News from the MediterraneanJanuary-March 2020
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January - March 2020



"This individual and collective challenge can only strengthen the spirit of cohesion that characterises the CIHEAM.  We know that we can count on you and we are convinced that you will be up to the challenges for Our Mediterranean."  


CIHEAM official visit to Spain and Greece: Exchanges and avenues of collaboration on priority areas

These exchanges were an opportunity to recall the support of the Greek and Spanish authorities to the CIHEAM institutes based in their countries, which offers rich and quality training as well as capacity-building facilities and projects on the ground which contribute to strengthening multilateral cooperation.  



Meeting between the UfM, the CIHEAM and PRIMA on Sustainable and Innovative Food Systems in the Mediterranean

10 March 2020, Barcelona, Spain

Mr Nasser KAMEL, Secretary-General of the Union for the Mediterranean has received Mr Plácido PLAZA...



The CIHEAM, the FAO and the UfM Collaborate for Sustainable Food Systems in the Mediterranean


13 February 2020, FAO, Rome, Italy

Working meeting with Roberto RIDOLFI (FAO) and Isidro GONZÁLEZ AFONSO (UfM) to discuss ongoing collaborations on sustainable food systems to accelerate the 2030 Agenda in the region...

CIHEAM Bari and FAO pre-conference meeting for Transboundary Plant Pests and Diseases 

 29-31 January 2020, CIHEAM Bari

The CIHEAM Bari and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have organised a pre-conference meeting in Bari to promote the plan to establish a regional trust fund that will support a strategic programme to face transboundary plant pests and diseases...

CURE-XF : 1st International Workshop on: "Xylella fastidiosa –diagnosis, control, and management measures" 

 29-31 January 2020, Bari, Italy

More than 400 participants attended the CURE-XF project, 1st International Workshop on: "Xylella fastidiosa- Diagnosis, Control, and Management Measures"  held in Morocco from 2 to 8 February 2020 and jointly organised by CIHEAM Bari (Italy), as Project Coordinator, the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture and INRA Maroc, the Moroccan partner of the project...


GENDER SMART Project (H2020), coordinated by CIRAD with CIHEAM Bari as one of the implementing partners, is a community of seven European Research Performing Organizations (RPOs) and Research Funding Organizations (RFOs), operating in the broadly framed field of research in food, agricultural and life sciences, supported by two technical partners...

Plant Health TV: Research that helps Plant Health

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). In this context, many events will be organised to raise awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.

The Euphresco and CIHEAM Bari are pleased to launch a call for a video competition 'Plant Health TV: Research that helps Plant Health'.

Project by  Mediterranean Plant Conservation Unit (MPCU)

The project CARE-MEDIFLORA "Conservation Actions for Threatened Mediterranean sland Flora: Ex Situ and In Situ Joint Actions" aiming to improve the conservation status of threatened Mediterranean plant species, has been successfully completed by the partner institutions from six Mediterranean Islands (Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Crete and Cyprus) and the IUCN/SSC Mediterranean Plant Specialist Group.

Developing a Method to Strengthen and Protect Populations of Endangered Plant Species of Crete: Pilot application in Chania Prefecture

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5 March 2020, Chania, Greece

CIHEAM Chania held the inaugural meeting of stakeholders involved in the project "Developing a Method to Strengthen and Protect Populations of Endangered Plant Species of Crete: Pilot application in Chania Prefecture." The project is being implemented by CIHEAM Chania and the Chania Forestry Directorate of the Decentralized Administration of Crete, in close cooperation with the management body of the Samaria National Park - Western Crete

Launch of the SHERPA project  


November 2019, Montpellier, France

SHERPA is a four-year project (2019-2023) implemented with 17 partners, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme. The CIHEAM Montpellier is responsible for analysing the past evolution of rural development policies in Europe and their current trends, and for setting up and running two multi-stakeholder platforms in France.

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"Bienvenue en France" (Welcome to France) label obtained!


13 February 2020

The CIHEAM Montpellier has obtained the "Bienvenue en France" ("Welcome to France") label which rewards our expertise in terms of the welcoming of international students (information, administrative support, quality of life and accommodation, support by teachers, and post-graduate follow-up).

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Kerkennah Islands: coastal and rural regions attractiveness

7 February 2020

The week's study trip in the Occitanie region ended at the CIHEAM Montpellier Institute on February 7, 2020, with a working meeting about the issues of the Kerkennah Islands and the activities to come within the frameworks of the TERRI'COOP and DEVLOK projects.

