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MEDSEA joins the Mediterranean Alliance for Wetland

MEDSEA joins the Tour du ValatMediterranean Alliance for Wetlands” circuit to raise awareness of the Italian wetlands in the Mediterranean Area and promote their restoration and protection.

The Sardinian MEDSEA foundation, engaged since 2017 in the "Maristanis" project, with the aim of finding a governance model among the 6 RAMSAR areas of the Gulf of Oristano and recently engaged in technical support for the RAMSAR enrolment of the Rio Posada River mouth, in the Tepilora Park, Sardinian east coast, appears to be the ideal subject to support and increase awareness and visibility of wetlands in the Mediterranean Region, in particular in national and regional policies. In recent days, the foundation, as the only Italian one, joined the Tour du Valat alliance, reaching a group of 27 other NGOs and research centers from 15 Mediterranean countries.

The Mediterranean Alliance for Wetlands was born in 2017 with the aim of "making the wetlands of the Mediterranean known nationally, regionally and internationally by promoting their sustainable use, based on innovation and nature evidence-based best practices as drivers of change” and it is supported by the French Development Agency (AFD), the French Fund for the Global Environment (FFEM) and the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB).

Among the various activities of study, monitoring, dissemination and communication, the "Red Alert" was launched in 2020, an index that indicates the state of threat of wetlands, especially from the point of view of biodiversity loss. The red alert has recently identified two wetlands at risk in the Erimitis Peninsula, in Greece, and in Daya de dar Bouazza in Morocco. In particular, the Mediterranean Alliance for Wetlands is interacting in Greece with local governments to ask urgent measures against the development of mass tourism that risks compromising wetland habitats and it is supporting organizations in press activities to protect these fundamental basins.

"Wetlands are the first barrier that protects us from rising sea levels and coastal erosion, key areas for dealing with the ongoing climate change - Vania Statzu, vice president of MEDSEA, explains - we are happy to join the Mediterranean Alliance for Wetlands, and to help improve the level of general knowledge of these essential habitats, starting from the experiences gained in Sardinia ".

 

 

Cover pics: Mediterranean Alliance for Wetlands on https://tourduvalat.org/

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