European Union 

The CIHEAM has long maintained strong relations with organs of the European Union (EU), notably the Commission and its directorates (DG Research, DG Agriculture and DG DEVCO) and the European Parliament.To strengthen dialogue and cooperation with the European Commission and to benefit from opportunities provided by the mechanisms of delegated cooperation, the CIHEAM has presented a request for recognition. This will allow the European Commission to dirently entrust the CIHEAM with budget implementation in the framework of the indirect management of its budget. The first stage of the recognition procedure related to the legal status of the CIHEAM was successfully completed in March 2015. The second stage of the process related to the “pillars assessment” is currently ongoing.

Some examples of cooperation and research projects with the European Union.


“High Nature Value Farming: Learning, Innovation and Knowledge” is dedicated to developing and sharing innovations that support HNV (High Nature Value) farming systems and communities by simultaneously improving their socio-economic viability and environmental efficiency.

CIHEAM-Montpellier is coordinating the HNV-LINK Network. 



Funded within the Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) programme of the European Commission, ACLIMAS addresses water and climate change by promoting in 6 Mediterranean countries / areas the demonstration, implementation, dissemination of the research results of previous EC-funded initiatives.

The project is aimed at durable improvement of the agricultural water management and a broader socio-economic development of target areas in the context of adaptation to climate change, increasing water scarcity, and desertification risks

The project is coordinated by CIHEAM-Bari.




The European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development was launched in Spring 2011 in recognition of the socio-economic importance of the agricultural sector and rural areas for an inclusive and sustainable development and as a concrete response to new developments in Southern Mediterranean countries. Through ENPARD, the EU is offering its partner countries an opportunity for enhanced cooperation in the fields of agriculture and rural development supporting them to build and implement their policy framework in a long-term approach and an open and collaborative process involving all relevant stakeholders. 

CIHEAM-Montpellier has been entrusted to accompany this initiative in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan.



The Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research & Innovation Gateway (MED-SPRING) project - is a coordination and support action built on the previous experience of the INCO.NET MIRA, but adapted to the new reality of the Euro-Mediterranean policy and the general orientations defined in the Euro-Mediterranean Conference of Barcelona (2-3 April 2012). MED-SPRING is focused on three societal challenges (Energy, High Quality Affordable Food, and Scarcity of resources) and aims at tackling policy objectives by creating a dialogue and coordination platform of governmental institutions, research organisations, associations and civil society.

This project is coordinated by CIHEAM-Bari.



The main aim of the project ERANET-MED is to enhance Euro-Mediterranean co-ownership through innovation and competitive research in the societal challenges of the region. The project aims at reducing fragmentation of programming in the Mediterranean by increasing coordination among national research programmes of European Member States, associated countries and Mediterranean partner countries.

This project is coordinated by CIHEAM-Bari.



Part of the ERA-NET initiative, Foresterra aims to reinforce the scientific coordination and integration of Mediterranean forest research programmes as well as scientific cooperation with Mediterranean countries (including EU and non-EU member states) and with other Mediterranean Climate Areas (MCA) like Australia, South Africa, Chile and California. 

FORESTERRA has partners from twelve countries: Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, Portugal, Tunisia, Morocco, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and Algeria, as well as two international institutions, the European Forest Institute (EFI) and CIHEAM-Zaragoza.



The LEGumes for the Agriculture of Tomorrow (LEGATO) project has been conceived to promote the culture of grain legumes in Europe by identifying priority issues currently limiting grain legume cultivation and devising solutions in terms of novel varietal development, culture practices, and food uses. LEGATO will develop tools and resources to enable state of the art breeding methodology and to exploit fully the breadth of genetic resources available.

CIHEAM-Zaragoza is part of the LEGATO consortium 



The project aims to ensure the survival of threatened plant species in the Mediterranean through ex-situ conservation measures. The initiative is led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK) in collaboration with six conservation organisations on the main Mediterranean islands (Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus, Corsica, Crete, and Mallorca). The key outcomes of the project will include the protection of 900 endangered plant taxa, the development of seed specialists in the region, increased collaboration between plant conservation agencies and public awareness on the value and vulnerability of local flora.

The project started in October 2011. CIHEAM-Chania is one of the seven partners of the project.


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