The South and East Mediterranean region is one of the poorest areas in regards to water where annual consumption exceeds renewable resources. Several major wetlands that contain a significant portion of these resources have been destroyed during the past century, due to lack of recognition of their importance and value. Thus, many communities living around these wetlands have become impoverished and are often not involved from decision-making and planning processes of this resource.
Therefore Wetlands International, funded by CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) has established a project to improve the participation of civil society in dialogue with governments in charge of wetlands and water management. This regional project has just ended and during its closing roundtable meeting in December 2011, the national partners presented the following results that they have achieved.
In Tunisia, the achievements of INAT (National Agronomic Institute of Tunis) were:
In Morocco, the MedPO WWF (WWF Mediterranean Programme, Office of Morocco) and ABHS (Sebou River Basin Agency) have developed:
In Jordan, the project set up by the RSCN (Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature) has:
Finally, the results of these projects were presented at the Mediterranean Water Forum held in Marrakech on 19-20 December 2011, and have been adopted as a practical way to influence the governance of water in the Mediterranean. These results will be presented at the Agadir Symposium organized by Medwet Initiative on 6-8 February 2012 as a practical demonstration and discussion at the thematic session on the importance of wetland ecosystems in water management. In the future; Wetlands International, through its Mediterranean programme looks forward to continue its cooperation with its regional and national partners to help in a better management for water resources in the Mediterranean.
For more information: www.wetlands.org/medwetwat