The MedWet Initiative is a partnership of the Governments of 26 Mediterranean and peri-Mediterranean countries: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, The FYR of Macedonia, Tunisia and Turkey, and the Palestinian Authority. They constitute the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee (MedWet/Com), which include also Mediterranean wetland centres and other intergovernmental and international NGOs that have activities related to wetland conservation and sustainable use.

The different entities of the MedWet Initiative are:

i. the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee
ii. the MedWet Steering Group
iii. the MedWet Secretariat
iv. the MedWet Scientific and Technical Network

The Mediterranean Wetlands Committee (MedWet/Com)

The Mediterranean Wetlands Committee is the decision-making body of MedWet The complete list of all involved actors in the Committee is available.

The Mediterranean Wetlands Committee convenes every 1.5 years and reviews the work undertaken by MedWet, creates new strategic priorities and work plans, advises the Ramsar Convention on issues related to Mediterranean wetlands and approves the MedWet budget. All the proceedings from the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee meetings are available.

The MedWet Steering Group

The MedWet Steering Group (MedWet/SG) is the body that operates between the MedWet/Com meetings and is responsible for supervising the operations of the Initiative.

Currently, the members the MedWet/SG are: France (Chair), Greece as former host of the MedWet Secretariat, Morocco (Tunisia as alternate), and Jordan (Lebanon as alternate). Non state members are la Tour du Valat and IUCN, the Ramsar Secretariat and the MedWet Honorary Member, Thymio Papayannis.  All the proceedings from the MedWet Steering Group Meetings are available.

The MedWet Secretariat

The MedWet Secretariat is responsible for supporting the collaboration between MedWet members in terms of programme development, implementation of on-going projects, the dissemination of information on activities, programmes, publications etc. and providing secretariat services.

Due to the generous contribution of the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the MedWet Secretariat was physically established in 2002 in Athens, where it operated until December 2013. At the invitation of the French Government, is operating since May 2014 within the premises of the Wetlands Research Centre of La Tour du Valat, in the Camargue region. The MedWet Secretariat consists of the MedWet Coordinator, A Senior Advisor (the former MedWet Coordinator operating from Athens), a Communications Officer and an Administrative Assistant. Consultants are hired when necessary.  For more information on the people who make up the MedWet Secretariat and their contact information click here.

The Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory

At the request of the MedWet/Com, the Wetlands Research Centre La Tour du Valat (France), established in 2009 the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO) as an specialized department within the Centre to evaluate the status of Mediterranean wetlands, identify trends in wetlands issues and develop indicators for their conservation and sustainable use. The MWO has already produced a number of publications, including the first Mediterranean Wetlands Outlook (2012). The MedWet Secretariat is responsible for transmitting to decision makers in the region the results of the studies undertaken by the MWO with a view to their practical use on the ground. For more details about the MWO click here.

The MedWet Scientific and Technical Network

The MedWet Scientific and Technical Νetwork (MW/ST-Net) provides support to the Initiative for the study and analysis of wetland-related issues. The core group of this Network is composed of a number of wetlands centres.

These wetland centres are governmental or non-governmental entities but collaborate closely with MedWet to provide the core technical and scientific input and to contribute to the development and implementation of MedWet projects and activities.

The Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre (EKBY), based in Thessaloniki, Greece, is an off-spring of the Goulandris Natural History Museum. Established in 1991, it is broadly concerned with sustainable use of natural resources throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. EKBY has developed particular wetland expertise in the fields of wetland inventory and restoration, agricultural impacts on wetland systems as well as training, communications, public awareness and education.
The governmental Instituto da Conservaçaõ da Natureza e das Florestas (ICNF) (Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests) based in Lisbon, Portugal is responsible for the implementation of national environmental regulations. It conducts research and elaborates national strategy for the conservation of natural heritage, including wetlands.
Agenzia regionale per la protezione ambientale della Toscana (ARPAT), (Regional Agency for the Environmental Protection of Tuscany), based in Florence, Italy, monitors the implementation of environmental regulations in the region of Tuscany. ARPAT carries out research that provides policy makers with environmental information on monitoring of surface inland and coastal waters and other issues.
Established in 1954, the Centre de Recherche de la Tour du Valat, based in Camargue, France, is a research center that develops applied expertise on the functioning of wetlands. Moreover the Center tests management methods and disseminates the results of its work through training, publications and joint implementation of innovative projects throughout the Mediterranean basin.


International Organization Partners

BirdLife International is a global partnership of conservation organisations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. Many of these conservation organisations are based in the Mediterranean region.
Conserving biodiversity and promoting sustainability through science, action and influence is central to the mission of IUCN. The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation based in Malaga, Spain is active in projects dealing with the marine and coastal environment, ecosystems and livelihoods, among other issues.
Wetlands International Wetlands International is a global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to maintaining and restoring wetlands— for their environmental values as well as for the services they provide to people. They work in the Mediterranean region and much beyond through a strong global network of twenty offices.
WWF is one of the world’s largest conservation organizations that work to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment. The Mediterranean Programme (WWF-MedPo) based in Rome and with offices in other parts of the Mediterranean region works towards the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands among other important activities.

MW/ST-Net is now a network open to institutes, universities, wetland protected areas, non-profit organizations, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs based in the Mediterranean or working on Mediterranean issues, preferably on wetlands and water. As mandated by the MedWet/Com10 they will work on an expertise basis, based on specific project proposals and will have a mutually beneficial relationship with MedWet. This expansion of partners is hoped to create an operational and technical reference panel that will capitalize on competencies and capacities on a Mediterranean level.