The 12th Meeting of the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee was hosted by the French Ministry of Ecology from 7 to 10 February in Paris, at the Palais de la Porte Dorée.
The Mediterranean Wetlands Committee is the decision-making body of the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet). Established in 1991, MedWet brings together 26 Mediterranean countries that are Parties to the Convention on Wetlands.
The meeting brought together government officials, national and international organizations, and wetlands experts from all Mediterranean countries to discuss a Framework for Action 2016-2030: “Wetlands for Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean Region”.
The Framework proposed more than 80 actions to stop the degradation of wetlands, to recover wetlands’ ecosystems and to facilitate the sustainable use of services and resources provided by wetlands.
The Framework has been designed as an early contribution to assist countries in achieving wetlands related Sustainable Development Goals approved by the United Nations in September 2015. With committed Mediterranean countries and the donor community, by 2030 well-managed wetlands are expected to make a significant contribution to sustainable socio-economic development.
Acting Secretary General, Ania Grobicki, addressed the Committee at the closing ceremony “On behalf of the Ramsar Secretariat, and working closely together with MedWet, we pledge to dedicate all our efforts to supporting the countries of the Mediterranean in implementing the Resolutions of the Ramsar Convention, within the coherent policy frameworks of the Ramsar Strategic Plan, and the Sustainable Development Goals. We need this integrated approach, we need this focus on ecosystems, and we urgently need action on the ground on these issues. We no longer have to make a false choice between environment or development – through beautiful and well-managed wetlands, we can have both.”
MedWet implements the Fourth Ramsar Strategic Plan 2016-2024 in the Mediterranean region by mobilizing governments, civil society organizations, research centres and donors and ensuring that wetlands are conserved, wisely used, restored and their benefits are recognised and valued by all.
MedWet member countries are: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, The FYR of Macedonia, Tunisia and Turkey, and the Palestinian Authority.