“By restoring coastal wetlands, we can protect our people”
Five years of collaboration between NGOs, authorities and local communities in the Buna Delta offers inspiring solutions to protect and restore other wetlands in Albania.
of Mediterranean wetlands have been destroyed in the last 50 years.
people live in Mediterranean coastal areas.
Why we need to restore our wetlands
“A wetland is distinct ecosystem that is flooded by water, either permanently or seasonally. This includes lagoons, marshes, salinas, swamps, etc”
Moreover, wetlands provide key environmental services, such as:
water for agriculture
Preventing floods and sea level rise to protect local economies
In coastal municipalities, wetlands are essential to protect the population against floods, erosion and natural disasters.
The pioneering experience of Buna
A flooded future: Sea level rise in Buna Delta
The Buna River delta hosts the most important wetlands of high ecological value in the Eastern Mediterranean. Crop and livestock production, fishing and tourism in and around the Buna River are all heavily dependent on healthy wetland resources. But unsustainable practices putting pressure on these local ecosystems which are already highly threatened by the climate crisis.
Discover the achievements of other Mediterranean municipalities
In Camargue, France, a restoration programme has saved public funds of between €13 – €17 million for reconstructing dikes, €7-€24 million for the construction of groins, and at least €800,000 in annual maintenance.
Albania’s political commitments to the Paris Agreement and Ramsar Convention on Wetlands represent a unique opportunity to recover wetlands while contributing to economic development.
What can you do to contribute to conserving wetlands in your region?
Do you know of a wetland that could be restored?
In Albania wetlands are waiting for your help – you can use our solutions for inspiration and practical ideas: PANORAMA | Increasing Community Contribution to the Buna Delta
PANORAMA | Building PA Management Capacity in the Buna Protected Landscape
Contact the Wetland-based Solutions team
Would you like to know where to start? Our policy expert Marianne Courouble will be pleased to advise you on the first steps to plan your restoration activities.
Wetland-Based Solutions is a free-to-access resource and information platform put together by expert scientists, analysts and specialist organisations to assist decision-makers and managers in protecting and restoring these fragile and yet vital ecosystems