Partnership for integrated management of water resources for nature and people in the Mediterranean

In spite of providing important ecosystem services for free, especially those related to water, Mediterranean wetlands suffer from human activities that lead to theoverexploitationofthisnatural resource, such as water abstraction, unsustainable agriculture, hydropower, and water storage facilities. To tackle the problem of unsustainable water use and management, seven international organizations have started a partnership in the Mediterranean Basin for achieving change on the ground and to build capacity in the region. This […]

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Saltpans Initiative for coastal wetland conservation and restoration in the Mediterranean Region

Saltpans are often part of larger wetland complexes and host many flora and fauna species that have become increasingly dependent on this manmade landscape. They are also home to artisanal practices of salt extraction that are mutually beneficial for both humans and nature. But saltpans are now often mismanaged or simply abandoned. As part of the its strategy for Mediterranean coastal wetlands, MAVA Foundation is supporting the project “Overarching activities […]

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Spatialisation of wetlands functions for a renewed pilotage of wetlands policies in the Rhone river basin

  Most of conservation measures concerning wetlands omit their functional dimensions and focus only on patrimonial areas. A functional approach emphasizes the importance of wetlands with ordinary biodiversity. Spatialisation of wetland functions helps to define an area of concertation with local stakeholders and to reflect on multi-scaling strategies for wetlands management. The overall objective is to support the implementation of wetland related policies in the Rhone river basin using a […]

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Civil society capacity building for sustainable wetland management in southern and western Mediterranean

The civil society, and especially national Non Gouvernemental Organisations (NGOs), is gaining in importance and recognition throughout the Mediterranean, in terms of its capacity to initiate and lead initiatives for the conservation of wetlands. Its enthusiasm is its initial driving force, and has already achieved a great deal. However, for a long-lasting and increasing benefit for wetlands, this enthusiasm needs to be reinforced and turned fully professional through the project: […]

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MedIsWet: The Mediterranean Island Wetlands Network

Wetlands on the Mediterranean islands are of unique importance for flora and fauna species and also provide precious services to human beings. Raising awareness about their values through the implementation of effective actions such as inventories and policy activities is needed to help protect them. Coordinated by WWF Greece, the MedIsWet project efficiently promotes and contributes to the full implementation of Ramsar Resolution XII.14 on “Conservation of Mediterranean Basin island […]

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Governance and stakeholder participation articipation in the management of Mediterranean coastal wetlands

Despite their importance to people and nature, coastal wetlands remain threatened by tourism, urbanisation, industrial development and climate change, etc. It is urgent to promote actions to achieve the preservation of these ecosystems through the mechanisms of good, effective and equitable governance. The project “Governance and stakeholder participation in coastal wetlands’ management” aims to create an enabling environment for reducing threats to coastal wetlands and ensuring sustainable coastal development. In order to […]

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