Fostering synergies around water and wetlands in the Mediterranean:
MedWet/MAVA project 1346 has been accepted and its activities should start on the 15th of
The general aim of the project is to increase the effectiveness and impact of MedWet by
improving its activities in the fields of networking, communication, synergy creation and
resource mobilisation for the wise use of Mediterranean wetlands, in the directions set out by
the Agadir Guidelines and oriented along the four main axes of the MedWet long term vision.
In order to assume its new role tailored by the Agadir Guidelines, the project will in fact assist
MedWet to carve its new niche and restructure its organizational model with the perspective of
long term sustainability. This will be achieved through the implementation of two objectives,
the first one being to upgrade and reinforce the role of MedWet in promoting facilitation and
regional coordination of wetlands conservation. To this end, the visibility of MedWet will be
raised by enhancing its capacity to create, coordinate and animate wetlands related networks
(the MedWet Civil Society network, the MedWet Partners for Water, PPI-OSCAN and the
MedWet Culture Network) and through raising awareness, lobbying and promoting actions in
favour of Mediterranean wetlands to a variety of audiences.
The second objective is centred on MedWet’s long term sustainability through the creation of a
renewed model of funding and operation. The selected approach uses communication,
capacity building and network animation and facilitation as a way of transferring knowledge
and of creating partnerships and ultimately of improving the framework conditions for the
protection of Mediterranean wetlands.
The project directly addresses all three Goals of Priority axis 3 of the MAVA strategy for the
Mediterranean basin and directly or indirectly addresses all the MAVA transversal themes. The
need for this project proposal has arisen from the difficult financial and political situation in
most Mediterranean countries and will allow MedWet to ensure its operation and capitalise on
the momentum and outputs of the Agadir Symposium on Water and Wetlands in the
Mediterranean (February 2012). MedWet’s long history guarantees the social sustainability of
the project as well as the participation of a wide network of Mediterranean partners that will be
crucial in the implementation of the project’s activities.