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Editorial [Edito en français]
It was after the hot and burning European summer; it was after the large migration of waterbirds from northern Europe to their African wintering grounds, resting in some of the MWC sites; it was three months after the ‘restart’ of the regional coordination unit. The third Regional Advisory Committee meeting of the project met in Tunis on 20-22 October 2003, cordially hosted by the Tunisian Government.
The event was instrumental in reaffirming the need to portray and implement the project as one single effort, albeit with variations at the national level, thereby highlighting the principle of common goal and shared responsibility.
The meeting coincided with the submission of the Mid Term Review report which helped identify areas of focus for the coming years, in so far as: community development and livelihood alternatives, national strategy and policy making, monitoring, and further strengthening local and national capacity to finalize the management plans of the coastal and wetland sites and, most importantly, ensure their implementation by the relevant institutions and organizations.
This newsletter is thus articulated along corresponding thematic issues, thereby further encouraging exchange of experience and learning across the sites and projects and further promoting efforts that focus on those priority issues.
The beautiful picture of Wadi Gaza gives hope that, even in trouble lands and trouble times, areas can be protected, birds can visit the ponds and local herders continue to enjoy traditional uses of the wetland. Retaining the biodiversity value of the site while meeting the needs of the local communities is one of the key goals that the participatory process of site management planning is aiming at. I trust that the examples referred to in this newsletter will interest and inspire you.
Happy reading - Sylvie

•• [Albania] start up of the Management Plan preparation process
On 19th November the MWC office in Tirana organized a round table with the national coordinators of the management plans with the participation of the project experts and GIS expert. The focus of the meeting was the definition of the work plan specifics, the anticipation of the difficulties ahead and the best vision to face the activities involved in the MP process. The tasks assigned to each of the actors in this process were reviewed and the related specific were
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•• [Tunisia] On-line management plan reports
- Etude des plans de gestion du site de Oued Laâbid Dar Chichou download ...
- Etude des plans de gestion du site de Zembra : Phase 1 download...
- Etude des plans de gestion des écosystèmes lagunaires de Maamoura à Kelibia : Phase 1 download ...

Flash MedWetCoast Project

In the memory of Hani Daraghma
A colleague and a friend, for many….. who left us on 29 November 2003
Tunisian training session (8 to 10 Dec 2003 - Nabeul): Rôles des Collectivités locales et de la Société Civile dans la gestion des espaces naturels
Capacity building (16 & 17 Dec 2003 - Paris) : National Training Focal Points Meeting
Mid-February 2004 (Lebanon): Regional Seminar on "national wetland strategy"
Pict of the month : Wadi Gaza

sent by our Palestinian colleagues

C'était juste après le chaud et brûlant été européen, c'était juste après la grande migration des oiseaux d'eaux du nord de l'Europe allant sur leurs terres d'hiver africaine, faisant escale sur quelques sites du projet Medwetcoast, c'était trois mois après le "redémarrage" de l'Unité de Coordination Régionale. La troisième réunion du Comité Consultatif Régionale du Projet a eu lieu, du 20 au 22 octobre à Tunis, sous le haut patronage du Gouvernement tunisien. L'événement a été décisif dans la réaffirmation de la nécessité de redessiner le projet dans sa mise en oeuvre dans un effort singulier, bien que des différences au niveau national soient apparentes, accentuant de ce fait le principe du but commun fixé et de la responsabilité partagée.
Le meeting a coïncidé avec la remise du rapport de la revue à mi-parcours du projet lequel a permis d'identifier les axes à privilégier pour les prochaines années, pour autant que : le développement communautaire et la recherche de ressources alternatives, le politique et les stratégie nationales, le suivi, l'accentuation du renforcement des capacités locales pour mener à son terme les plans de gestion des zones humides et des sites côtiers, de manière générale, soient prises en comptes et que leur mise en oeuvre soit assurée par les institutions et organisations appropriées.
Cette newsletter est de ce fait articulée autour de thématiques correspondant aux attentes, de façon à encourager davantage l'échange d'expériences et les leçons apprises autour des sites et des projets et plus encore en valorisant les efforts qui se sont concentrés sur les axes prioritaires.
La superbe image de Wadi Gaza donne l'espoir que, quels que soient les lieux et les temps difficiles, les sites peuvent être protégés, les oiseaux peuvent visiter les étangs et les communautés locales continuer à apprécier l'utilisation traditionnelle des zones humides. Retenir que la valeur de la biodiversité du site est d'importance tandis que satisfaire les besoins des communautés locales est un des enjeux principaux que le processus participatif de la planification de gestion du site vise à atteindre. J'espère que les exemples proposés dans ce bulletin vous intéresseront et vous inspireront.
Bonne lecture - Sylvie
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MedWetCoast Project Activities


