This project involved three wetland sites in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia and ran from 2004 to 2006. It aimed to reinforce capacity building on a national and local level so that “wise use” of wetlands policies could be implemented. Socio-economic aspects were taken into consideration and were used to involve local stakeholders and improve the income of local communities. Practically, this involved the training of the technical personnel and site managers in the management and monitoring (data collection) of the site. Environmental education centers were established and ecotourism was promoted.
The project took place in 16 wetland sites in Spain and Portugal and ended in 2004. It aimed to improve the management and monitoring plans of the selected sites and provide them with the MedWet inventory methodology for wetland monitoring. The methodology included the use of a GIS system which accounted for legal, socio-economic and cultural aspects. At the same time, an attempt was made to increase country wide and regional cooperation and promote public awareness.
The UNDP/FFEM MedWet Coast project aimed at conserving the biodiversity of global and regional importance in 6 countries/ authority in the Mediterranean basin: Albania, Egypt, Lebanon, morocco, Palestinian Authority and Tunisia. Technically supported by the Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat, the Conservatoire du Littoral and the Atelier Technique des Espaces Naturels, it was financed by the national contributions of these countries as well as the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF).
The MedWet2 project was the second big project under the aegis of MedWet and was essentially a continuation of the MedWet1 project in five non EU member states (Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Morocco and Tunisia). The tools and methods created in MedWet1 were used and adapted and included a new component, a first approach to socio-economic aspects of wetlands. The project was almost fully funded by the EU LIFE third countries framework.
MedWet1 was the first project to be undertaken under the aegis of MedWet and had the primary objective to develop methods and tools specific to Mediterranean wetlands in five areas, inventory and monitoring, wetlands management, training, public awareness and research results and dissemination. It was made possible through the hard work and cooperation of governments, NGO’s and wetland centres in the European Mediterranean region and was completed in 1996 and the results were presented in the Pan-Mediterranean Wetland Conference in Venice, June 1996.
Ecosystem Based Water Resources Management to Minimize Environmental Impacts from Agriculture Using State of the Art Modelling Tools in Strymonas Basin. The project took place in the Strymon Basin in Greece and ended in 2007. The aim of this project was to utilize new age modeling technologies to assess the impact of the agricultural sector on the surface and groundwater. These were then used to suggest solutions for sustainable management and the restoration of the water bodies. The results and methodology were disseminated to local and national authorities and the scientific communities.