Life begins in wetlands.

Off Your Map is a collaboration between 15 partners, with the funding and support of the MAVA Foundation.

It raises awareness for the critical role coastal wetlands play as resilient Nature-Based Solutions in the fight against climate change, and advocates for a more effective conservation of these biodiversity and culture-rich natural habitats.

Some Coastal Wetlands to Put on Your Map

The Gulf of Oristano in Sardinia, Italy

Coastal wetlands provide an important habitat for many birds, and are a breed ground for gulls and colonies of pink flamingos. It’s home to several rare aquatic bird species, such as the red-crested pochard, purple heron, purple swamphen, and birds of prey such as osprey and Eurasian coot, as well as fish including sea bass, eel, mullet and caniottu (a small seabream).

Ghar El Melh Wetlands National Centre in Tunisia

Located in the city of Ghar El Melh, the lagoon is one of Tunisia’s forty one Ramsar Wetlands. There is an Eco-Museum that was built by local workers and features products made by local artisans. It highlights the importance of coastal wetlands for humans and biodiversity, and showcases the history of the region. In this museum you can visit the flying station to find out how to identify water birds. Ghar El Melh has submitted its application to be awarded the Ramsar City Accreditation during the upcoming Ramsar Conference of Parties.

Buna Bojana Delta, Albania and Montenegro

Nestling between the Dinaric Alps and the Adriatic in the southwest section of the Balkan Greek Belt lies the largest remaining wetland on the Adriatic Flyway. Known in Albanian as Buna and in Montenegrin as Bojana, these waters form a unique natural corridor.

They provide a safe haven for cormorants, Pygmy Cormorants, Spoonbills and many varieties of Heron to establish stable colonies. They find ample forage in the lagoons of the Buna-Bojana Delta and in the salt flats of Ulcinj.

All the wetlands in the Buna-Bojana Delta have become important resting places for many other migratory birds flying across the Adriatic and then over Sicily on to North Africa.

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Danilo: the Fisherman of Cabras

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.”

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Learn More About These Sites

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.”

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