MedWet Work Plan 2019-2021

The present Strategic Work Plan 2019-2021 is intended to give member organisations, partner institutions and those interested a clear idea of the agenda of MedWet in next three years.

This work plan is meant to be flexible, which means that the implementation of the projects also depends upon funds that will be obtained for the projects and the number and availability of members interested in assisting the organisation.

The Work Plan proposes activities that correspond to the goals and targets of the Ramsar strategic Plan:


Strategic Goal 1: Addressing the drivers of Mediterranean wetlands loss and degradation 

  • Developing and implementing a training programme and organizing training sessions for national and local government officials on wetland services.
  • Increasing the knowledge base and awareness of ecosystem services and values of the Buna Delta in Albania as part of the “Coastal Wetlands Strategy” of the MAVA Foundation.
  • Improving the sustainability of water use in the wetlands of the Gulf of Oristano (Sardinia, Italy) through an integrated management approach as part of the “Coastal Wetlands Strategy” of the MAVA Foundation.


Strategic Goal 2: Effectively conserving and managing the Ramsar Site network

  • Planning and management of some pilot Ramsar Sites representative of contexts: an island site in an EU country; a transboundary site between two European countries not part of the EU; and another site located in North Africa, as part of the “Coastal Wetlands Strategy” of the MAVA Foundation.
  • Establishing and coordinating the Network of Mediterranean Ramsar Site Managers (MeRSiM-Net). It is a Mediterranean membership network of wetland managers dedicated to fostering to best management practices, knowledge exchange and public education about wetland values and services. Learn more:
  • Defining a coordination group of Mediterranean regions committed to wetland conservation.
  • Enabling a multi-stakeholder governance and transboundary mechanism to address the key threats and support knowledge transfer and  joint planning of the Buna Delta (Albania).
  • Develop an advocacy campaign and legal action to enable protection of  Ulcinj Salina (Montenegro).


Strategic Goal 3: Wisely using all wetlands

  • Producing an overview of national wetland inventories in the Mediterranean in collaboration between the MedWet STN and the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO).
  • Producing and disseminating a methodological guide for wetland inventorying.
  • Within the framework of the MedIsWet project, Mediterranean island wetlands will be inventoried and knowledge will be disseminated to the public and to the scientific community.
  • Supporting and promoting the Ramsar Cities Accreditation and promoting the cities already certified, through the MedWet Network.
  • Enhancing and promoting intangible and tangible cultural heritage of wetlands. As part of the work carried out under the MedWet Culture Network, the MedWetSecretariat and MedINA will  undertake a survey of local communities’ practices that are ensuring the effective wise use of wetland resources.
  • Evaluating socioeconomic values of coastal wetlands and marine-related habitats through the Saltpan Initiative as part of the “Coastal wetlands Strategy” of the MAVA Foundation.

Operational Goal 4: Enhancing Implementation

  • Coordinating and reinforcing the MedWet/Scientific and Technical Network (STN). The five Specialist Groups (SGs) will produce at least two relevant outcomes in the 3-years period.
  • The Mediterranean Wetland Observatory (MWO) will publish regularly the status and  trends of Mediterranean wetlands based on reliable indicators.
  • Communicating MedWet activities and, in a broader way Mediterranean, wetland news and  initiatives to members, decision makers and other key stakeholders, through the MedWet website and social media.
  • Designing and producing communications tools for MedWet.
  • Strengthening the promotion of a more active celebration of the WORLD WETLANDS DAY in the MedWet countries by supporting the stakeholders in developing and highlighting the activities carried out in this occasion.
  • Defining and delivering a 3-years capacity building program dedicated to wetland managers.


For more information, read the Approved Work plan 2019-2021 here.