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Mediterranean Wetlands for Water and People

Building civil society's capacities to dialogue with governments about improved wetland management represents the potential value added of this project. This project promoted exchange of experiences between Mediterranean countries on the issues of participatory and integrated water management and environmental security.


Action Description:

A regional initiative with 3 pilot projects

 

 

All over the East and Southern Mediterranean region, wetlands are being lost or degraded. Many wetlands are already lost. For others, this is the outlook for the near future.

This loss is directly impacting the biodiversity of these ecosystems and the lives of many people that depend on the services provided by these areas, such as water and food. The loss of wetlands is also an indicator of unsustainable land use like deforestation, agricultural practices and water management in this water scarce region. The Mediterranean Wetlands for Water and People project demonstrates ways to improve the situation and reduce wetland loss (Integrated Water Resource Management). A key element for long term ongoing improvement of policies is to support the civil society in participating in decision making on wetland and water issues. The project is directly involved to prevent and decrease degradation of a lake area in Tunisia and of rivers in Jordan and in Morocco.

How we work

This project will promote exchange of experiences between Mediterranean countries on the issues of participatory and integrated water management and environmental security through the implementation and coordination of the three following projects:

 

 

  • Jordan : « Integrated water resources management and conservation in the Mujib Reserve » ; Partner : Royal Society for Conservation of Nature. Click here for more information.

  • Tunisia : « Integrated water resources management in Ichkeul catchment area, taking into account the conservation of Ichkeul ecosystems » ; Partner : Institut National Agronomique de Tunis.  Click here for more information.

  • Morocco : « Capacity strengthening of civil society and water administration of Sebou river Basin to assess and monitor the ecological status of Sebou river » ; Partners : WWF Morocco and Sebou River Basin Agency. Click here for more information.

Duration of pilot projects: 2-3 years (2009-2011)

Budget allocated for each project by CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency): 180,000 euros plus 90,000 euros of cofinancing from the local partners.

 

For more information, go to www.wetlands.org/medwetwat.


Action Partners:

Morocco: WWF Med Po and Sebou River Basin Agency (ABHS)

Tunisia: National Agronomic Institute of Tunis (INAT)

Jordan: The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN)