MedWetCoast Project for conservation of Wetlands and Coastal Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Region
Newsletter December 2005
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Edito december 2005
As the project closes a 6 th year of operation, one legitimately wonders whether the project has reached its objectives and made a difference on the ground by changing the situation, i.e. stopping the degradation, safeguarding against future threats, or restoring ecological functioning. Looking at the information that came in over the past few months, I confidently believe that the project has gone a good way towards that aim. If the Korba municipality in Tunisia recently changed its logo to portray the flamingo, it surely represents a change in attitude and one would expect that the municipality will ensure that the flamingo continues to come to Korba for the years to come. If the tourists visiting the Moulouya site this summer 2005 have respected the paths, parking areas and sign boards, it clearly announces a change of behaviour. If coast guards in Zaranik now also become protector of the marine turtles … marine turtles can be happy and hope for better days! These are signs only, but sure evidence that the project is making a difference.

2005 has been busy in terms of consolidating and documenting. I am putting the final touches to three assessment reports: a review of the management planning process at sites, an analysis of the socio-economic approach, and an assessment of the capacity building activities. These documents should provide for a useful lessons learning and also inform the Final Evaluation that would be carried out in mid-2006. The first two are already on line on the MWC website.

Finally, I would like to salute the efforts of our colleagues from Albania, Egypt and Morocco who successfully now input news and contributions directly onto the website. This makes for a real shared project and a true regional visibility of the actions.
Happy reading, Sylvie

Edito Décembre 2005
Alors que le projet s’apprête à clore sa sixième année d’opération, on peut légitimement se demander si le projet a rempli ses objectifs et si l’on observe une différence sur le terrain en terme de changement de la situation, i.e. stopper la dégradation, protéger des menaces futures, ou restaurer le fonctionnement des écosystèmes. En regardant l’information publiée ces derniers mois, je crois avec confiance que le projet a fait un grand pas dans cette direction. Si la municipalité de Korba en Tunisie a récemment introduit le flamant rose dans son logo, c’est un signe de changement d’attitude et l’on peut raisonnablement espérer que la municipalité va faire en sorte que le flamant continue à visiter la lagune dans les années à venir. Si les touristes qui visitent la Moulouya cet été 2005 ont respecté les signalétiques, les chemins d’accès et les zones de parking,  on peut parler d’un changement de pratique. Si les gardes côtiers de Zaranik deviennent aussi les garants de la protection des tortues marines … les tortues peuvent se réjouir et espérer des jours meilleurs ! Ce ne sont que des signes, mais aussi des indications claires que le projet génère un impact.

2005 aura été une année bien occupée, notamment pour ce qui est de consolider et documenter. Je suis en train d’apporter les dernières touches à trois études régionales : une revue du processus de planification des sites, une analyse de l’approche socio-économique, et une évaluation de la composante de renforcement des capacités. Ces documents doivent apporter des éléments intéressants en termes d’enseignements et aussi contribuer à l’Evaluation Finale qui sera mise en œuvre en mi-2006. Les deux premiers documents sont aujourd’hui disponibles sur le site Internet MWC.

Enfin, je voudrais saluer les efforts de nos collègues en Albanie, Egypte et Maroc qui affiche maintenant directement leurs articles et contributions sur le site Internet. Nous avons maintenant un réel partage du travail et une visibilité vraiment régionale des initiatives.
Bonne lecture, Sylvie

Flash news and forthcoming events

Thursday 20 October 2005
The 26th International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation
Island of Crete, Greece, 3-8 April 2006
Following previous announcements, please find below all the new information, which will assist you to make definite travel arrangements for the Symposium and, if you wish, to combine it with some holydays in Greece. I have tried to include alternative options considering your travel, places to eat outside the hotel, as well as trips both on Crete and/or from Athens. My major concern is to have everybody feel comfortable, and be (...)    read more...

