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Regional Coordination Unit Newsletter
Edito August 2005

As the regional component of the MedWetCoast project enters its last few months of operation and as the overall project is moving to its final phase (all components will be complete by end of 2006), the focus these days is on documenting, documenting, and … documenting. Since early 2005, the RCU has initiated three such reviews: 1) a Management Plan Peer Review, to study the experience and lessons learned in the MWC site management planning process - a regional seminar took place in Rabat in June 2005 and a final report will be tabled at the end of September 2005, 2) a socio-economic booklet to document the case studies of how the socio-economic approach has been understood and applied in the MWC sites - the booklet will be finalized by October 2005, and 3) an assessment of the training and capacity building activities. At the country level, the national components, though busy with implementation of site management actions, are also putting an increased effort onto monitoring activities. A number of critical evidences of ecosystem rehabilitation and improvement of the sites is being reported: regeneration of habitats, reduced pressures and violations, and … happy species! like this new sighting of otter in Aammiq or this Green turtle laying eggs in Tyr Coast Nature Reserve. Things are getting better at the sites!
Happy reading, Sylvie

Edito Août 2005
Alors que la composante régionale du projet MedWetCoast entre dans ses derniers mois d'opération et que le projet dans son ensemble est dans sa phase finale (toutes les composantes du projet seront achevées d'ici à fin 2006), le mot d'ordre ces jours ci est 'documenter', 'documenter' et … 'documenter'. Depuis le début 2005, la RCU a ainsi lancé trois études : 1) une analyse de l'expérience et des enseignements acquis au cours de la préparation et rédaction des plans de gestion des sites, la Management Plan Peer Review - un séminaire regional a été organisé en juin 2005 à Rabat et un rapport final sera présenté fin septembre 2005, 2) un rapport socio-économique pour transcrire les études de cas et exemples en matière d'approche socio-économique telle qu'elle a été comprise et appliquée par le projet MWC, et 3) une évaluation des activités de formation. Les composantes nationales accordent aussi aujourd'hui une attention plus importante aux activités de suivi, tout en poursuivant la mise en œuvre des mesures de gestion des sites. On note un nombre de témoignages et d'exemples qui confirment que les écosystèmes et les sites se portent mieux : régénération des habitats, nombre réduit de violations, et … des espèces qui se rejouissent ! comme le montrent le signalement d'une outre à Ammiq ou l'annonce de la ponte d'une tortue verte sur la plage de Tyr au Liban.
Bonne lecture, Sylvie

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Friday 29 July 2005
Green Turtle
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 Forthcoming Regional Events 

26-28 September 2005 
MedWetCoast 5th Regional Advisory Committee meeting, Cairo, Egypt

20-22 novembre 2005 
2ème séminaire sur les zones humides algériennes, Université de Béjaïa

25-29 October 2005 
MEDCOAST 05 International Conference, Kusadasi, Turkey (www.medcoast.org.tr)

8-15 November 2005 
9th meeting of the Ramsar Contracting Parties, Kampala, Uganda (www.ramsar.org/index_cop9_e.htm)

Management Planning

Wednesday 10 August 2005
Management Plan Peer Review
The MedWetCoast project has devoted substantial energy, time and resources to protection and management of the 15 pilot sites in the countries of the project. A major component of this effort has been the preparation, development and, subsequently, initial implementation of the site management plans. Good experience has thus been gained in each of the countries, examples and case studies could be document and useful lessons reported on the process of management planning. Contributing to (...)

Site Management Actions

MWC Egypt: Bedouin Women's Handicrafts
For the purpose of creating alternative livelihoods to replace environmentally hazardous ones such as hunting and timbering, MedWetCoast-Egypt has begun an ambitious program to develop Bedouin women's traditional handicrafts in Omayed and Zaranik.
The purpose behind this initiative is not only the environmental outcome but also the economic one, as well as the social outcome of empowering women. As for sustainability and the participatory approach aspects that the project endorses, they (...)

MWC Egypt: Environment and Community Development Go Hand in Hand: Rehabilitating Roman Cisterns in Omayed
Within its efforts to integrate local communities' needs into sustainable development plans, MedWetCoast has rehabilitated 12 ancient Roman cisterns and built a thousand-cubic-feet reservoir in Omayed, for water collection in the rainy season.
The initiative came upon locals' requests, who were financially burdened by water purchase from the nearby city of Hammam. This initiative is part of the project's continuous efforts at raising local communities' standards economically, socially (...)

MWC Egypt: Reed Cropping
After the success of the first phase of the reed cropping project in Lake Burullus which resulted in cropping around 860 feddans, causing an improvement of the ecological balance, an increase of areas available for fishing, and the creation of job opportunities, MedWetCoast- Egypt is currently preparing to embark upon the second phase of the reed-cropping project, which is expected to crop around 5000 feddans in accordance with the management plan.
The decision to embark on the second (...)

MWC Egypt: Inter-Sectorial Corporation in Zaranik
In the process of dredging and rehabilitating Lake Zaranik, MedWetCoast-Egypt has agreed with both the Institute for Fish Resources and El-Nasr Salt Company, to share in dredging the Zaranik inlet and linking it with the Abu-Salah inlet through an underwater channel that would extend 5 km in length and 64 m in breadth. The decision came after the Zaranik bughaz ,which links Lake Zaranik with the Mediterranean, had been blocked with debris. This had caused many problems amongst which was (...)

