The Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet) participated on 12th November 2020 in the first edition of the “Tunisian Forests Week”, organized by the General Directorate of Forests (DGF) of Tunisia and WWF North Africa, under the supervision of the Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fishing.
During this week, various themes were addressed to key actors of the environment and forests, and in favor of an informed public in terms of environmental conservation. These include forest development projects, partnerships for the development of the forest and pastoral sector, biodiversity and forest conservation, public-private partnerships, forest co-management, community development plans, value chains for forest products and forests, as well as climate change, with the intervention of experts in several related fields.
MedWet was able to present to about a hundred participants (via Zoom application) three of its missions deployed thanks to its network of actors:
- Valorization of the World Wetlands Day (WWD) financed by the French Biodiversity Agency (OFB) to assist the actors in implementing the WWD in the Mediterranean region through information and communication actions, the mobilization of governmental actors and small grants. More information here
- Animation of the Network of Mediterranean Ramsar Site Managers dedicated to fostering best management practices, knowledge exchange, public education about wetland values and services, and strengthening the capacities of the managers of these sites of high ecological importance. Learn more about the Network here.
- Support to cities wishing to submit their candidatures for the Wetland City accreditation scheme, provided by the Ramsar Convention, by sustaining the celebration of WWD thanks to the support of OFB despite the current health context.
It should be recalled that Tunisia has 17 national parks, 27 nature reserves and 256 wetlands, 41 of which are included in the List of Wetlands of International Importance (the Ramsar List).