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European Research project to support regional development through sustainable cultural tourism

SmartCulTour (Smart Cultural Tourism as a Driver of Sustainable Development of European Regions) is a four-year project, funded by the European Union in the framework of Horizon 2020. The goal of SmartCulTour is to support regional development in all European regions with important tangible and intangible cultural assets, including those located in rural peripheries and the urban fringe, through sustainable cultural tourism...

First training organized for EFSA officers in Parma

The CIHEAM Zaragoza organized an ad-hoc training activity for officers from EFSA FEED Unit with the objective of enhancing their expertise on the assessment of the safety and efficacy of additives and products or substances used in animal feeds.


Training course on olive pathogens at The CIHEAM Zaragoza in November 2020

A high-level training on monitoring and surveillance of olive pathogens will be held in Zaragoza (Spain) from 30 November to 4 December 2020 co-organized with the International Olive Council (IOC). The IOC, the XF-ACTORS project, the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), as well as national and international plant health agencies, will contribute to the scientific sessions...

  • YOUTH MIGRATION FROM RURAL AREAS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, Eleonora Castagnone, Researcher and Policy Analyst in International Migration Paola Termine, Agricultural Economist, American University of Rome and FAO, Mediterra 201

  • ROOTING KNOWLEDGE FOR FEEDING THE PLANET , Petruzzella D., Sancassiani S., Concia F., Giannelli M. Feeding knowledge. Bari : CIHEAM, 2017. p. 7-29. (Options Méditerranéennes)

  • CLCA OF TOMATO GREENHOUSE PRODUCTION USING SPATIALLY DIFFERENTIATED LIFE CYCLE IMPACT ASSESSMENT INDICATORS : AN ALBANIAN CASE STUDY, Canaj K., Mehmeti A., Cantore V., Todorovic M. Environmental science & pollution research, 2020, 27-6960–6970.

  • KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION IN AGRICULTURE: CONTRIBUTION TO FOOD SECURITY AND SUSTAINABILITY, Ben Hassen T., El Bilali H. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Özuyar P., Wall T. (eds). Zero hunger. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Cham: Springer, 2020

  • PERFORMANCE OF WHEAT-BASED CROPPING SYSTEMS AND ECONOMIC RISK OF LOW RELATIVE PRODUCTIVITY ASSESSMENT IN A SUB-DRY MEDITERRANEAN ENVIRONMENT, Nasrallah A., Belhouchette H., Baghdadi N., Mhawej M., Darwish T., Darwich S., Faour G. (2020), European Journal of Agronomy, 01/02/2020, vol. 113, p. 1-15 [125968]

  • LE FONCIER EN MEDITERRANEE : UNE DICHOTOMIE ENTRE NORD ET SUD ? Développement durable et territoires, Requier-Desjardins M., Melot R., Paoli J.-C., Rodrigues O., Riaux J. (2019), 01/12/2019, vol. 10, n. 3, p. 1-14.


  • CROP MAPPING AND YIELD ESTIMATION OF WHEAT IN THE BEKAA PLAIN OF LEBANONThèse de doctorat en Géomatique : AgroParisTech, Montpellier (France), Nasrallah A. (2019), 230 p. École doctorale ED 584 : GAIA - Biodiversité, Agriculture, Alimentation, Environnement, Terre, Eau. UMR TETIS-Territoires, Environnement, Télédétection et Information Spatiale Montpellier. Plateforme doctorale du CIHEAM-IAMM.

  • CARE-MEDIFLORA – CONSERVATION ACTIONS FOR THREATENED MEDITERRANEAN SLAND FLORA: EX SITU AND IN SITU JOINT ACTIONS: FINAL REPORT, Fenu G., Bacchetta G., Christodoulou C.S., Cogoni D., Fournaraki C., Giusso del Galdo G.P., Gotsiou P., Kokkinaki A., Kyratzis A., Piazza C., Vicens M. & Montmollin B. de, authors ; Fenu G., Gotsiou P., Cogoni D., Kokkinaki A., Montmollin B. de, editors. Chania: CIHEAM Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICH), 2019

  • GEOINFORMATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT  Relationships of spectral reflectance with plant tissue mineral elements of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) under drought and salinity stresses, Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, Dr. Chariton Kalaitzidis, Dept. Boshkovski, B., Tzerakis, C., Doupis, G., Zapolska, A., Kalaitzidis, C. and Koubouris, G., 2020


Don't forget to browse the CIHEAM Press Review on SCOOP.IT 

(Euro-Mediterranean News on Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Environment...)


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