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

Wetlands are at the heart of life itself. They give us our drinking water, irrigate our crops, support huge biodiversity, underpin cultures, and are increasingly vital in the fight against climate change.

But our wetlands are in trouble.

66%

of the fish we eat depend on coastal wetlands.

1/3

of the world’s tourists visit the Mediterranean coast each year on holiday.

>50%

of the Mediterranean population have made coastal areas their home.

Over 50% of the Mediterranean population live in coastal areas and yet over the last 100 years we’ve lost more than half of our coastal wetlands due to unsustainable development for tourism and climate change. 

During the last 40 years our consumption of natural resources has tripled. Without changing our approach to how we manage development in coastal wetland areas, these natural wonders will be wiped off the map. Unsustainable development is not progress; it is as damaging to human life as it is to nature.

It’s time for each of us to see coastal wetlands for the rich natural resource they are and consciously put them back on our maps of responsibility, before they are lost forever. We must not let them be forgotten; the ecosystems in our wetlands are the pulse of life on earth. 

Over 50% of the Mediterranean population live in coastal areas and yet over the last 100 years we’ve lost more than half of our coastal wetlands due to unsustainable development for tourism and climate change. 

It’s time for each of us to see coastal wetlands for the rich natural resource they are and consciously put them back on our maps of responsibility, before they are lost forever. We must not let them be forgotten; the ecosystems in our wetlands are the pulse of life on earth. 

What are coastal wetlands?

Wetlands include diverse ecosystems like marshes, deltas, lakes, ponds, rivers, as well as lagoons, coral reefs and coasts. Wetlands are land areas that are flooded with water either all the time, or seasonally. Coastal wetlands are wetlands along the coast, which are influenced by fluctuating water levels – such as rocky shores, coastal lagoons – and provide a habitat for a vast array of organisms including many endangered species.

 

Where land meets water

Wetlands are where life flourishes. It’s no surprise that over 50% of the Mediterranean population live in coastal areas, when you consider that wetlands occupy the life giving space where land meets water. 

 

#LifeBeginsInWetlands

Species travel the journey of a lifetime to reproduce in wetlands and millions of people depend on them for their livelihoods. Without wetlands we would have no natural barrier against storms, tsunamis and hurricanes and no natural filtering system for clean water. 

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Barcelona COP 21 Policy Position Paper

Barcelona COP 21 Policy Position Paper

At Barcelona Convention COP 21, MedWet and Off Your map partners called for urgent action to support Mediterranean coastal areas and wetlands. This policy position paper highlights 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.

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Support our Policy Work

Barcelona COP 21 Policy Position Paper

At Barcelona Convention COP 21, MedWet and Off Your map partners called for urgent action to support Mediterranean coastal areas and wetlands. This policy position paper highlights 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.

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