Mars 2003 / March 2003
Project for Conservation of Wetlands and Coastal Ecosystem in the
Mediterranean Basin



MedWetCoast @-news


Activités du projet MedWetCoast / MedWetCoast Project Activities








Brèves / Short News

·     Regional Training in Morocco

Youssef Slaoui, Project Manager of MedWetCoast Morocco announce that he will propose informal translation in Arabic and English if other countries wish to participate with Tunisian and Moroccan to the training session "carrying out ecology management practices and implementation of natural monitoring by the rangers".  

If you wish to participate to those journeys, please confirm by mail as soon as possible!



·     Albania Project

Based on an information from Vlora office, Violeta Zuna (project Manager) have the pleasure to inform MedWetCoast partners that the oil drilling/exploration activity was not successful. The INA company is not drilling any more and maybe they will move the equipment as soon as. The Ministry of Environment will ask to INA to implement properly the area rehabilitation plan.

 After this good news, she  thinks that it is the time to RESUME the project


·     Palestinian  Project

Please note that Juerg Staudenmann, GEF Programme Management Officer, as of today. Abdallah Al-Laham and George Khoury are taking over his work for PAL/97/G33.








·    Synthesis on the progress of the "management plan process" at regional and national levels.
Since the Second Regional Advisory Committee of the MedWetCoast Project (RAC2) , the MedWetCoast project activities were focused on the realization of the management plans. This stage enters within the framework of a total step programmed with a bill book "the management plan process". This process has for finality to produce a management plan for each site concerned by the project. A framing note with a workplan (publication MWC n° 01/2002) was produced by the regional unit and (...) read more ...  

·     Synthèse de l'état d'avancement du processus "Plan de gestion" des composantes régionale et nationales.
Depuis la réunion du Second Comité Consultatif Régional MedWetCoast (RAC2) les activités du projet MedWetCoast se sont focalisées sur la réalisation des plans de gestion. Cette étape entre dans le cadre d'une démarche globale programmée avec échéancier "le processus plan de gestion". Ce processus a pour finalité de produire un plan de gestion pour chacun des sites concernés par le projet. Une note de cadrage avec un plan de travail (publication MWC 01/2002) pour la conduite de ce processus a (...) read more ...  

·     Wadi Gaza Nature Reserve Management Plan.
The maintenance and enhancement strategy will focus on habitats and vegetation communities, and includes the following subjects.
Maintaining habitats, habitat structure and the diversity of habitats and species : Collecting data and information Gather further data on the ecology, numbers and distribution of the wetland habitats, vegetation communities and species in Wadi Gaza. The initiation of the data collection programs will occur during the first year of the management (...)
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·     Egyptian Management plan for Burullus protected area.
Management strategies implementation:
Different methods are required for different measures, and indeed some measures may require different strategies depending on location. The approach to a particular operational objective also depends on the category to which it belongs. For instance, the approach required to practical issues, such as maintenance of facilities, requires different skills and considerations to those of maintaining habitats or biodiversity. The main areas of (...)
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·     Egyptian Management plan for Zaranik Protected area.
Management strategies implementation :  In an almost pristine site as the Zaranik Protected Area, the management strategy should be based on non-intervention in the habitat types and maintenance of species diversity of the site.
- For public use (recreation, visitor facilities, education / demonstration) : the most suitable management strategy seems to be that of partially open (or zoned) access. Areas with endemic, near-endemic and/or globally threatened species will not be open for (.)
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·     Les pratiques de gestion écologique et la mise en place d'un suivi naturaliste
A la suite du succès rencontré par les journées organisées à Nabeul (Tunisie) du 15 au 17 octobre 2002, les participants ont exprimé la volonté de poursuivre ces échanges de pratiques en insistant sur 2 thématiques correspondant à leurs besoins. A savoir, la gestion de la biodiversité forestière en espaces protégés et la mise en place d'un suivi naturaliste dans les zones littorales sensibles.
Ces journées techniques relèvent des actions nationales s'inscrivant dans le plan de formation (.) read more .



Autour de la Méditerranée - Around the Mediterranean Sea






Brèves / Short News


First word environmental education congress, 20-24 May 2003, Espinho (Portugal)
The main objective of FWEEC is to offer for the first time the platform for scientific experts, researchers, scholars, politicians, technicians, activists, the media and teachers to discuss technical and scientific environmental education in an integrated perspective and based on previous works (...)

Mediterranean conference : Towards a Mediterranean Initiative for the Rational Use of Natural Areas
IUCN Event : Murcia, Spain, 26-30 March 2003 . The objectives of this conference will be elaborated through four separate workshops, tackling different streams relevant to protected areas management in the Mediterranean. All of these streams correspond to the workshop streams of the (...)


MedWet/Region : Network and action programme on wetlands in the Mediterranean Region
In some countries the regional authorities have important responsibilities concerning the conservation and management of the natural environment, as well as other related areas (land use planning, tourism, agriculture, hunting, fishing, transportation, education, etc.). Furthermore, they are very (...)


North African Governments commit to new taxonomic capacity building network
The Government of Algeria joined Egypt and Morocco last week in formally endorsing the establishment of NAFRINET, the North Africa Network for Taxonomic Capacity Building - the ninth regional network of BioNET-INTERNATIONAL, the Global Network for Taxonomy - an IUCN member. The network is now (...)





