The Mediterranean region is home to 425 Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites) covering nearly nine million hectares. These ecosystems are vital for all countries in the region and are particularly important for local citizens, providing critical habitat for a wide variety of plant and animal species, regulating water flow and quality, and offering important recreational and cultural opportunities.

The MedWet Initiative aims to promote the conservation and sustainable use of Mediterranean wetlands by encouraging governments to adopt policies and implement actions on the ground. Wetland managers, who play a key role in this effort, are responsible for overseeing wetland conservation and ensuring that these ecosystems are used sustainably.

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To support wetland managers in their efforts, MedWet is building the MedWet Managers Network, a share-and-learn network where managers can come together to advance their conservation and sustainable use agendas. By learning from one another and sharing their experiences, these managers are working to establish a successful network of people committed to wetland conservation and sustainable use in the Mediterranean region.

Our Objectives

The MedWet Managers Network 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.

We established the MedWet Managers Network to support managers of Ramsar Sites in the Mediterranean region by providing them opportunities to exchange experiences and knowledge, to promote their wise use efforts and to enhance the conservation status of their sites. It is by working together that we can make a positive difference and real change on the ground for our precious Mediterranean wetlands.
Alessio Satta
Coordinator of the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet)
Bringing together people involved in the management of Ramsar Sites was very helpful along the Danube river course and across a large country like France. Using a similar approach to unite the forces, sharing the know-how and bringing together the good practices across the Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot is a promising MedWet programme, one that will hopefully become an example for other parts of the world.
Senior Advisor for Europe at the Ramsar Convention Secretariat

Our Activities

Knowledge Sharing Platform​

Knowledge sharing is a key driver for the Network development. The MedWet Managers Network provides the opportunity to Ramsar Site managers and other stakeholders to benefit from lessons learnt from successful experiences and about problems encountered, by taking advantage of best practices and achievements done in the Mediterranean.

Mediterranean Ramsar Sites
Bi-annual Forum

The Forum will be an opportunity to assess the effectiveness of the Ramsar Convention in the Mediterranean region. Thematic seminars and parallel sessions will discuss key issues and exchange experiences related to wetland conservation and management. The forum will be organised when resources become available.

Capacity building

Through physical workshops and several webinars per year, the MedWet Managers Network will reinforce capacities of managers and National Focal Points to effectively manage their Ramsar sites, and increase knowledge to improve their ability to solve the problems they face and to achieve their conservation objectives.

Advocacy for site conservation
and wise use

Advocating for the conservation and effective management of wetlands through producing briefings for decision-makers and the donor community and attending international/regional/national meetings and events to present the experience of the MedWet Managers Network.

Twinning of Mediterranean
Ramsar sites

Two or more Ramsar sites in the Mediterranean region could be “twinned” to facilitate cooperation and active exchange of experiences through exchange visits between members with a defined programme about issues to be observed/investigated.

Guidelines on sustainable use practices of wetlands

The MedWet Managers Network will evaluate the potential to transfer and share experiences and will identify which factors facilitate or hinder these transfers. The Guidelines will also highlight best practices in Mediterranean wetlands. Members will be invited to contribute to scientific/technical papers/publications about conservation and sustainable use issues that they have investigated, experienced or became aware of in their countries.

Our fields of work

The main field related to Mediterranean wetlands and on which the MedWet Managers Network works.

The MedWet Managers Network 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.