A new publication by the Mediterranean Institute on Nature and Anthropos/ Med-INA has been released. Presenting a great deal of valuable information on cultural values and wetlands the publication aims to encourage taking into account of cultural values in the management of wetlands.
The book presents information on culture-related activities relating to 22 wetland sites in the Mediterranean. Well illustrated the book provides up-to-date documentation of characteristic on-going cultural activities related to the Mediterranean wetlands, examining at the same time their significance for the management and protection of these sensitive ecosystems.
A main conclusion of this work is that nature and culture are two interdependent elements and therefore “we cannot understand and manage the ‘natural’ environment unless we understand the human culture that shaped it”. Thus, the values resulting from cultural activities are important in strengthening the links of people with wetlands, which are a prerequisite for wetland conservation and for the sustainable use of their resources and services.
Among others the book informs about the work undertaken in the field of cultural values of wetlands within MedWet and within the Ramsar Convention on wetlands.
The publication is available from Med-INA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Papayannis, T. (2008), Action for culture in Mediterranean Wetlands, Med-INA, Athens, Greece
You can download the publication available in English and in French at this address
Updated on 5/27/2008 3:19:45 PM.