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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MedWetCoast Palestinian Authority

Project Context and Brief Description

This project is designed to complement the UNDP/GEF-funded regional project on the “Conservation of Wetlands and Coastal Ecosystem in the Mediterranean Region”, hereafter referred to as the Wetland Project". Wadi Gaza, the only major watercourse in the Gaza Strip and one of the few wetlands in this area of the Middle East, has been the site selected by the Wetland Project for the conservation of its wetlands and biodiversity. The Wadi contains a large number of endemic plants, reptiles, and mammals, and demonstrates a strategic migration pathway of wetland bird species. Inflow of untreated sewage, pollution from upstream sources, wastes dumping, and construction wastes are major threats to the survival of Wadi Gaza’s biodiversity.

The Wetlands Project also aims at building the capacity of the participating countries to conserve globally threatened and significant biodiversity within the framework of sustainable coastal development. It makes provision for biodiversity surveys, capacity building of the Palestinian Ministry of Environmental Affairs (MENA), the development of intersectoral planning body for the conservation and management of the Wetlands in Wadi Gaza, promoting environmental and public awareness on biodiversity issues and monitoring root causes of loss of biodiversity in the Wadi Gaza area.

Project document of the Palestinian component
Project Context and Description of the Palestinian component
November 2000
Status and description of the MedWetCoast Site in Palestinian Authority
November 2000
The main objectives and outputs of the Palestinian project

Management Planning
Monday 24 February 2003
Palestian Activities in the MedWetCoast Framework

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