Life begins in wetlands.

We regularly publish policy briefs and other resources to inform decision-makers of the critical role wetlands play in mitigating the consequences of the climate crisis.

Resources

Legal use of water in agriculture

Legal use of water in agriculture

The publication is also available in FR & AR | The purpose of this guide is to provide auditors and inspectors from agricultural product certification companies, as well as technicians and farmers who require it, with a useful tool to enable them to tackle the complex task of auditing legal water use. See the publication

Wetland Biodiversity is in Crisis – Infographic

Wetland Biodiversity is in Crisis – Infographic

Healthy wetlands play an essential role as a habitat for biodiversity that can help to adapt to climate change. Mediterranean wetlands are a particularly important habitat for migratory birds. 

However they are threatened under human ... See the publication

The Governance of Coastal Wetlands in the Mediterranean: A Handbook

The Governance of Coastal Wetlands in the Mediterranean: A Handbook

2020, Published by PAP/RAC
"This Handbook is designed as a practical guide for the governance of coastal wetlands around the Mediterranean, whether they are formally protected as Ramsar Sites, those designated under national or local legislation, or ... See the publication

Wetlands & People: A Vital Connection

Wetlands & People: A Vital Connection

Wetlands & People: A Vital Connection is a short animated video, which captures the deep rootedness of wetlands in our lives, our souls and our history – and the way in which we humans increasingly threaten them. See the publication

Barcelona COP 21 Policy Position Paper

Barcelona COP 21 Policy Position Paper

At Barcelona Convention COP 21, MedWet and Off Your map partners called for urgent action to support Mediterranean coastal areas and wetlands. This policy position paper highlights the critical role coastal wetlands play as resilient Nature-based Solutions in the fight against climate change, and advocates for a more effective conservation of these biodiversity and culture-rich natural habitats. See the publication

Saltpans and Ponds: Socio-Ecosystems Connecting Lives

Saltpans and Ponds: Socio-Ecosystems Connecting Lives

Salarte and BirdLife have joined forces to help recover and promote wetlands of the East Atlantic Flyway, demonstrating that nature conservation and green economy can go hand in hand, and that protecting wildlife is in fact be a benefit to local income. See the publication

Nature-based Solutions in the Mediterranean: A report by IUCN

Nature-based Solutions in the Mediterranean: A report by IUCN

Throughout the Mediterranean region, environmental organizations are rolling out different types of Nature-based Solutions to tackle key societal challenges in a variety of ecosystems. In a Mediterranean context of increased temperatures, sea level rise, ... See the publication

Outsmart Climate Change: Work with Nature!

Outsmart Climate Change: Work with Nature!

While climate change is becoming more and more of a concrete reality, impacting people and places throughout the Mediterranean region, a broad range of Nature-based Solutions are available to enhance society’s resilience in this new, dynamic and highly ... See the publication

Interview with Jean Jalbert on Nature-Based Solutions by Plan Bleu

Interview with Jean Jalbert on Nature-Based Solutions by Plan Bleu

An interview with Jean Jalbert, director-general of Tour du Valat, conducted during an International Workshop on "Implementation of Nature Based Solutions to tackle climate change: Focus on the Mediterranean region". See the publication

International Workshop on Implementing Nature Based Solutions to tackle climate change in the Mediterranean

International Workshop on Implementing Nature Based Solutions to tackle climate change in the Mediterranean

Researchers, practitioners and policy makers of the Mediterranean region and European Union were gathered from 22 to 24 January to discuss on the benefits and challenges related to Nature Based Solutions implementation.

The city of Marseille hosted the workshop ... See the publication

Nature-Based Solutions in the Camargue’s Former Saltworks

Nature-Based Solutions in the Camargue’s Former Saltworks

In order to mitigate the consequences of climate change that are predicted to increase in the 21th century, Nature-Based Solutions appear more and more as an efficient answer on a long-term basis, economical for public finances, and ... See the publication

Maristanis: Integrated Management of Coastal and Marine Habitats of the Oristano Gulf

Maristanis: Integrated Management of Coastal and Marine Habitats of the Oristano Gulf

The Gulf of Oristano, in Sardinia (Italy), boasts 7,700 hectares of Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), which stretch along 200 km of coastline from Capo Mannu to the lagoon of Marceddì. These wetlands are rich in biodiversity and provide ... See the publication

Buna River Protection Project

Buna River Protection Project

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, ... See the publication

GEMWET- Conservation and Sustainable Development of Ghar el Melh, Tunisia.

GEMWET- Conservation and Sustainable Development of Ghar el Melh, 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 ... See the publication

Ulcinj Salina (Montenegro): Protecting, Restoring and Conserving a Key Wetland for Nature and People

Ulcinj Salina (Montenegro): Protecting, Restoring and Conserving 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 ... See the publication

MedIsWet: The Mediterranean Island Wetlands Network

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 ... See the publication

Saltpans Initiative for Coastal Wetland Conservation and Restoration in the Mediterranean Region

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 ... See the publication

Mediterranean Wetlands Outlook 2

Mediterranean Wetlands Outlook 2

The Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory just published the new report "Mediterranean Wetlands Outlook 2: Solutions for Sustainable Mediterranean Wetlands (MWO-2)".

The MWO-2 updates the situation of Mediterranean wetlands since 2012, the year of ... See the publication

Water, Wetlands and Nature-Based-Solutions in a Nexus Context in the Mediterranean

Water, Wetlands and Nature-Based-Solutions in a Nexus Context in the Mediterranean

Wetlands are among the world's most productive environments. At the crossroads of key economic sectors, wetlands are wellsprings of biological diversity and provide vital natural resources as well as valuable services to mankind, representing a significant ... See the publication