Med-O-Med Structure

Med-O-Med is organized into a Executive Secretariat, dependent from FUNCI, and a scientific committee teamed up by collaborators.


  • Cherif Abderrahman Jah. Chairman
  • Encarna Gutiérrez. Secretary General
  • Yolanda Guardione. Head of Maghreb branch
  • Inés Eléxpuru. Communication Director
  • Mercedes Corujo. Administrative Coordinator
  • José Luján. Volunteering Coordinator

Technical team

  • Aurora Ferrini. Coordinator of Med-O-Med
  • Olga Pérez. Graphic Design


Med-O-Med works through its Executive Secretariat, supported and managed by the Islamic Culture Foundation (FUNCI) of Madrid. FUNCI has created a Med-O-Med Scientific Committee, whose members are experts in biodiversity conservation, development cooperation and cultural heritage, or belong to the main bodies participating in the Programme. This Scientific Committee help to establish the principles on which the Programme and the Med-O-Med quality seal are to be based, and serve as the advisory body to guarantee the quality and appropriateness of any actions taken.

The Executive Secretariat consists of a Technical Team to evaluate and approve any projects to be carried out under the Med-O-Med quality seal, in line with the criteria established by the Programme’s Scientific Committee. The Executive Secretariat will be responsible for organising and monitoring actions taken within the Programme.

It is responsible for informing and coordinating all those involved in the Med-O-Med network and for considering participation by new members, private and public bodies and institutions.

The Executive Secretariat also coordinates the signature of Framework Agreements with the institutions involved. Specific Agreements shall be reached for each new project amongst all the parties involved, with the Executive Secretariat acting as mediator to facilitate exchanges, in its capacity as an expert body for intercultural dialogue and multidisciplinary work.


  • Abdallah Alaoui, National Patrimony of Morocco
  • Antonio Almagro, Escuela de estudios Árabes de Granada, Spain
  • Carmen Añón, Honorific Chairman of ICOMOS-IFLA
  • Joaquín Araujo, Academia de las Letras y las Artes de Extremadura, Spain
  • Shaheen M. AlRubaie, Agricultural Engineer, Kuwait
  • Manuel Casares, University of Granada, Spain
  • Faissal Cherradi, Islamic Heritage Restoration, Morocco
  • Expiración García Sánchez, Escuela de Estudios Árabes, Granada, Spain
  • Fayçal Haffaci, Parc des Grands Vents, Alger, Algeria
  • Hussein Hoteit, Municipality of Doueïr, Lebanon
  • Joachim Gratzfeld, Botanic Gardens Conservation International
  • Alberto Juan y Seva, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
  • Mónica Luengo, International Council on Monuments and Sites
  • Javier Martí, Environmental Management, Valencia, Spain
  • Mohammed Motallebi, IFLA – Iranian Society of Landscape Proffessionals, Iran
  • Munir Oztürk,  EGE  Üniversitesi, Izmil, Turkey
  • David Pereira, Agricultural Engineer, Spain
  • Francesco Raimondo, Orto Botanico di Palermo, Italy
  • Segundo Ríos, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
  • Lola Robador, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
  • Arnoldo Santos, Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias, Spain
  • Khaled Sawalha, University of Al-Quds, Jerusalem, Palestine
  • Imane Thami Alami, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Morocco
  • José Tito Rojo, Universidad de Granada, Spain
  • Benito Valdés, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain


Med-O-Med grows step by step. In this two years of existence, several members of special importance and relevance to the program development has joined it. Among them we can include the BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International), who attended the presentation of the Network of Botanical Gardens of the Mediterranean and Middle East at the Alhambra in Granada, in October 2009. UNESCO has add Med-O-Med through the Club Unesco Alterité. The Silene association, aimed to the conservation of the spritual and intangible cultural heritage in relation to nature conservation is also a member, and the Serra de TramuntanaProgramm (Mallorca), which was declared World Heritage Site in 2011, under the Cultural Landscape Category is linked to us.

botanical gardens

Also part of the Program are the botanical gardens of Fez and the Jardin d’Essais Botaniques of Rabat, dependent of INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), with which the FUNCI maintains a close working relationship. Other members of Med-O-Med, among others, are the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan , the Botanic Garden of Córdoba, the Historic Botanical Garden of Málaga, the Olárizu Botanic Garden of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; the Botanical Garden in the Faculty of Science of Zagreb, the Botanic Garden of the University of al-Quds in Jerusalem, the Jardin Botanique du Hamma, Algier, Algier, Algeria, the Botanic Garden Nezahat Gökyicit of Istambul, the Biological Station Torretes Font-Roja belonging to the University of Alicante, the Qur’anic Garden of Doha, Qatar, and the twelve botanic gardens of the Red Andaluza de Jardines Botánicos y Micológicos en Espacios Naturales (RAJBEN), in Spain, that joined us in 2017.

Universities and research centers

Nuestros miembros

Universities and research centers have a strong presence not only through their botanic gardens, also with many specialists that collaborates with FUNCI. These include the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain), IUCN-Med (International Union for Conservation of Nature), and the Universities of Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Politécnica de Madrid, Politecnica de Valencia, Notre Dame and the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), Cadi Ayyad (Marrakech) and EGE Izmir (Turkey).


In addition, Med-O-Med has international prestigious members, some of whom are working in cooperation projects. We can remark the Fondation Mohammed VI pour la Protection de l’Environnement (Morocco), the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (Jordan), the municipality of Doueir (Lebanon), Siryan Environment Association (Syria), the Bergerie Nationale de Rambouillet(France), ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and Al Shaheen Nurseries, Agriculture & Food Co., from Kuwait. The City Council of Benaudalla Vélez (Granada), through its Medieval Nasrid Garden has also become member.

In march 2014 we have sign an agreement with the morocan Agence pour l’Aménagement de la Vallée du Bouregreg, for the construction of a school of gardening with a social purpose in the town of Salé.

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