Developing a wetlands observatory: the Mediterranean case, findings and lessons

Over 50% of wetlands have disappeared in the Mediterranean region in the 20th century, largely due to the growing pressure on water resources from agriculture, urbanization, public infrastructure, and tourism. The Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO) was created under the aegis of the MedWet initiative of the Ramsar Convention, for convincing decision makers to take the appropriate measures for wetland preservation.

This article in the (US-based) National Wetlands Newsletter reviews the process of designing and developing the Observatory, summarizes some of its key initial findings, draws some lessons from its strengths and weaknesses, and discusses how to better reach the MWO objectives.

And all this in just five pages!

To download the article click here

  • Contact:

Christian Perennou, project leader at MWO