MWC Egypt: Pasture-Land: A Treasure of Biological Diversity and A Source of Livelihood
The degradation of pastureland in Omayed and Zaranik protectorates was an urgent problem threatening biological diversity in both protectorates, and baring negative impact on locals for whom grazing and herding is their primary and often sole source of livelihood. Thus, MedWetCoast - Egypt decided to resolve this problem through a four-axis plan.
The first axis was surveying all the degraded areas and rehabilitating them through re-introduction of threatened species. This process starts (...)

TUESDAY 12th JULY 2005
MWC Albania: Forest management practices and recovery measures in fireplaces identified at Pish-Poro area
During 1995, 1996, 1997 in the nature managed reserve of Pishe-Poro was noticed many fires and considerable damages to habitats and wild-life: almost 600 ha forest was burned, and other 500 ha were accessed by fires, destroying many habitats vital for the biodiversity of this area; the biodiversity was that area was seriously threatened, the landscape also. Representative species of fauna- birds and mammals, reptiles and invertebrates were seriously affected. Their breeding and nesting sites (...)

Capacity building

TUESDAY 12th JULY 2005
MWC Albania: Beginners Seminar in Wetland Inventory using Information Systems, Tirana, Albania, June 1, 2005
The Beginners training seminar in "Wetland Inventory using Information Systems" was organised by the Greek Biotope-Wetland Centre (EKBY) in cooperation with Environmental Centre for Administration and Technology (ECAT) in the frame of the Life Third-Countries ALWET Project and also with the MedWetCoast project.
It took place in premises of the Institute of Applied Mathematics (INIMA), in Tirana, Albania lasting for one week (1-7 June 2005).
MWC, based on the (...)

Training on Wetland Monitoring organized in the Park of Kune-Vain Lezhe 13-15 May 2005
MWC project, in view of synergies with all other actors and interested donors in the biodiversity conservation issues, particularly in wetland ecosystems management has been lastly established very good links to the other GEF/WB project on integrated water management which focuses on Kune-Vaini wetland site management.
MWC project, in view of synergies with all other actors and interested donors in the biodiversity conservation issues, particularly in wetland ecosystems management has been (...)

Des élus méditerranéens se rencontrent…
27 avril 2005
Durant 3 jours, une délégation de 14 élus marocains et tunisiens a rencontré sur le terrain, des élus français impliqués dans la protection et la gestion de sites du littoral méditerranéen. (Voir PDF)
L'objectif était de faire se rencontrer des élus locaux confrontés à des problématiques similaires pour renforcer la dynamique initiée par les gestionnaires du projet MWC. (Voir PDF). Les discussions ont permis d'aborder les différents systèmes (...)


MWC Morocco: Morocco adds 20 varied new Ramsar sites
June 26, 2005
The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention is delighted to be able to report that that Government of Morocco has designated 20 new Ramsar sites, in all parts of the country from the Atlas mountains to the seacoasts on both the Atlantic and Mediterranean. As *Ramsar's Lucia Scodanibbio *demonstrates in the accompanying story, there is a great variety among the new sites, not only in their wetland types -- from mountain lakes to estuaries, from oases to gorges to dammed (...)

Public Awareness

TUESDAY 28th JUNE 2005
Campagne d'été à la Moulouya
Reprendre conscience de la nature comme source de la vie et préserver nos richesses naturelles pour les générations futures
L'été est là, avec son flux d'estivants venus chercher la fraîcheur du littoral marocain. L'embouchure de la Moulouya, récemment déclarée site RAMSAR, n'échappe pas à la vague estivale. Les touristes sont nombreux sur la plage limitrophe de Saïdia, et sur les rivages du site lui-même.
Pour la première fois cette saison, ils trouveront un parking aménagé pour (...)

SUNDAY 5th JUNE 2005
MWC Maroc: Journée Mondiale Environnement 2005
Embouchure de la Moulouya déclarée site Ramsar
120 enfants se mobilisent pour protéger les oiseaux
A l'occasion de la journée mondiale de l'environnement, Enda Maghreb dans le cadre du projet MedWetCoast « Conservation des Zones humides et des Ecosystèmes côtiers de la Région Méditerranéenne », a organisé le Dimanche 5 Juin une journée de sensibilisation sur le SIBE de l'embouchure de la Moulouya en partenariat avec :
-  l'Inspection Régionale de l'Aménagement du Territoire de (...)


Monday 8 August 2005
New TdV/MWC Publication: Integrated Management of Mediterranean Wetlands
logo ARTICLE 456The new MedWet Series publication (Number 13) on ‘Conservation of Mediterranean Wetlands’ has recently been released ‘Integrated Management of Mediterranean Wetlands’ both in French and in English. Drafted and published in collaboration between the Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat, the Institut de Recherches et d’Applications des Methodes de Developpement (IRAM) and the UNDP-GEF MedWetCoast project, the manual describes concepts, lessons and approaches for integrating conservation of (...)  

Sunday 10 July
"Zones Humides Infos" is a quarterly newsletter produced since 1993 by a wetland specialists’ expert group set up by the French Ministry of Environment in order to provide advice on the implementation and further development of France’s National Wetland Action Plan and national policies having an impact on wetlands. The newsletter grew from a small leaflet to a substantial forum providing information and in-depth debates on specific wetland related issues, spanning from legal aspects, to (...)

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Sylvie Goyet
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