Friday 4 November 2005
MedOpen : premier cours virtuel sur la gestion Intégrée des Zones Côtières en Méditerranée
Le centre d’activites regionales/programme d’actions prioritaires (car/pap) du plan d’action pour la mediterranee (pam) invite toutes les personnes interessees a la gestion des zones cotieres, ou impliquees dans ce domaine, a participer a medopen - le premier cours virtuel de formation a la gestion integree des zones cotieres en mediterranee !
Vous etes donc invites a partager vos experiences et a contribuer ainsi a la maturation des reflexions menees aux niveaux regional et international (...)    read more...

Tuesday 8 November 2005
Next MedCoast Institute
Next MedCoast Institute (2-week training on coastal zone management issues) will take place on 29 August -13 September 2006 in Turkey. You are invited to visit their website for further information: UNEP MAP Plan Bleu has just released a most interesting and long awaited report : "Méditerranée : les perspectives du Plan Bleu sur l’environnement et le développement / A sustainable future for the Mediterranean: the Blue Plan’s environment and development (...)   read more...

Wednesday 30 November 2005
Coast Guards to Guard Marine Turtles Too
A public awareness campaign to preserve marine turtles’ nests and eggs from destruction was conducted on beaches in the Zaranik vicinity, in North Sinai, Egypt.
Since face-to-face interaction is the preferred mode of communication in the Middle East, the campaign took the form of one-to-one meetings. It covered an area of more than 30 Km of beaches, addressing coast-guards at every point.
The rangers who carried out the campaign informed the guards of the importance of protecting marine (...)    read more...

Tuesday 20 December
Méditerranée : les perspectives du Plan Bleu sur l’environnement et le développement
Dirigé par Guillaume Benoit et Aline Comeau
Préface de Lucien Chabason
Editions de l’Aube, octobre 2005
432 p. : ill. en coul., cartes, graphiques, annexe statistique
ISBN 2-7526-0157-3
Résultat du travail d’expertise ayant mobilisé de nombreux experts des pays riverains de la Méditerranée, ce nouvel (...) read more...

Management Planning

Friday 28 October 2005
Report on Stakeholder Analyzes & Governance Aspects
The purpose of these analyses is to create a picture of the main stakeholders that interact in the project areas, to recognize their interests and their power to influence the processes. It is a matter of fact that even the current management system involves a considerable amount of collaboration among government structures (central and local), users, and other non government or private stakeholders. Exploring the relationships within the current management system and building upon their (...)   read more...

Friday 28 October 2005
Llogora-Rreza e Kanalit-Dukat -Orikum-Tragjas-Radhime-Karaburun Complex Site
.1 Summary Description
The Management Plan provides a framework to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the site and sets out to secure the varied biodiversity found within its boundaries so that they can be enjoyed by the present and future generations. The plan also seeks to engage the site’s resident population in the management and decision making process in order that local people can benefit in terms of sustainable livelihood development and securing a future for their own (...)    read more...

Friday 28 October 2005
Vjose-Narta Landscape Protected Area
Compared with other parts of the country, Albania’s coast is the most important and valuable in economical terms, both for its environment and development potentialities. Economical and social liberalization of the country has caused a massive and uncontrolled migration of the people towards the coast, and hence an increase of the human pressure and demand on marine and coastal resources. Consequently, threats to marine and coastal biodiversity are evident and becoming more and more (...)   read more...

Thursday 24 November 2005
MedWetCoast Trains its NGO Partners on Project Management
Within its continuous effort to support Non Governmental Organizations NGOs in implementing the management plan projects, MedWetCoast-Egypt conducted a training workshop to train NGOs’ boards of directors on project management.
The workshop was held in the Omayed vicinity on 2 -3 July, 2004. Around 25 board members of three local NGOs attended.
The workshop was designed to acquaint NGOs’ board members with basic skills and knowledge of project management. It addressed the issues of (...)    read more...

Site Management Actions

Wednesday 24 August 2005
Aammiq : mais ou sont les grenouilles ?
Par François Tron, A Rocha France.
Toujours pas de Discolgossus nigriventer. Pourtant les résultats batrachologiques sont très encourageants. En effet, au cours de l’expédition internationale de recherche herpétologique au Sud Liban en Avril 2005, menée par A. Rocha France, en collaboration avec A. Rocha Liban et le projet MedWetCoast, 2 stations de reproduction du Pélobate syriaque (Pelobates syriacus) ont été découvertes, apportant les deux premières mentions formelles de l’espèce au Liban. Plus de 80 sites ont été prospectés en 2004 et 2005, (...)   read more...

