The MedWet Initiative is a partnership of the Governments of 26 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, Turkey, and the Palestinian Authority, Mediterranean wetland centres that form the MedWet Scientific and Technical Team and other entities like intergovernmental, international and national organizations and NGO’s that have activities related to wetland conservation. The complete overview of MedWet’s Terms of Reference is available.
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 the MedWet Initiative and operates within the framework of the Ramsar Convention. It is composed of the 26 member countries and the Palestinian Authority, intergovernmental organizations, International Organization Partners (IOP’s) of the Ramsar Convention and four specialised wetland centres, which are part of the MedWet Scientific and Technical Team. 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 financial budget. The 10th Mediterranean Wetlands Committee meeting was held in Corsica, France, in June 2010. 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 Mediterranean Wetlands Committee meetings and is responsible for making operational decisions and resolving issues identified during the implementation of the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee decisions.
The MedWet Steering Group members are appointed by the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee. The 10th Mediterranean Wetlands Committee meeting that took place in Corsica in June 2010 appointed four country representatives, one International Organization Partner (IOP) representative, one representative from the MedWet Scientific and Technical Team, one representative of the Ramsar Secretariat, the MedWet Honorary member and the MedWet Secretariat Coordinator (ex officio non-voting). For the next triennium the members are France which is the Chair, Greece as a standing member because it hosts 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 serves as the office of the Initiative, coordinating and facilitating its work. Overall, it 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, Greece in the northern suburb of Kifissia. The MedWet Secretariat consists of the MedWet Coordinator and supporting Secretariat staff, according to the programme needs and available resources. For more information on the people who make up the MedWet Secretariat and their contact information click here.
The MedWet Scientific and Technical Network
The MedWet Scientific and Technical Νetwork (MW/ST-Net) is an integral part of the MedWet Initiative and responsible for the scientific and technical support of the MedWet Work Plans. The MW/ST- Net is composed of a core group of members that are also part of the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee and new partners from all over the Mediterranean region. The core group is composed of the:
Former MedWet Scientific and Technical Team
These four wetland centres are independent 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 for its two decades of achievement.
|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 inventorying and restoration, agricultural impacts on wetland systems as well as training, communications, public awareness and education.|
|Instituto da Conservaçaõ da Natureza e das Florestas (ICNF) 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), based in Florence, Italy, monitors the implementation of environmental regulations in the region of Tuscany, Italy. ARPAT carries out research that provides policy makers with environmental information among others on monitoring of surface inland and coastal waters.|
|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. The Biological Station of Tour du Valat moreover 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 others.|
|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 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, or Non Governmental Organizations 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.