Context

There are 355 Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites) in the Mediterranean region covering nearly nine million hectares of wetlands. They are ecosystems of major importance for all countries and in particular for local citizens.

The MedWet Initiative encourages and supports governments to adopt policies and implement actions on the ground in favor of the conservation and the sustainable use of Mediterranean wetlands, in particular Ramsar Sites. Wetland managers have a key role to play on the ground.

In order to support them, MedWet is building the Mediterranean Ramsar Site Managers Network (MeRSiM-Net). MedWet overall purpose is to promote a process of changing policies and practices through the establishment of a successful network of people committed to wetland conservation and sustainable use.
The Network is set-up as a share-and-learn network. Wetland managers come together, with an interest toadvance their conservation and sustainable use agendas. They learn together and share their experiences.

Our Objectives

The MeRSiM-Net contributes to achieving the objectives of the Ramsar Convention to establish and maintain comprehensive, effectively managed, and ecologically representative national and regional systems of Wetlands of International Importance. These systems collectively, inter alia through regional networks, contribute to achieving the conservation and wise use of wetland ecosystems. This should significantly reduce the current rate of wetland loss at the global, regional, national and sub-national levels. A development that will represent a significant contribution to achieving, by 2030, the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The objectives of the Network can be summarised as follows:

To promote the feeling and experience of belonging to the Mediterranean Ramsar Sites ‘ethos’.

To facilitate exchanges of knowledge and experiences concerning the situation of and management practices in Mediterranean Ramsar Sites.

To facilitate mutual support in terms of technical advice and assistance in problem solving.

To encourage the twinning of Mediterranean Ramsar Sites.

Our Activities

Knowledge Sharing Platform​


Knowledge sharing is a key driver for the Network development. It facilitates exchange on practices, and messages that promote ownership, change and results.

Mediterranean Ramsar sites Annual Forum

The Forum is an opportunity for the assessment of the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in relation to the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. The annual Forum will include a thematic seminar and parallel sessions.

Capacity building


The Network will promote complementarity by transferring successful activities between Ramsar Sites with the support of the MedWet Scientific and Technical Network (MedWet/STN) and the Observatory. One physical workshop and six webinars per year will be delivered.

Guidelines on sustainable practices

The Network will quantify the effectiveness of the transfer potential and will identify what factors have most facilitated or hindered transfer.
The Guidelines will highlight best practices in Mediterranean wetlands.

The MeRSiM-Net is comprised of legal entities that manage Ramsar sites in the Mediterranean area or are interested in the management or the establishment of these and wish to contribute to the establishment and strengthening of the Network. The legal entities are represented by their acting legal representatives or any other persons whose authorisations have been notified to the MedWet Secretariat by the Ramsar National Focal Points.

How it works and
Who is eligible?

How to become
a member of
the Network?

The management entities of Ramsar sites that have filed their applications pursuant to the conditions specified by the internal rules may become members.