Fifth workshop of the Waterbird Network in the Mediterranean


The Mediterranean Waterbird Network aims to improve the monitoring of waterbirds and the conservation of wetlands in the Mediterranean region.



Financed by the Ministry of Ecology from France and the Albert II Foundation, the Network will be holding its fifth workshop in Tunis from 14 to 18 September 2017.



In close collaboration with the Association des Amis des Oiseaux (AAO)/BirdLife Tunisie and the National Office for Hunting and Wildlife (ONCFS), la Tour du Valat will animate a new workshop on the theme of international collaboration and the possibilities of exchanges between the south and the north of the Mediterranean.

After five years of collaboration with the five countries of North Africa, the workshop will be attended by representatives of six other countries, including Spain, France, Italy, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. National coordinators of the International Waterbird Census (IWC) from eleven Mediterranean countries will meet to discuss opportunities for international collaboration.


National coordinators of the International Waterbird Census (IWC)


With the common goal of improving knowledge and the protection of waterbirds at national and international level and contributing to improving wetland conservation, national coordinators of IWC will address opportunities for improved monitoring at the regional scale, as well as joint studies and projects.

This workshop is part of the long research history of the Tour du Valat created by Luc Hoffmann in 1954 for which the Camargue is a major migration hub on the African and European scale.



To learn more about the Mediterranean WaterBird Network, download the flyer which is available in three languages:








More information

The website of MedWaterbirds:

The facebook page of MedWaterbirds


ROEM technical partners:

Algeria: Nadjiba Bendjeda and Samir Sayoud – General Directorate of Forests and the Centre cynégétique de Regahia

Egypt: Wed Abdou latif Ibrahim and Ayman Hamada Abdelhamid Ahmed – Egyptian Environmental Ministry

Libya: Khaled Etayeb and Mohamed Abubakera Abuzanin – Libyan Society for Birds and Libyan Environmental Ministry

Morocco: Mohamed Dakki and Asmaâ Ouassou – Research Group for the Protection of Birds in Morocco (GREPOM) and the Scientific Institute (Rabat)

Tunisia: Claudia Feltrup Azafzaf and Hichem Azafzaf – AAO/BirdLife Tunisia


New technical partners:

Spain: Blas Molina – SEO/BirdLife Spain

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Danka Uzunova – Macedonian Ecological Society

France: Clémence Gaudard – LPO France

Greece: Danae Portolou – Hellenic Ornithological Society

Italy: Marco Zenatello – Istituto Superiore per la Protezione and the Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA)

Turkey: Kiraz Ercyaz – Ornithological Research Center – Ondokuz Mayis University



Laura Dami, Manager of the Project “Mediterranean Water Bird Network”