Wetlands are at the heart of life itself – but in the Mediterranean, our wetlands are in crisis.
of Mediterranean wetlands have been destroyed in the last 50 years, and the wetlands which are remaining are degraded or damaged.
million people of the Mediterranean population have made coastal areas their home.
Our planet is heating up fast. And this, combined with an ever-growing global population means that restoring and conserving our remaining wetlands has never been more urgent.
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, managers in protecting and restoring these vital ecosystems
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of Mediterranean wetland area is in need of restoration
The “MedWetland Watchers” mobile app
Help us identify wetlands in need of restoration!
The new app MedWetland Watcher allows scientists, technicians, nature lovers and citizens to contribute to the conservation of nature in the Mediterranean by reporting wetlands that are threatened and in need of restoration. By sharing their observations, each user can report the presence of wetlands worthy of protection, providing useful information for scientific knowledge and for starting of protection actions.
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?
Ghar el Melh is among Tunisia’s most precious coastal heritage. It was the first North African and Middle Eastern city to receive Ramsar’s Wetland City Accreditation Award, in recognition of its formal engagement in efforts to support wetland protection and sustainability, and the area is drawing increasing numbers of visitors as it becomes better known.
Ghar El Melh incarne un potentiel conséquent dans divers secteurs socio-économiques. En effet, l’agriculture, la pêche et le tourisme représentent trois activités fortement ancrées dans la région.
Hear the voice of our Wetlanders