Monitoring the extent and health of wetlands and their status overtime is critical to inform the needed actions by governments and other actors at all levels. The Convention on Wetlands has always recognized the importance of the national wetland inventories (NWI) as a key tool for informing national policies and other measures to achieve the conservation and wise use of wetlands. It is thus a priority in the Convention’s Strategic […]
This technical leaflet was produced by the Specialist Group on inventories (MedWet/STN/inventories-SG). It shows the importance of wetland inventories, their status in the Mediterranean countries, and the initiatives to support the wetland inventories in the region. The Inventories-SG is one of the five Specialist Groups that make up the MedWet/STN. It comprises 14 experts in complementary disciplines and practices related to wetland inventories in the Mediterranean region. The mission […]
The Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory, functioning under the umbrella of Tour du Valat and the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative MedWet, has just published the new report Mediterranean Wetlands Outlook 2: Solutions for sustainable Mediterranean wetlands (MWO2). The MWO2 updates the situation for Mediterranean wetlands since 2012, the year of publication of the MWO1, which was the first regional indicator-based assessment of the status of wetlands and the challenges that they face. […]
This study was carried out based on a method developed by the GlobWetland-II project, which was launched in 2010 by the European Space Agency (ESA) in order to set up a Global Wetlands Observing System, in partnership with the Ramsar secretariat and its Scientific and Technical Review Panel.
214 maps of coastal wetlands in 22 Mediterranean countries were established using satellite images for the reference years of 1975, 1990, and 2005. Several indicators were then calculated based on these maps, which provide information on trends in the surface area of the different habitats in these wetlands.
This third thematic note easy to read is a synthesis of the second thematic report: Land cover – spatial dynamics in Mediterranean coastal wetlands from 1975 to 2005.
Between 1975 and 2005 the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO) carried out a study of the evolution of land use in 214 coastal wetlands across 22 Mediterranean countries, in accordance with the methodology adopted in the European Space Agency’s (ESA) GlobWetland II Project.
This thematic note is a synthesis of the first Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory report issued in 2012 “The Mediterranean Wetlands Outlook”.
This report presents the results of a three year analysis of the status and trends of wetlands in the Mediterranean, the pressures they face, and propose the recommendations and actions to follow for their conservation in the future.