Zones humides côtières et crise climatique : Pourquoi la Méditerranée a besoin des solutions fondées sur la nature

Jul 10, 2020 | French

2020, Publié par Off Your MAP

La Méditerranée se réchauffe – et nous avons plus que jamais besoin de ses zones humides côtières. Cette publication explique pourquoi elles sont importantes, notamment en ce qui concerne le changement climatique, et le travail novateur que les partenaires de MAVA M3 et la campagne Off Your Map, menée par MedWet, réalisent pour préserver et restaurer ces écosystèmes vitaux.

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Factsheets of successful restoration cases

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