Culture and Wetlands in the Mediterranean: an Evolving Story

This book is the result of a four-year research project (2007-2011) carried out by Med-INA, the Mediterranean Institute on Nature and Anthropos with the financial support of the MAVA Foundation.

The project concerned mainly the implementation in the Mediterranean Region of the Ramsar Guidance on Culture and Wetlands, disseminated in late 2008. Analysing various sectors of human activities and more than 20 wetland sites, the book investigates the benefits that can result from following the objectives and actions proposed by the Ramsar Guidance.


Eden: Marshlands of Mesopotamia

The photographic exhibition Eden: Marshlands of Mesopotamia took place in the framework of the Rodos Ecofilms Festival, 20-25 June 2006.
Thirty seven color prints with portraits of Marsh Arabs, village life, wildlife and landscapes taken during a Biodiversity Survey organised in 2005 were displayed in the exhibition. The photographer, Mr Mudhafar Salim participated in the Survey undertaken as part of a Canada-Iraq Marshlands Initiative (CIMI) to restore the wetland.

9 – Salinas and nature conservation

Brief Description Salinas are part of the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean. Since time immemorial, salt production has been achieved through the natural evaporation of salt water from the sea, coastal or interior lagoons.There is a close analogy with agriculture: an activity based on the harvesting of natural resources, which has gradually evolved into a modern efficient industry, to facilitate collection by man.Salt production is widespread in the Mediterranean where […]


Action for culture in Mediterranean Wetlands

“We must not forget that biodiversity is central to many of the world’s cultures, the source of legend
and myth, the inspiration for art and music”

The purpose of this publication is to encourage the incorporation of cultural values in the management of wetlands, in accordance with Ramsar Resolutions VIII.19 and IX.21, thus creating better conditions for their conservation and the sustainable use of their resources.
Papayannis, T. (2008), Action for Culture in Mediterranean Wetlands, Med-INA, Athens, Greece


Regional Action for Wetlands (2002)

Papayannis Thymio Brief Description This book presents an overview of the development of the MedWet, through the eyes of one of the leading figures of this international initiative for the protection of Mediterranean wetlands. The aim of the book is to document and draw on the experience of the first eleven years of MedWet as a guidance to future efforts for its development.It presents  a description of the circumstance and […]


Mediterranean wetlands socioeconomic aspects

Directed by Benessaiah N Brief Description What are the economic services and benefits that wetlands provide? The authors of this volume consider demographic, economic, biodiversity and development aspects of Mediterranean wetlands. Locations presented ater the Kune-Vain lagoons in Albania, Béni Belaid in Algeria, Delta of the Neretva River in Croatia, Merja Zerga in Morocco and Sebkha el Kelbia in Tunisia. Authors implement a series of theoretical tools on wetlands economic […]