Over more than 20 years, MedWet has mobilised major partnerships and substantial funds to develop innovative methods and tools tailored to the realities and needs of the Mediterranean wetlands. It has also pioneered activities looking at wetlands in their wider context: cultural values, socio-economic aspects and land use planning. It also catalysed the establishment of the Mediterranean Wetland Observatory.
MedWet’s greatest achievement has been to establish a community of highly committed institutions and individuals who are dedicated to wetlands: scientists, decision-makers, technicians, academics, public servants and conservationists from all countries. This is an intangible but critical gain to be strengthened in the years to come.
The International Symposium on Water and Wetlands in the Mediterranean, held in Agadir, Morocco, on 6-8 February 2012, marked the 20th Anniversary of MedWet. The Agadir Commitments and The Agadir Guidelines were the key outputs of this event.
Most significant projects in which MedWet has played a key role.
- Creation of a wetland inventory system and database and a framework for planning monitoring programmes, with tools tested in five countries: France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain, including components of management, training, public awareness and dissemination of results.
- Application of these tools in five non-EU countries: Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Morocco and Tunisia, with consideration of the socioeconomic aspects of wetlands.
- Conservation of wetland and coastal biodiversity in five countries: Albania, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia and the territory of the Palestinian Authority. It emphasized capacity building and relied on local expertise, which resulted in management plans for the sites in question.
- Extension of the MedWet Inventory System to nine regions in five countries: France, Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Spain.
- Updating the MedWet inventory methodology, including the use of GIS. The project resulted in a database and had a public awareness component.
- A capacity building project related to the socio-economic assets of wetlands. It resulted in management plans, environmental education centres, training and exchanges among the countries: Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
- Water governance at the local level, with a participative approach as a means of resolving conflicts related to shared water resource in Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.
- Updating the MedWet Inventory system in line with new EU regulations http://www.wetlandwis.net/
- Capacity building for two national NGOs to increase knowledge and capacities to work with stakeholders: Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in Jordan, and Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon.