Life begins in wetlands.

Life begins in wetlands.

The Mediterranean is getting hotter, and we need its coastal wetlands now more than ever.

+3.8° by 2100

The Mediterranean is warming up faster than the rest of the world.

150
million

Mediterranean people face a rise in the frequency of catastrophic natural events.

36%

of Mediterranean wetland species are threatened with extinction.

While thriving coastal wetlands can offer resilient Nature-Based Solutions to the climate crisis, they are shrinking at an alarming rate. We have lost 48% of our wetlands since 1970. 

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Since 1970, the Mediterranean region has lost 50% of its natural wetlands and we continue to destroy them. These habitats are vital and provide priceless ecosystem services. It is crucial that we urgently work to preserve Mediterranean coastal wetlands.

The project “Enhancing the conservation of coastal wetlands in the Mediterranean Basin” will run until 2022, thanks to the financial support of the MAVA Foundation. It brings together more than 30 partners in 10 countries.

Objectives

  • Restore coastal wetlands and make them work as nature-based solutions to mitigate climate impacts in the region.
  • Encourage sustainable water use and reduce water abstraction.
  • Reduce threats that affect coastal wetlands and related marine habitats.
  • Create new socioeconomic opportunities based on coastal wetlands.
Why is it so important to protect island wetlands?

Why is it so important to protect island wetlands?

Island wetlands provide invaluable services right across the basin. They store and purify the water island communities need to survive, and they produce fish, food, salt, reeds and other economic materials. They cool hot summer air. In terms of biodiversity, island wetlands provide unique habitats for endemic and endangered species, as well as hosting some of the most important sites for birds in the whole of the Mediterranean, both native and migratory.

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Why is it so important to protect island wetlands?

Island wetlands provide invaluable services right across the basin. They store and purify the water island communities need to survive, and they produce fish, food, salt, reeds and other economic materials. They cool hot summer air. In terms of biodiversity, island wetlands provide unique habitats for endemic and endangered species, as well as hosting some of the most important sites for birds in the whole of the Mediterranean, both native and migratory.

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الأراضي الرطبة الساحلية وأزمة المناخ: لماذا يحتاج البحر الأبيض المتوسط إلى حلول قائمة على الطبيعة

الأراضي الرطبة الساحلية وأزمة المناخ: لماذا يحتاج البحر الأبيض المتوسط إلى حلول قائمة على الطبيعة

لا شك في أن درجة حرارة حوض البحر الأبيض المتوسط آخذة في الإرتفاع، ونحن بأمسّ الحاجة إلى أراضيه الرطبة أكثر من أي وقت مضى. لقد أنتج هذا المنشور في إطار حملة إتصالات Off Your Map حول الأراضي الرطبة الساحلية المتوسطية. ويوضح أهمية هذه النظم الإيكولوجية الحيوية، لا سيما فيما يتعلق بتغير المناخ، كما يبرز العمل الرائد الذي يقوم به شركاء مؤسسة مافا (MAVA M3) وحملة Off Your Map التي تنسقها مبادرة MedWet، للمحافظة عليها واستعادتها. read more

Zones humides côtières et crise climatique : Pourquoi la  Méditerranée a besoin des solutions fondées sur la nature

Zones humides côtières et crise climatique : Pourquoi la Méditerranée a besoin des solutions fondées sur la nature

La Méditerranée se réchauffe - et nous avons plus que jamais besoin de ses zones humides côtières. Cette publication explique pourquoi elles sont importantes, notamment en ce qui concerne le changement climatique, et le travail novateur que les partenaires de MAVA M3 et la campagne Off Your Map, menée par MedWet, réalisent pour préserver et restaurer ces écosystèmes vitaux. read more

Coastal wetlands and the climate crisis: Why the Mediterranean needs nature-based solutions

Coastal wetlands and the climate crisis: Why the Mediterranean needs nature-based solutions

The Mediterranean is getting hotter – and we need its coastal wetlands more than ever. This publication explains why they matter, particularly when it comes to climate change, and the groundbreaking work that MAVA M3 partners and the Off Your Map campaign, led by MedWet, are building to preserve and restore these vital ecosystems. read more