WAMAN SEBOU: Managing Water Resources in Morocco (the Sebou river basin)

  During the last ten years, a solid partnership has been built between the main management bodies in the Sebou river basin (Morocco) and several international organisations for nature and wetland conservation. This has greatly improved awareness of the need for improving water management practices, by implementing the notion of a river minimum flow as a key approach. The WAMAN (WAter MANagement) Sebou project is intended to build on the […]

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Wetlands Sentinels in the Maghreb: the MedWet Network of Civil Society

  North Africa is home to many important sites ranked on the list of Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites) such as estuaries, chotts, coastal swamps, mountain lakes, and oases. Unfortunately, these wetlands of high ecological value are threatened because of human activities. The overall objective was to contribute to promoting the conservation and sustainable participatory management of selected priority wetlands in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia through the development and […]

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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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