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With the growing ambition of the European Green Deal and the regional development agendas to overcome current challenges related to climate change, environmental degradation and food security, policy initiatives and sustainable practices are needed to transform the Euro-Mediterranean region into a more integrated, resource-efficient and competitive economy. Agroforestry, as a multifunctional system, could be at the centre of this transition given its potential environmental, economic and social benefits.

Recent scientific studies reveal the need for a policy framework that links food systems, agriculture, forestry and rural development for a holistic approach to environmental, economic and social sustainability to overcome the most critical barriers to agroforestry adoption in the Euro-Mediterranean region. This session will present the latest developments and knowledge on finance and policies applicable to the agroforestry sector, supported by new tools and approaches. It will also make it possible to present the priority levers to be activated allowing strengthened Mediterranean cooperation in these areas.


Moderator: CIHEAM


  • Ivan Hajdukovic, EMEA Researcher
  • Martin Lukac, Professor in Ecosystem Science, University of Reading, Coordinator of the ReForest project
  • Rico Hubner, Researcher, Deutscher Fachverband für Agroforstwirtschaft (DeFAF) e.V
  • Martin Heibel, Communication manager. Interreg NEXT MED Programme
  • Thierry Dupeuble, Director, CIHEAM Montpellier
  • Michèle Gendreau-Massaloux, Vice-President of the GID (Group Interacadémique pour le Développement)
  • Jaques Brulhet, Vice-President of the GID


Date: 9th December, 14:00-15:30 GST
Venue: COP28, Dubai – UAE, Mediterranean Coalition Office
Organiser: Co-organised by EMEA and CIHEAM


December 9, 2023
Event Category:


Mediterranean Coalition Office
Dubai, United Arab Emirates