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International Symposium on Water and Wetlands in the Mediterranean “From Grado to Agadir: The next 20 years”

International Symposium, Agadir, Morocco, 6-8 February 2012

The Ramsar Convention and its MedWet Initiative, the High Commissariat for Water, Forests and Desertification Control of Morocco announce the organisation on an international symposium on water and wetlands in the Mediterranean basin, which will be held on 6-8 February 2012 in the city of Agadir, Morocco. BirdLife International, the IUCN, the Tour du Valat Research Centre, Wetlands International and WWF International are key partners in the organisation of the event. Main sponsors of the Symposium are the MAVA Foundation and the Ministry of Environment of Italy.

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The Symposium is organised twenty years after the key conference on Mediterranean wetlands, which took place in Grado, Italy and gave rise to the MedWet Initiative. The Symposium aims to bring together key conservation and policy actors in order to review the current situation of water and wetlands in the Mediterranean, assess the new challenges and plan for the next twenty years.

The current situation and challenges will be viewed through six thematic workshops that will deal with key issues that affect wetland ecosystems like human pressures and wetland services, adaptation to climate change, values of wetland cultural services, sustainable use of wetland resources and wetland ecosystems biodiversity and its values. Real facts and figures on the status and trends of Mediterranean wetlands will accompany the workshops based on the conclusions of the first report of the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory. Various side events will be organised, for more information please visit
Dates: 6 February – 8 February 2012 
Location: Agadir, Morocco
Contact: Agadir 2012 International Symposium Secretariat
Phone: +30 2108089270 
Fax: +30 2108089274 

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