Potentialities for a Blue Economy – FishMPABlue

The Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are beneficial for local fisheries. However, their creation is often subject to strong opposition from local fishermen, who perceive MPAs as limiting their activities and incomes. The FishMPABlue project analyzed the existing experiences of relationships between Small Scale Fisheries (SSF) and Marine Protected Areas of five Mediterranean countries in order to develop an innovative management system that assures the conservation of the environment and, […]

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ECOPOTENTIAL: Informing management of protected areas through Earth Observation

  In order to improve ecosystem benefits and functions in the face of increasing anthropogenic pressures, effective monitoring and modeling of the state and trends in ecosystem conditions and services is needed. This could be done through using existing and upcoming Earth Observation and field monitoring data. ECOPOTENTIAL is a European- funded H2020 project coordinated by the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). It focuses its activities on twenty internationally recognized protected […]

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OFF YOUR MAP: Raising awareness on coastal wetlands

Despite their environmental and economic importance, Mediterranean coastal wetlands remain among the most misunderstood natural resources. Unfortunately, insufficient awareness about the fragile conditions of these ecosystems and the impacts of climate change are at the roots of many threats affecting them. As part of the MAVA Foundation strategy on coastal wetlands in the Mediterranean region, MedWet, with eleven international partners, have started a new project aimed at launching a comprehensive Communication […]

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Ulcinj Salina (Montenegro): Protecting, restoring and con- serving a key wetland for nature and people

The Ulcinj Salina, in Montenegro, is one of the most important stopovers for migrating birds along. The Adriatic Flyway and is also a major nesting, wintering and roosting spot. The salt works, set up in this manmade wetland in the 1920s, ensured a good life for local workers and birds alike. But, today, this treasure is under theat. As part of its strategy for Mediterranean coastal wetlands, the MAVA Foundation […]

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GEMWET- Conservation and sustainable development of coastal wetlands with high ecological value: the Ghar el Melh case, Tunisia.

The city of Ghar el Melh, in the north of Tunisia, has a rich natural and cultural heritage. It hosts the Ghar el Melh lagoon, a Wetland of International Importance, providing precious services to local community. Due to human activities within the lagoon, urgent actions are needed to save the lagoon ecosystem that is facing progressive pressures. As part of its strategy for Mediterranean coastal wetlands, the MAVA Foundation is supporting […]

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Buna River Protection Project

Located on the Adriatic coast, the Bojana/Buna River is shared by Montenegro and Albania. It contains the most important wetlands of high ecological value in the Eastern Mediterranean. Actions are needed to preserve these ecosystems that are home to rare and endangered species. As part of its strategy for Mediterranean coastal wetlands, the MAVA Foundation is supporting the “Buna Delta Protection Project’’ focusing on the Buna River-Velipoja Protected Landscape (BRVPL). The […]

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