MedWet information and knowledge network for the sustainable development of wetland ecosystems. MedWet was the coordinator of this project which was funded by the EU’s Interreg IIIC programme. Project activities took place in France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Estonia, Cyprus and Serbia, with 4 of the project partners being members of the MedWet Scientific and Technical Team. The purpose of this project was the exchange of current knowledge and expertise on methods of inventorying and monitoring wetland ecosystems. One of the main goals was to streamline MedWet Inventory tools in line with new EU regulations, while incorporating Earth Observation technologies and creating an on-line information system for recording wetland data of EU member states.
This project involved three wetland sites in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia and ran from 2004 to 2006. It aimed to reinforce capacity building on a national and local level so that “wise use” of wetlands policies could be implemented. Socio-economic aspects were taken into consideration and were used to involve local stakeholders and improve the income of local communities. Practically, this involved the training of the technical personnel and site managers in the management and monitoring (data collection) of the site. Environmental education centers were established and ecotourism was promoted.
The project took place in 16 wetland sites in Spain and Portugal and ended in 2004. It aimed to improve the management and monitoring plans of the selected sites and provide them with the MedWet inventory methodology for wetland monitoring. The methodology included the use of a GIS system which accounted for legal, socio-economic and cultural aspects. At the same time, an attempt was made to increase country wide and regional cooperation and promote public awareness.
The UNDP/FFEM MedWet Coast project aimed at conserving the biodiversity of global and regional importance in 6 countries/ authority in the Mediterranean basin: Albania, Egypt, Lebanon, morocco, Palestinian Authority and Tunisia. Technically supported by the Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat, the Conservatoire du Littoral and the Atelier Technique des Espaces Naturels, it was financed by the national contributions of these countries as well as the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF).
The MedWet2 project was the second big project under the aegis of MedWet and was essentially a continuation of the MedWet1 project in five non EU member states (Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Morocco and Tunisia). The tools and methods created in MedWet1 were used and adapted and included a new component, a first approach to socio-economic aspects of wetlands. The project was almost fully funded by the EU LIFE third countries framework.
MedWet1 was the first project to be undertaken under the aegis of MedWet and had the primary objective to develop methods and tools specific to Mediterranean wetlands in five areas, inventory and monitoring, wetlands management, training, public awareness and research results and dissemination. It was made possible through the hard work and cooperation of governments, NGO’s and wetland centres in the European Mediterranean region and was completed in 1996 and the results were presented in the Pan-Mediterranean Wetland Conference in Venice, June 1996.