••  Opening of a MWC on-line Forum
A forum is now opened on the project website to share MedWetCoast experiences. Thanks for Charbel Rizk, Lebanon project manager, for his participation and launching the first discussion.
PROTECTED AREAS ON PRIVATE LANDS : I would like to know if any of the MWC countries have experiences in the management of reserves and protected areas on private lands. [If you want to contribute to this forum : just click on the icone]
•• [Egypt] Tortoise Propagation Center
Out of MedWetCoast's efforts towards sustainable development and biodiversity conservation, particularly with regards to endangered species, the idea of a tortoise Propagation Center in Omayed protected area came into being.
An area of 80 m2 was prepared within the open yard of the protectorate's administrative building. The floor was covered with sand from the protectorate, to provide the tortoise with a natural environment for laying eggs and hibernation (...) read more ...
•• [Egypt] From Theory to Practice: From Management Plans to Management Committees
Upon the completion of the Management Plans for Zaranik, Burullus and Omayed protectorates, MedWetCoast-Egypt held three workshops under the auspices of H.E Dr. Mamdouh Riyad State Minister for Environmental Affairs, to present, discuss and validate the management plans with the local stakeholders (...) read more ...
•• [Egypt] Al Nasr Salt Factory: A Partner in Sustainable Development. Al Nasr Salt Factory, in Zaranik protectorate, demonstrated a commendable example of inter-sectorial cooperation and responsibility towards the environment and local inhabitants, when in July 2003, its CEO Essam Ayoub put his hands together with the project and the local fishermen to repair the salt pan filters, for the benefit of local fishermen (...) read more ...
•• [Egypt] Reed Control in Burullus: Inter-Sectoral Cooperation. Excessive reed growth in Lake Burullus due to the freshening of the Lake, is a problem negatively affecting ecological balance and fish resources in the lake. Therefore, as part of the Burullus management plan, the project laid down a plan for reed management and cropping. Since one of the project's goals is grass-root involvement (i.e.: involvement of the locals in managing their environment), the issue was a priority on the Executive Committee for Socio-Economic Development's agenda (...) read more ...
•• [Egypt] Omayed Families Receive Olive Seedlings. In an effort to create alternative livelihoods, MedWetCoast – Egypt supplied Omayed families with olive seedlings at a nominal price, in order to replace overgrazing, hunting and timbering within the protectorate area. (...) read more ...
•• [Lebanon] Fishermen training in Tyre Coastal Nature Reserve. Tyre Coast Nature Reserve is a beach reserve that is a nesting site for sea turtles. Fishing is a major activity in the city of Tyre. There are almost 450 fishermen in the city. These fishermen are sometimes a threat to turtles and dolphins. They have also experienced a major drop in the fish population due to the use of illegal fishing techniques and the use of small net size openings (...) read more ...
•• [Lebanon] Birdwatching hide installed in Tyre Coastal Nature Reserve. Through funding from Wetlands International and through a partnership initiative between SPNL-AMWAJ and BirdLife International a bird watching hide was installed in Tyre Coast Nature Reserve(...) read more ...
•• [Lebanon] In Aamiq hunters go on a birdwatching trip. In collaboration with the Youth Club in Aamiq and A Rocha the MedWetCoast project organized a birdwatching/awareness trip for bird hunters in the Aamiq village. 15 hunters joined the trip and the time was used to sensitize the hunters to the importance of conserving bird species and to initiate a dialog with them (...) read more ...
•• [Lebanon] First produce of the organic plot in Tyre Coast Nature Reserve is on the market
As you were informed previously, the MedWetCoast Lebanon project had initiated a pilot project on organic farming. The purpose of the pilot project was to teach the farmers organic farming techniques. The promotion of organic farming has two objectives:
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•• [Lebanon] The private sector involved in conservation. The MedWetCoast project has been able to secure funds from the Lebanese-Canadian Bank for Tyre Coast Nature Reserve. The amount is approximately 5000 US$.(...) read more ...
•• [Albania] "Strengthening and developing the capacities of Vlora CBOs, NGOs and community groups, in order to avail them with the necessary tools and knowledge to address and develop environmental project and activities in local level"
The Director General of the APAL, Mr. Abdelmalek Assouna, welcomed the participants and invited the representatives of the international organizations to make an official address. Mr. Ariel Français, the UNDP Resident Representative, thanked the host for the opportunity to address the meeting. He presented the project in the context of the necessity to focus on the management of natural resources in the region and recalled that UNDP supports these efforts (...) read more ...
•• [Lebanon] Capacity building tour for the site coordinators in Jordan. In a joint collaboration between RSCN, the Hans Seidel Foundation, and SPNL a large number of people, including the MWC site coordinators, members from different NGOs and reserves and ecotour operators in Lebanon went on a capacity building tour to the protected areas in Jordan from the 28th of October until the 3rd of November (...) read more ...
•• [RCU] Report of the third Regional Advisory Committee (Tunisia - October)
The Director General of the APAL, Mr. Abdelmalek Assouna, welcomed the participants and invited the representatives of the international organizations to make an official address. Mr. Ariel Français, the UNDP Resident Representative, thanked the host for the opportunity to address the meeting. He presented the project in the context of the necessity to focus on the management of natural resources in the region and recalled that UNDP supports these efforts (...) read more ...


