MedWet was created in Grado, Italy in June 1991 during an international conference on Mediterranean wetlands. It was launched as the implementation mechanism of the conference’s declaration “To stop and reverse the loss and degradation of Mediterranean Wetlands”.

Effectively, we are a long term collaborative initiative that supports the conservation and wise use of Mediterranean wetlands within the framework of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The legitimacy and legal authority of the MedWet Initiative are provided by the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971), on the basis of Resolutions VII.22 and VIII.30 and Decisions SC19-19 and SC25-31 of the Ramsar Standing Committee. In 1999 during the Ramsar COP7, MedWet was officially recognized as a Ramsar Regional Initiative, actively promoting the implementation of the Convention in the Mediterranean while also serving as a role model for other such initiatives.

MedWet is a forum of 27 Mediterranean countries, specialized wetland centres and international environmental organizations (see the full list of MedWet members) which collaborate for the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands. The MedWet Initiative is an endogenous mechanism based on voluntary participation, mutual trust and mutual benefit.

MedWet’s work focuses on:

  • providing technical tools and ensuring the sustainable management of wetlands and their natural resources;
  • creating stakeholder networks and partnerships between and within Mediterranean countries on issues pertaining to wetlands;
  • promoting and disseminating information on the “wise use” of wetland resources;
  • putting into practice best practices of wetland management with “hands-on” projects in Mediterranean wetlands.