MedWetCoast Project for conservation of Wetlands and Coastal Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Region MedWetCoast Project for conservation of Wetlands and Coastal Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Region
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Aims of the Project at Local, National and Regional Levels
Principles and objectives of the MedWetCoast project
Sunday 23 October 2005, by Web Team

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The MedWetCoast project, which Tour du Valat and the Conservatoire du Littoral started to prepare in 1994, is funded by the Global Environment Facilities (GEF), the Fond Français pour l’Environnement Mondial (FFEM) and the governments of the six countries involved. Started in September 1999, this programme must be completed in 2004. It revolves around the six national components and a regional section.

Principles and objectives of the project

The MedWetCoast project aims at conserving the biodiversity of global and regional importance in 6 countries/authority in the Mediterranean basin. The project is based around three distinct and complementary actions:

- At local level

  1. Implementing sustainable management in 15 pilot sites (threatened wetlands and coastal areas). Local intersectoral management committee gathering all the stakeholders follows these actions.

- At national level

  1. Developing innovative legal frameworks for removing the causes of biodiversity degradation.
  2. Reinforcing the institutions involved in the management of natural resources and promoting coordinated policies.

- At regional level

  1. Strengthening capacities through training and technical assistance;
  2. Developing and sharing the Mediterranean experience through networking

Methodological support

The Regional Facilitation Unit provided national institutions with various methods and tools that have been developed and validated during MedWet projects. In addition, other specific tools have been developed specially for the project with the support of international experts. According to this method, terms of reference for the site diagnosis studies and a framework for the management plans were developed.

In addition to the methodological guidelines, international experts are supporting the national components in implementing the field activities related to the site diagnosis and to the development of the management plans.

Several regional technical meetings are also organized to continue the capacity efforts needs of the various project actors. These meetings not only contribute at strengthening the technical aspects related to the project but also facilitate a greater exchange of experience among the project partners and with renown technical experts.

Regional meetings are organised to consolidate the working principles at national and regional level. The national group of experts responsible for the work was supported by international experts, in order to identify the tasks required to fulfil the project. Regular monitoring and exchanges of experiences between the different countries will be ensured by the Regional Facilitation Unit.

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