The stakeholders gathered in the framework of the thematic meeting “Biodiversity & Wetlands”, constituted in a National Wetland Observatory in France, collectively elaborate and publish numerical reports giving an update on a particular subject relating to wetlands. This brochure “High-profile Wetlands in France – Land-cover in Ramsar Sites in Metropolitatn France, 1975-2005”, released in May 2017, is a synthesis of the full report available only in French.
At its 12th Meeting (Paris, France, 7-11 February 2016) the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee adopted the Framework for Action 2016-2030 “Wetlands for Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean Region”.
This Framework for Action is designed as an early contribution to achieving some of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals 2016–2030 (SDGs) through a series of concrete actions for the conservation of wetlands and the sustainable use of their resources in the Mediterranean region.
“Biodiversity: status and trends of species in Mediterranean wetlands” is the first thematic report published by the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO).
This issue is dedicated to biodiversity and provides in-depth knowledge on the conservation status of species dependent on wetlands in the Mediterranean basin, the threats, the consequences of their depletion on human well-being, and solutions to reverse the negative trends.
This study was carried out based on a method developed by the GlobWetland-II project, which was launched in 2010 by the European Space Agency (ESA) in order to set up a Global Wetlands Observing System, in partnership with the Ramsar secretariat and its Scientific and Technical Review Panel.
214 maps of coastal wetlands in 22 Mediterranean countries were established using satellite images for the reference years of 1975, 1990, and 2005. Several indicators were then calculated based on these maps, which provide information on trends in the surface area of the different habitats in these wetlands.