Life begins in wetlands.

Life begins in wetlands.

The Mediterranean is getting hotter, and we need its coastal wetlands now more than ever.

+3.8° by 2100

The Mediterranean is warming up faster than the rest of the world.

150
million

Mediterranean people face a rise in the frequency of catastrophic natural events.

36%

of Mediterranean wetland species are threatened with extinction.

While thriving coastal wetlands can offer resilient Nature-Based Solutions to the climate crisis, they are shrinking at an alarming rate. We have lost 48% of our wetlands since 1970. 

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Since 1970, the Mediterranean region has lost 50% of its natural wetlands and we continue to destroy them. These habitats are vital and provide priceless ecosystem services. It is crucial that we urgently work to preserve Mediterranean coastal wetlands.

The project “Enhancing the conservation of coastal wetlands in the Mediterranean Basin” will run until 2022, thanks to the financial support of the MAVA Foundation. It brings together more than 30 partners in 10 countries.

Objectives

  • Restore coastal wetlands and make them work as nature-based solutions to mitigate climate impacts in the region.
  • Encourage sustainable water use and reduce water abstraction.
  • Reduce threats that affect coastal wetlands and related marine habitats.
  • Create new socioeconomic opportunities based on coastal wetlands.
Natural solutions for a better future

Natural solutions for a better future

Today’s global society faces a range of unprecedented challenges – and here in the Mediterranean, these challenges are urgent and all too visible. What we do to address them in this crucial next decade will affect lives across the region and beyond for generations to come.

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Natural solutions for a better future

Natural solutions for a better future

Today’s global society faces a range of unprecedented challenges – and here in the Mediterranean, these challenges are urgent and all too visible. What we do to address them in this crucial next decade will affect lives across the region and beyond for generations to come.

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Why is it so important to protect island wetlands?

Why is it so important to protect island wetlands?

Island wetlands provide invaluable services right across the basin. They store and purify the water island communities need to survive, and they produce fish, food, salt, reeds and other economic materials. They cool hot summer air. In terms of biodiversity, island wetlands provide unique habitats for endemic and endangered species, as well as hosting some of the most important sites for birds in the whole of the Mediterranean, both native and migratory.

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Why is it so important to protect island wetlands?

Island wetlands provide invaluable services right across the basin. They store and purify the water island communities need to survive, and they produce fish, food, salt, reeds and other economic materials. They cool hot summer air. In terms of biodiversity, island wetlands provide unique habitats for endemic and endangered species, as well as hosting some of the most important sites for birds in the whole of the Mediterranean, both native and migratory.

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Help us to preserve and restore Mediterranean wetlands – Become one of the MedWetland Watchers

Help us to preserve and restore Mediterranean wetlands – Become one of the MedWetland Watchers

Since 2017, a coalition of conservation bodies – ‘MedIsWet’ – have been on a mission. It’s their aim to raise awareness of the particular importance of wetlands on Mediterranean islands, and drive regional efforts to save them. So why are island wetlands special? read more

Factsheets of successful restoration cases

Factsheets of successful restoration cases

Discover successful restoration cases of a few Mediterranean coastal wetlands used as a Nature-based solution to tackle the biodiversity and climate crisis in the region. read more

Training on “Ecological wetland restoration” for wetland managers and practitioners​

Training on “Ecological wetland restoration” for wetland managers and practitioners​

This online training was organised, from 20 to 22 June, 2022, by Tour du Valat, with the support of MedWet, in the framework of the project “Strengthening the restoration of Mediterranean Wetlands for nature and people”, coordinated by WWF Spain and financed by MAVA Foundation. read more