Model Forests are national initiatives established in areas where forest landscapes are an important feature. These initiatives are based on an approach that combines the social, cultural and economic needs of local communities with the long‐term sustainability of such forest landscapes. By design they are voluntary, broad‐based initiatives linking forestry, research, agriculture, mining, recreation, and other values and interests within a given landscape.

In the Mediterranean area, Model Forests are organized and coordinated from the Mediterranean Model Forest Network (MMFN) thanks to the support of the International Cooperation Department of CESEFOR (Centro de servicios y promoción forestal y de su industria de Castilla y León). Since 2009, EFIMED (the Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute) and the MMFN have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaborating in developing the concept of Model Forests based on sound science. In this context, starting in 2010 the MMFN will finance a Mediterranean Model Forest Grant, which will be offered and evaluated by EFIMED in order to improve the scientific knowledge regarding the implementation of the concept of the Model Forest in one of the countries developing such initiative.

The Grant should be addressed to:
‐ make a significant contribution to advancing Mediterranean forest science on one of the topics prioritized in the Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda as applied or potentially applicable in Model Forests;
‐ contribute to the scientific objectives of the Model Forests;
‐ strengthen both MMFN and EFIMED networks by conducting a Study Visit to the Model Forest (see in Annex VII eligible Model Forests and contact persons) and
‐ developing an original scientific paper that addresses a research question relevant to the MFRA (See below) and the Model Forest.

The Study Visit should last one month (four weeks meaning 20 working days). It should take place between 15th January and 30th June 2011. Scientists coming from the Mediterranean southern and eastern sub‐regions are especially encouraged to apply.

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