Association Française Arbres Champêtres et Agroforesteries (Afac-Agroforesteries)

Identity card

The Association Française Arbres Champêtres et Agroforesteries (Afac-Agroforesteries) is the French association for wild trees and agroforestry. A non-profit association created in 2007, it has 221 members (including 186 structures) that work to support the preservation, planting and management of hedges, wild trees and all types of agroforest systems. In ten years, Afac-Agroforesteries has set up a strong and diverse professional network of agroforestry consulting structures with both agricultural and environmental leadership capacities. Thirty years of experience in the field have made Afac-Agroforesteries the natural, nation-wide voice of professionals in hedges, trees and agroforestry.

The strategic priorities of Afac-Agroforesteries are defined each year by its board of directors (21 members divided into three colleges) and by a seven-person bureau. In 2018, reflection was begun on a new ten-year associative project to reaffirm association guidelines and make it easier to enter into partnership agreements with institutions such as: AFB (French agency for biodiversity), FNAB (French national federation of organic farming), Federation of regional national parks of France, Association of French regions.

Afac-Agroforesteries helped draft the Agroforestry development plan (put forward by Stéphane Le Foll in December 2015 when he was the minister for agriculture) and is a partner, pilot or co-pilot for half of the plan’s actions. Afac-Agroforesteries is also involved in the European Agroforestry Federation: the two French representatives on the board of directors of the European Agroforesteries Federation (EURAF) come from Afac-Agroforesteries. This participation in EURAF efforts will guarantee that agroforestry is properly taken into account in future CAP 2020 programming.

Fully consistent with the Afterres 2050 and Négawatt transition scenarios, Afac-Agroforesteries promotes a multifunctional and sustainable approach to trees to facilitate the ecological and energy transition of rural territories.

Objectives

The highest priority objectives of Afac-Agroforesteries are to:

  • Support tree-planting in non-forested areas and their assisted natural regeneration,

  • Promote sectors that sustainably manage and use trees in non-forest areas,

  • Work to integrate trees in all agricultural production systems, and get farmers to see trees as an important element in the sustainability of their farms,

  • Innovate and progress collectively in agroforestry techniques.

Related programmes

Modes of action

  • expertise
  • training
  • advocacy, lobbying, influence strategy
  • legal and citizen watch, diffusion of information
  • books, reviews publishing

Thematic areas

  • local territory management
  • tools & methods
  • Climate energy
  • environment