opportunity for them to see restoration activities on the ground, implemented through landscape, multidisciplinary and participatory approaches.

In May 2022 experts from the Secretariat travelled to Morocco to visit the Talassemtane and Ifrane National Parks.

In October 2022 it was the turn of the Moroccan experts to visit the Montagne Fiorentine Model Forest in Italy, together with a delegation from Lebanon.