·    How to use the Eurosite Management Planning Toolkit

The management planning toolkit has been designed in a modular way and is housed in an easy to use ring binder so that managers are able to make the easiest and most efficient use of the guidance and keep it up to date. There are six stand-alone sections. If you are new to management planning, read sections 1, 2 and 3. More experienced managers may want to pick and choose and go straight to the format itself (section 3) or learn how their sites can benefit from an external audit (section 4). (...) read more ...  


·    The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre provides information for policy and action to conserve the living world

The Centre's activities include assessment and early warning studies in forest, dryland, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Research on endangered species and biodiversity indicators provide policy-makers with vital knowledge on global trends in conservation and sustainable use of wildlife and their habitats. Extensive use is made of geographic information systems and other analytical technologies that help to visualise trends, patterns and emerging priorities for conservation action. (...) read more ...  


·     Change : Adaptation of Water Resources Managers to Climate Change

Gland, 12 March 2003 (IUCN) - Dealing with climate change can no longer be solely a matter for experts. Wide-spread involvement of society is needed to deal with the growing uncertainty about future impacts, according to a new report by IUCN - The World Conservation Union.
"The uncertainties about the impacts of climate change are great, and will only increase. Science alone cannot deal with this. To adapt to climate change, we need coalitions of politicians, scientists, managers and (...)
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·     White Paper : Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean

This "White Paper" is the product of a thorough screening and analysis of a number of studies, statements, workshop reports and manuals, most of them elaborated in the framework of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP). It is intended to stimulate a lively debate around issues and policy options aiming at the promotion of Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM) in the Mediterranean. The document outlines the need for a "proactive" policy option, a strategic vision for the Mediterranean, and (...) read more ...  


·     The Challenge of Sustainability : An Action Agenda for the Global Environment

With the ink still fresh on the global action plan signed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, an important question for world leaders is how to meet the specific objectives agreed upon in Johannesburg. A timely new book from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), The Challenge of Sustainability, is a treasure-trove of practical strategies and recommendations for action.
The book identifies key strategies for meeting the challenge of global sustainability. Among them are (...)
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·    A site for exchanging information on the coastal management in the Mediterranean is open !

The Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC) is pleased to announce the launching of its Mediterranean Coastal Management Clearing House. In this context, the Clearing House represents a place where information on the coastal management in the Mediterranean is exchanged. PAP/RAC has built this site with the financial support of the European Commission aiming to improve information on the Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM) in the Mediterranean.
What does the (...) read more ...  




·    Hydrology of the Mediterranean and Semi-Arid Regions

The international Conference 'Hydrology of the Mediterranean and Semi-Arid Regions' aims at taking stock of hydrological research conducted in these different fields.
Mediterranean and semi-arid regions are characterised by unevenly distributed water resources, which constitutes sometimes a limitation for development and, in some places, a real political issue. All over the world, the hydrological variability of these regions under mediterranean or semi-arid climates, is due to a (...) read more ...  


·    5th Meeting of SMAP Correspondents

The Short and Medium-term Priority Environmental Action Programme (SMAP) was adopted by the first Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on the Environment (Helsinki, 1997). SMAP is a framework programme of action for the protection of the Mediterranean environment, within the context of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. SMAP is the common basis for environmental purposes (as regards both policy orientation and funding) in the Mediterranean region, at regional and national levels.
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·     Capacity 2015 : a new UNDP capacity development platform to assist countries in meeting the sustainable development challenges of the 21st century.

Capacity 2015 will build on the success of Capacity 21 and other innovative capacity development programmes while aiming to develop the capacities needed by developing countries and countries in transition to meet their sustainable development goals under Agenda 21 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the local level.
The nations of the world met in
Johannesburg in August 2002 for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) and committed themselves to The Plan of (...) read more ...  


·    Programme d'actions prioritaires a court et a moyen termes dans le domaine de l'environnement (SMAP)

Le Programme d'actions prioritaires à court et à moyen termes dans le domaine de l'environnement (SMAP) est un Programme cadre d'action pour la protection de l'environnement méditerranéen, dans le contexte du Partenariat euro-méditerranéen. Il a été adopté à l'unanimité lors de la Conférence Ministérielle euro-méditerranéenne sur l'Environnement, tenue à Helsinki le 28 novembre 1997.
Le SMAP est la base commune pour ce qui est des questions d'environnement dans la région méditerranéenne (...) read more ...


·    Short and medium-term priority environmental action programme (SMAP)

The Short and Medium-term Priority Environmental Action Programme (SMAP) is a framework programme of action for the protection of the Mediterranean environment, within the context of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. SMAP was adopted unanimously by the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on the Environment, held in Helsinki on the 28 November 1997.
The SMAP is the common basis for environmental purposes (as regards both policy orientation and funding) in the Mediterranean region. (...)
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·    Strategic framework for programming the regional envelope of the European Community's MEDA assistance programme

The purpose of this Regional Strategy Paper is to provide a strategic framework for programming the regional envelope of the European Community's MEDA assistance programme.
The Meda Regulation focuses on supporting the participation of Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Gaza/West Bank in the Barcelona Process, which is the cornerstone of the EU' policy in the Mediterranean region- Three of these countries -Cyprus, Malta, and Turkey- (...)
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MedWetCoast Project - Regional Facilitation Unit

Biological Station of the Tour du Valat

le Sambuc

13200 Arles - France

Phone : +33 4 90 97 29 66

FAX : +33 4 90 97 29 66 



Bouameur Mahi

Regional Assistant - Communication Officer


Abdelkrim Si Bachir

Technical Expert