About MedWet

Established in 1991, the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative brings together 27 Mediterranean and peri-Mediterranean countries that are Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971). Palestine and a number of organizations and wetland centres are also part of the MedWet Initiative.

The MedWet mission is to ensure and support the effective conservation of the functions and values of Mediterranean wetlands and the sustainable use of their resources and services.

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The MedWet cartoon

The MedWet cartoon

Created at the occasion of the Ramsar COP 12 in Uruguay, the cartoon is ready to be downloaded and shown in each country by any partner willing to show the services that Mediterranean wetlands are providing.

MedWet, with the help of the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory, produced a three minutes cartoon depicting the priceless services that healthy wetlands can provide despite they are facing many challenges in the Mediterranean region.


Wetlands are one of the planet’s greatest and most misunderstood natural resources. Not simply a resource for fresh water, they function as the earth’s regulation system: like a buoy, wetlands protect the land and coasts from the impacts of extreme weather; like a fan, they keep the climate from fluctuating; and, like a sponge, they filter water and store it so that all forms of life can thrive. But today’s consumptive and resource-dependent lifestyles are threatening these priceless services. MedWet developed this cartoon in order to convey the importance of Mediterranean wetlands’ vital services.

To view and/or download the cartoon in English, click here

To view and/or download the cartoon in French, click here

Video from Segolene Royal for MedWetCom12

Video from Segolene Royal for MedWetCom12

The French Ministry of Ecology was the host of the 12th meeting of the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee (MedWet / Com 12) held in Paris from 7 to 10 February 2016 at the Palais de la Porte Doree.
The meeting brought together representatives of governments, national and international organizations, and wetland experts from all Mediterranean countries to adopt the Framework for Action 2016-2030 entitled “Wetlands for sustainable development in the Mediterranean region”.
On this occasion, the Minister Segolene Royal hosted the meeting by this video recalling the commitment of the Ministry to wetlands and the services they provide.
(Video in French)

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