Report on Mediterranean wetlands


The Tour du Valat and the Coordination unit of Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory have published the results of the study “Mediterranean wetlands Monitoring situation and needs assessment”. The study covers 16 countries of the Mediterranean area (60% of MedWet countries). The report is available in French and English, with a summary in Arabic language.

The Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO), under MedWet initiative, has started its monitoring and evaluation implementation phase in 2010. The aim of this management tool is to contribute to wetlands protection and wise use by sharing and analyzing information. Results are specially targeted towards decision-makers and citizens. The MWO is one of the responses against the continuous degradation and decline of wetlands, their habitats and biodiversity. The implementation is based on an impact-oriented M&E framework build on participatory manner since 2007 with Mediterranean country representatives, and technical and institutional partners.

At the start of the MWO institutional building in 2009, the MWO coordination unit, country representatives and other partners have decided to launch a preparatory wetlands M&E situation and need assessment study in a sample of Mediterranean countries that will serve as initial regional reference and baseline for the future.

The study, supported financially by the French Government and MAVA Foundation, was implemented by the MWO Coordination Unit (based at the Tour du Valat) between October 2009 and June 2011. Results may interest Mediterranean countries and sub-regions to consolidate their national and local protected areas and wetlands M&E systems. It covers 16 countries of the Mediterranean (60% of MedWet countries). The report is available in French and English, with a summary in Arabic.

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