Civil society capacity building for sustainable wetland management in southern and western Mediterranean

The civil society, and especially national Non Gouvernemental Organisations (NGOs), is gaining in importance and recognition throughout the Mediterranean, in terms of its capacity to initiate and lead initiatives for the conservation of wetlands. Its enthusiasm is its initial driving force, and has already achieved a great deal. However, for a long-lasting and increasing benefit for wetlands, this enthusiasm needs to be reinforced and turned fully professional through the project: […]

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MedIsWet: The Mediterranean Island Wetlands Network

Wetlands on the Mediterranean islands are of unique importance for flora and fauna species and also provide precious services to human beings. Raising awareness about their values through the implementation of effective actions such as inventories and policy activities is needed to help protect them. Coordinated by WWF Greece, the MedIsWet project efficiently promotes and contributes to the full implementation of Ramsar Resolution XII.14 on “Conservation of Mediterranean Basin island […]

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Governance and stakeholder participation articipation in the management of Mediterranean coastal wetlands

Despite their importance to people and nature, coastal wetlands remain threatened by tourism, urbanisation, industrial development and climate change, etc. It is urgent to promote actions to achieve the preservation of these ecosystems through the mechanisms of good, effective and equitable governance. The project “Governance and stakeholder participation in coastal wetlands’ management” aims to create an enabling environment for reducing threats to coastal wetlands and ensuring sustainable coastal development. In order to […]

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Potentialities for a Blue Economy – FishMPABlue

The Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are beneficial for local fisheries. However, their creation is often subject to strong opposition from local fishermen, who perceive MPAs as limiting their activities and incomes. The FishMPABlue project analyzed the existing experiences of relationships between Small Scale Fisheries (SSF) and Marine Protected Areas of five Mediterranean countries in order to develop an innovative management system that assures the conservation of the environment and, […]

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ECOPOTENTIAL: Informing management of protected areas through Earth Observation

  In order to improve ecosystem benefits and functions in the face of increasing anthropogenic pressures, effective monitoring and modeling of the state and trends in ecosystem conditions and services is needed. This could be done through using existing and upcoming Earth Observation and field monitoring data. ECOPOTENTIAL is a European- funded H2020 project coordinated by the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). It focuses its activities on twenty internationally recognized protected […]

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OFF YOUR MAP: Raising awareness on coastal wetlands

Despite their environmental and economic importance, Mediterranean coastal wetlands remain among the most misunderstood natural resources. Unfortunately, insufficient awareness about the fragile conditions of these ecosystems and the impacts of climate change are at the roots of many threats affecting them. As part of the MAVA Foundation strategy on coastal wetlands in the Mediterranean region, MedWet, with eleven international partners, have started a new project aimed at launching a comprehensive Communication […]

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