This report is the first report of the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO) which was created in 2008 under the framework of the MedWet Intiative in order to monitor and assess the status and trends of Mediterranean wetlands and to increase knowledge on their various benefits. The report presents the results of a three year analysis of the status and trends of wetlands in the Mediterranean and the pressures they face.
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.
Prior to developing a regional wetlands Observatory, a preliminary step is to assess the monitoring situation, needs and expectations from countries representatives and other targeted users. This document includes questionnaires, results and analysis of the survey conducted between 2009 and 2011 among 16 Mediterranean countries.
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.
O Sistema de Classificação de Habitats MedWet (Farinha et al. 1996), um sistema de classificação hierárquico que permite descrever detalhadamente os habitats de zonas húmidas, foi apresentado durante o projecto MedWet 1 (1993-1996). Este sistema foi adaptado do sistema utilizado no inventário de zonas húmidas dos Estados Unidos da América (Cowardin 1979) e desde então sofreu várias adaptações que neste trabalho são também analisadas, nomeadamente o inventário de zonas húmidas de África do Sul (Dini & Cowan 2000). Link to the PDF Book only in Portuguese.
Brief Description This publication serves as a manual to the latest tool for inventorying wetlands developed by MedWet. Known as the MedWet/SUDOE database, this information product is the culmination of a five year project aimed at improving tools for inventorying wetlands, a longstanding priority in the work of MedWet. Information in the database and manual are organized around three levels relating to the hydrological basin, to wetland site as well […]