The Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) is an intergovernmental organisation founded under the aegis of the OECD and the European Council in 1962, whose members are 13 countries of the Mediterranean Basin (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey). The mission of CIHEAM is to promote multilateral cooperation in the fields of sustainable agriculture and fishery, food and nutrition security, rural and coastal development through specialised (post-graduate) trainings, research, networking, and political and research partnerships. CIHEAM contributes towards the establishment of a Mediterranean agricultural research hub through its involvement in several scientific research programmes (particularly under the European Union’s Framework Programmes) in close collaboration with national partners in the North and South Mediterranean as well as in north Europe and abroad. The headquarters of the organization are in Paris, where the General Secretariat is based. The organization encompasses four national institutes, based in Bari (Italy), Chania (Greece), Montpellier (France) and Zaragoza (Spain) through which the multilateral cooperation activities are carried out.
Role in the Project
CIHEAM, through MAI Bari and MAI Chania (linked third parties), will contribute to different WPs and Tasks. MAI Bari (www.iamb.it), is a centre for post-graduate training, applied scientific research and partnership actions in the framework of the international cooperation programmes. Its mission is to promote sustainable agriculture in the Mediterranean. It works in four thematic areas: Land and water resources management, Integrated pest management of Mediterranean fruit and vegetable crops, Mediterranean organic agriculture and Sustainable agriculture, food and rural development. MAI Bari will be involved in WP3 (leading Task 3.1) “Early detection of Xf symptoms using remote sensing” and its leading role of WP4 (leading Task 4.1) “Implementation of sampling schemes and innovative tools for early detection of X. fastidiosa in host plants and insects”. MAI Bari, will also be involved in WP8 for the socio-economic and environmental impact assessment and risk analysis (Task 8.1, Task 8.5) and in WP6 testing and providing low-impact bio-solutions. MAI Chania (www.maich.gr) focuses on the provision of systematic post-graduate education and the implementation of high standard research at the regional, national and European level in the fields of business economics, food quality, horticultural genetics and biotechnology, geo-information in environmental management, and sustainable agriculture. MAI Chania will contribute to WP8, in particular Tasks 8.3 and 8.5.