Capacity Building

Thursday 13 October 2005
Study Tour / Visit of Albanian local stakeholders to two Croatian Ramsar Sites
Experience relevance and adaptation at Albanian local conditions
The study tour was organised and conducted by MedWetCoast under one of project outcomes: development and conduction of training and capacity building activities with special attention to enhancement of local and traditional knowledge, skills and improvement of people’s attitudes and participation to wetland management and planning actions. The study tour was organised and conducted by MedWetCoast under one of project outcomes: development and conduction of training and capacity building (...)   read more...

MWC Maroc - La Cellule Littoral publie son second bulletin
Le dynamisme de la Cellule Littorale pour la sensibilisation des décideurs
La Cellule Littoral, un des résultats attendus du projet MWC Maroc, a été créée au sein du Département de l’Environnement en 2003. Depuis, elle s’est étoffée et associe à ses travaux la quasi-totalité des autres départements ministériels concernés par la problématique "littoral". On peut citer à son actif l’organisation d’une "journée sur le littoral" en mars 2005 au centre international de Skhirat qui a rassemblé près de 200 personnes et où a été présentée (...)    read more...

Public Awareness

Monday 7 November 2005
Plaidoyer pour les zones humides
Le dossier MWC Maroc
Informer sur le projet MWC Maroc et sensibiliser les décideurs institutionnels et les journalistes sur les valeurs des zones humides et côtières
Le projet MWC Maroc a développé un support de communication à visée institutionnelle et usage de presse. Conçu sous la forme d’une chemise à rabats, le dossier contient 5 fiches synthétiques, une pour chaque site pilote et 2 dépliants, le premier résumant la mission et les objectifs du projet, le second fournissant les arguments écologiques, économiques et sociaux pour la (...)    read more...

Thursday 24 November 2005
Museum of Biodiversity to Open in Burullus
A public museum for biodiversity, constructed by MedWetCoast-Egypt, will soon open its doors in Burullus protected area.
The museum is attached to the Burullus visitor’s center and will include referral collections of insects, plants, mammals and fish. It is expected to exhibit specimens of around 200 plant species, 33 marine species, 100 bird species and 15 mammal species.
The museum’s goal is to educate local youths on local biodiversity. "Seeing is believing," Project Manager Dr. Essam (...)    read more...


Monday 12 December 2005
Peer Review of the MWC site management planning process
5 December 2005
The report was produced through a combined effort of Ms. Sylvie Goyet of the MWC Regional Coordination Unit and of the two consultants recruited for the Management Plan Peer Review initiative, namely Mr. Sami Ben Haj, Tunisia, and Dr Gérard Collin, France. It relies on the information gathered by the consultants, the exchange and the discussions at the regional MPPR workshop in Rabat in June 2005, (...)    read more...

Tuesday 13 December 2005
Socio-Economics and Conservation of Mediterranean Coasts and Weatlands
Lessons from the MedwetCoast Project
This booklet is designed to address primarily the experience and lessons learned from MWC implementation from a social and economic perspective. The aim is to document how the socio-economic considerations have been taken into account in the approach of the MWC project, in the Management Planning process at the site level and in the implementation of concrete/urgent measures..
The full report is available in PDF attached to this article.
Webteam for (...)   

Tuesday 13 December 2005
FINAL Report of the fifth Regional Advisory Committee meeting
FINAL Report of the fifth Regional Advisory Committee meeting
Cairo, Egypt, 26 - 28 September 2005
1. Introduction and address 1.1. Opening addresses
Dr. Fouda, project director, Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), welcomed the participants on behalf of the Egyptian Government. He started by referring to Egyptian wetlands and the efforts of the government to conserve these. In Egypt, some of the wetlands are natural, some are man made (eg. Lake Nasser). He informed that (...)    read more...

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Regional Coordination Unit
Biological Station of the Tour du Valat
le Sambuc
13200 Arles - France
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FAX : +33 4 90 97 29 19
Sylvie Goyet
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