Danilo: the Fisherman of Cabras

In the old times fishing began in September, now we start in March. Everything has been intensively exploited for decades, and we are now paying the consequences. The rain is irregular, the reeds die and some species become extinct because of the exceeding salinity of the water”, explains Danilo, a fisherman in Oristano.
We do our best. We respect the fish while it grows, we take care of the lagoon, it’s our home, but it is a bigger problem than us, and despite the subsidies we barely survive.

As climate change lessens rainfall, fresh water supplies collected in watersheds and fed into Coastal Wetlands are dropping. Which in turn affects salinity of brackish ecosystems. Increased salt levels in the lagoon of Oristano on the Sardinian coast have not only already led to the disappearance of some species of fish, it is also leading to a proliferation of the invasive Australian tubeworm with dramatic consequences.

Life begins in wetlands.

Coastal wetlands have provided humanity with a wide range of benefits and life-enhancing qualities since the dawn of time. But now they’re disappearing at an alarming rate.

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Why you should care about wetlands

Why you should care about wetlands

Mediterranean Wetlands are vanishing, and we need them in order to survive. Help us #RestoreNature and wetlands today! Read More

2021: ahora o nunca para los humedales mediterráneos

2021: ahora o nunca para los humedales mediterráneos

2021: ahora o nunca para los humedales mediterráneos *Por las organizaciones miembros del proyecto "Mejorade la conservación de los humedales costeros en la cuenca mediterránea" El 2 de febrero se celebra el Día Mundial de losHumedales, y nunca ha habido un momento másimportante para que ... Read More

2021: Ora o mai più per le Zone Umide del Mediterraneo

2021: Ora o mai più per le Zone Umide del Mediterraneo

Quinel Mediterraneo abbiamo convertito e degradato le nostre zone umide per secoli e dal 1970 abbiamo perso la metà di ciò che restava. Read More

2021: it’s now or never for Mediterranean wetlands

2021: it’s now or never for Mediterranean wetlands

In the Mediterranean, we’ve been converting and degrading our wetlands for centuries, and since 1970 we’ve lost half of what remained. Read More

Méditerranée 2021 : protégeons ses zones humides, écosystèmes d’avenir et de vie !

Méditerranée 2021 : protégeons ses zones humides, écosystèmes d’avenir et de vie !

En Méditerranée, nous transformons et dégradons nos zones humides depuis des siècles, et depuis 1970, nous avons perdu la moitié de ce qu’il en restait. Read More

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. Read More

I Bless the Rains Down in Africa

I Bless the Rains Down in Africa

Coastal wetlands are home to a fabulous diversity of species. But between land-grabbing and Climate Change, we’re losing them at an alarming rate. Read More

Earth Day 2020: Wetlands, Earth’s key to Fighting Climate Change

Earth Day 2020: Wetlands, Earth’s key to Fighting Climate Change

Since 1970, Earth Day has created a symbolic opportunity for all of us to remember how important it is to make sure we take care of the planet and its resources. The 2020 edition will focus on climate action. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. Read More

The Ancestral Wetlands of Ghar El Melh: Feeding the Mind, Body and Soul

The Ancestral Wetlands of Ghar El Melh: Feeding the Mind, Body and Soul

The Ancestral Wetlands of Ghar El Melh: Feeding the Mind, Body and Soul Have you ever taken a bite from a fresh tomato grown by a traditional farmer in Tunisia’s Ghar El Melh wetlands? It’s a delight for the palate – but it’s so much more than that. Behind this scarlet fruit lies an ancestral, ... Read More

‘Amicus Certus in re Incerta Cernitur’ – a Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed

‘Amicus Certus in re Incerta Cernitur’ – a Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed

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Wetlands offer holistic contributions to addressing the planetary crises through their various intrinsic functions and attributes – what scientists, and increasingly much of the concerned public, are now calling Nature-based Solutions, or NbS in our acronym-crazed world! Read More

Wetlands & People: A Vital Connection

Wetlands & People: A Vital Connection

Wetlands & People: A Vital Connection is a short animated video, which captures the deep rootedness of wetlands in our lives, our souls and our history – and the way in which we humans increasingly threaten them. Read More

One Flew Over a Flamingo’s Nest

One Flew Over a Flamingo’s Nest

Collared Pratincole - Glareola pratincolaRead the article in FR | AROne flew over a flamingo’s nest As Europe plots the elements of the EU Green Deal, its specifics due out in 100 days, March 2020, and the Climate COP ends in Madrid, Off Your Map reminds our leaders that wetlands play a ... Read More

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

In coming decades the climate crisis will cause a rise in the frequency of catastrophic natural events. For the nearly 180 million people living in the Mediterranean coastal area, from Barcelona to Cairo, this means surviving an increasing number of extreme storms and flooding, and counter-intuitively longer-lasting droughts and less overall rainfall. Read More

Coast Day 2019

Coast Day 2019

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Each year on 25 September, Mediterranean countries celebrate ‘Coast Day’: this celebrates the importance of coastal areas as natural, cultural and socio-economic resources that contribute to sustainable development. Read More

Breaking News: Amazing victory for Montenegro’s bird paradise!

Breaking News: Amazing victory for Montenegro’s bird paradise!

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At long last, the salt pans of Ulcinj Salina have been declared a national protected area! For the past 15 years, the Center for Protection and Research of Birds of Montenegro (CZIP), partner of BirdLife, has fought tirelessly to block a controversial building development poised to destroy one of Europe’s most important migratory bird resting and breeding sites. Read More

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