The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) is an organization promoting conservation, restoration and science-based management of wetlands. With its 3000 members worldwide, SWS continues to lead wetland science by developing […]
At a meeting held in Marseille, France, on 23-24 June 2016, the Dialogue 5+5 (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia + France, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain) adopted the draft […]
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.
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.
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.