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.




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.



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.

Map of events organized in the Mediterranean region to celebrate World Wetlands Day in 2020:

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

This action consists in 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.


Duration of the project :

37 months (2019-2021)


Funding :