Advanced Seminar on Protected Areas Management and local development in the mediterranean context (IUCN) - 1 to 14 Dec 2003
•• Renforcement de capacité des associations de la zone nord du Maroc dans les domaines de la biodiversité et des énergies renouvelables. Ce projet vise le renforcement de capacité des ONGs et des journalistes de la zone Nord en matière de sauvegarde de la biodiversité marine et terrestre et de résolution des problèmes de changements climatiques. Les principales activités qui seront réalisées consisteront en la réalisation de (...) read more ...

•• Renforcement de capacité des associations dans le domaine de la gestion des zones humides au Maroc. L'objectif global de ce projet UNDP (small grant) est d'augmenter le nombre d'actions initiées par les associations locales en matière de conservation et de préservation de la biodiversité dans les zones humides du Maroc (un minimum d'au moins 20 projets seront montés par des associations locales). Il permettra ainsi (...) read more ...


  •• Local communities and protected areas
The relationship between communities and protected areas is a marriage of heaven and hell. The concept of "protected area" is most often associated with the government-established parks that came into being only relatively recently. Seldom does one think of sacred community areas that date back centuries and keep harbouring unique biodiversity resources. Even more rarely does one consider the vast conservation contribution of indigenous productive landscapes or communallymanaged natural (...) read more ...
•• L'avenir de l'environnement mondial 3
Le troisième rapport du Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement sur l'avenir de l'environnement mondial (GEO-3) facilitera opportunément les débats du Sommet mondial pour le développement durable qui se tiendra en 2002 à Johannesburg (Afrique du Sud). C'est le résultat de la collaboration entre le PNUE et environ 1 000 personnes et 40 institutions du monde entier. Il rassemble des éléments épars et renoue les fils du débat sur l'environnement, qui a commencé avec ce qui (...) read more ...
•• Protected Areas: Combining Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development. As part of the preparations for the World Parks Congress to be held in Durban in 2003, and the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wished to hold discussions on sustainable management of protected areas and their living resources and its place in France's international cooperation. For this purpose, it charged France's Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development with (...) read more ...
•• Management of Protected Areas in the Mediterranean. In an effort to reinforce regional initiatives for the conservation and rational use of protected areas in the Mediterranean, the IUCN - Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation organised a Regional Conference in Murcia, Spain (March 26-30, 2003). The Conference revisited regional initiatives and partnerships that are relevant to the management of protected areas in the Mediterranean; it identified synergies and opportunities for integrated action, and discussed a common Mediterranean vision (...) read more ...
MedWetCoast Project
Regional Coordination Unit

Biological Station of the Tour du Valat
le Sambuc
13200 Arles - France
Phone : +33 4 90 97 29 78
FAX : +33 4 90 97 29 19

Sylvie Goyet
Regional Coordinator
Bouameur Mahi
Regional Assistant - Communication Officer

Conception and designed Bouameur Mahi