Forestry administration officials from Algeria, Tunisia and Lebanon will receive training from the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CTFC).
Knowledge and forest research as well as the Catalan forestry sector arouse great interest in Mediterranean countries. Within the next two months, forest administration officials from Algeria, Tunisia and Lebanon will visit Catalonia to be trained in forestry.
Visits will begin during the last week of October, when six Lebanese municipal forest managers will learn techniques for the implementation of management and logging plans in Solsona.
The first week of November, five officials from the Tunisian forestry administration will make a study trip to Barcelona, Gerona and Solsona, focused on the Catalan experience in the areas of wildfire prevention and suppression, and innovation in the forestry sector.
Finally, a group of 20 officials from the Algerian forest administration will benefit from a training of trainers on participatory techniques for restoration and rehabilitation of cork oak forests in Solsona and Girona during the first half of November.
These exchanges and visits are made possible thanks to the fruitful relationships that CTFC maintains with various partners and governments within the framework of numerous international projects and networks.
For such exchanges, CTFC always thrives to involve other Catalan expert entities, as it is the case for these courses, which involve the Forest Ownership Centre (CPF), Forest Consortium, Firefighters/Forest Actions Support Group (GRAF) from the Catalan Government, General Directorate of Environment (DGMN), Rural Agents, Gavarres Forest Defence Association (ADF), Pau Costa Foundation (PCF), Barcelona Provincial Council Fire Prevention Office, Gavarres Consortium, Bages County Council, Bages ADF Federation and Central Catalonia Forest Products Cooperative.
We will also take this opportunity to visit ongoing projects such as eFIRECOM (http://efirecom.ctfc.cat) and LIFE Montserrat (http://lifemontserrat.eu).
These activities will be funded by the United Nations Development Programme in Algeria and Lebanon, and by the FAO in Tunisia.