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ECOlogical use of native PLANTs for environmental restoration and sustainable development in the MEDiterranean region

January 2013 - December 2015

Project Summary

The project aims to contribute to halting the loss of biodiversity and to promote a sustainable development model in the Mediterranean region by enhancing the conservation of native plants and promoting their use in habitat restoration and the plant production sector.

ECOPLANTMED activities included
•    ex situ conservation of selected native plant species and study of seed germination
•    edition of a Manual with protocols for the propagation of selected native plant species that can be used for habitat restoration
•    edition of a Guide of good restoration practices for Mediterranean habitats
•    initiation of two pilot restoration actions using native plants in Lebanon and Tunisia
•    organisation of an international conference with the theme “Ecological Restoration in the Mediterranean region: Challenges and Opportunities”
•    organisation of events and workshops to raise awareness and involve stakeholders in the production and use of native plants.


CIHEAM Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania - Mediterranean Plant Conservation Unit - Greece

Source of funding : ENPI CBC Med Programme 2007-2013
Total budget : 1 050 364,00 €
Partners :
  • University of Cagliari - Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity - Italy
  • Saint Joseph University - Laboratory for Seed Germination and Conservation - Lebanon
  • Regional Ministry of Infrastructures, Territory and Environment - Centre for Forest Applied Research, Valencia - Spain
  • National Research Institute for Rural Engineering, Water and Forestry - Laboratory of Management and Valorisation of Forest Resources - Tunisia