Background 

 

Celebrated on 2 February each year, World Wetlands Day (WWD) represents a key moment to raise awareness among the general public and stakeholders around the world, including in the Mediterranean, of the importance of preserving and restoring wetlands.

 

In this regard, the French Biodiversity Agency (OFB) decided to support the dynamics of WWD at the Mediterranean scale relying on the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet), a platform for dialogue among Ministries in the 27 MedWet countries, the Ramsar Site managers, and the national and local NGOs.

 

 

Objective

The project aims to accompany governmental and non-governmental actors in the Mediterranean region in developing and highlighting the activities organized to celebrate WWD through national programmes in the official languages of the respective countries.

 

World Wetlands Day celebration in Croatia, 2020. Photo: © Public Institution “Nature Park Vransko jezero”

 

Elements of success

  1. MedWet, a community of actors committed to wetland conservation.
  2. An updated database of Mediterranean Ramsar Site managers and local NGOs working in the field, which enables the project to be relayed, and the creation of a territorial network.
  3. Effective tools for communication and activity mapping in the languages of the Mediterranean countries.
  4. One call for projects to financially support the local activities.

 

Actions

1. Creation of information and communication materials and census tools for the countries of the Mediterranean rim.

The objective of this action is to mobilise Mediterranean stakeholders to organize events around the challenges of preserving wetlands.

It contains the following activities:

  • The provision of communication and network animation materials.
  • The deployment of forms to register WWD animations and the production of google maps to visualize them in the official languages of the countries.
  • The census of reception centers in wetlands.

 

2. Setting up national WWD coordinations in the different countries of the Mediterranean rim.

This action consists of setting up national steering committees bringing together national and local stakeholders (Ramsar Site managers, managers of protected areas, directors of visitor centers in wetlands, associations, academics, agents of territorial structures, etc.) capable of organising and carrying out WWD events in their countries.

3. Financial support through “WWD Small Grants”.

The action consists of launching a call for projects for WWD activities.
An envelope of 6000 euros has been allocated to finance or co-finance micro-projects up to 250 Euros.

 

Funding

Project achievements

1- communication materials

2020

– Translating and designing into Arabic of the World Wetlands Day materials produced by the Ramsar Convention. The Arabic material is available here.

– Creation of a biodiversity flyer to present the reasons of wetlands degradation to a large audience. Here are the links of the document in FrenchEnglish Arabic

2021

– Translating and designing into Arabic of the World Wetlands Day materials produced by the Ramsar Convention. The Arabic material is available here.
– Translating and design of the “Off Your Map” infographic ‘’Wetlands and water stress in the Mediterranean’’ into 11 languages: French,  Albanian, Bulgarian, Spanish, Turkish, Greek, Montenegrin, Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, Italian.

 

2. The deployment of forms to register WWD animations and the production of google maps to visualize them in the official languages of the countries.

2020

– 12 online questionnaires in 6 languages were launched in order to collect information about events organised to celebrate WWD in the Mediterranean region. Learn more here.

– 93 events were registered in 12 countries. Here is the map of events with more details:

 

 

2021

– 15 online questionnaires in 9 languages were launched. Learn more here.

– 77 events were registered. Here is the map of events with more details:

 

 

3. Setting up national WWD coordinations in the different Mediterranean countries

2020: a consultation meeting was held at the Directorate General of Forests (DGF) of Tunisia, chaired by the Focal Point, with the particpation of representatives of six national stakeholders, and with
the support of MedWet. Learn more here.

2021: the national steering committee was organized virtually with the Albanian actors, coordinated by the MedWet Initiative and with the participation of the MedWet/Ramsar National Focal Point and 13 representatives of local NGOs as well as MedWet.

 

4. Financial support through “WWD Small Grants”.

2020: Twenty-four projects were nominated in the framework of the call for projects. Learn more here.
2021: Twenty-five projects were nominated. Learn more here.