We are The Mediterranean Alliance for Wetlands

The Alliance for Mediterranean Wetlands and Rivers is a powerful voice for wetland and river conservation. Our network consists of 32 of the best conservation organizations and research institutions from across 15 countries. We provide a platform of support to civil society organizations and research institutions working to protect, restore, and sustainably use Mediterranean wetlands and rivers.

We help civil-society organizations protect wetlands and rivers by by facilitating cooperation between them and scientific institutions, supporting communication, offering capacity-building programs and advocating with authorities for implementing and enforcing policies. We are also a knowledge hub where we actively share scientific information, lessons learned and technical approaches amongst our members and community organizations.

Importance of Wetlands

Wetlands are key to maintaining biodiversity and combating climate change. They contain a high concentration of plant and animal species, making them critical for the planet’s ecosystem. The Mediterranean region alone is home to 400 coastal lagoons that provide essential feeding and breeding grounds for many marine species. This helps to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks and other marine life.

Sadly, Mediterranean wetlands are the world’s most threatened ecosystem and they are in danger of collapse without more active local management. Local, community-based organizations often need help organizing and running effective protection campaigns with authorities.

Learn About Mediterranean Wetlands Challenges

Dams & Water Abstraction

Alters ecosystems, blocks species from travelling, and reduces water availability.

Over-Exploitation of Species

Reduces the populations of species that are hunted, fished or harvested for human consumption and prevents their regeneration

Urban & Transport Development

Destroys, fragments or reduces the quality of available habitats for species and increases both air and water pollution.

Intensive Agriculture & Aquaculture

Leads to the direct destruction of habitats for species and generates pollution due to an excess of nutrients and pesticides.

Climate Change

Modifies habitats, forces species to migrate, and makes conditions harsher for the species that cannot adapt or move.

Invasive Species

Species introduced by man, intentionally or accidentally, that negatively impact the native species.

Get Support to Protect a Wetland Under Threat

Are you a civil society organization in the Mediterranean, and do you need help in protecting a river or wetland? We can help you by developing a strategy to help you draw the attention of society, decision-makers, and the international community to stop the destruction of protected areas.

The Red Alert system is a way to identify and stop (or reduce) emerging threats towards important Mediterranean wetlands and rivers. Once a Red Alert is launched, we go into action to help community based organizations protect their important natural resources.

Look at Our Impact

KM's of Rivers Legally Protected
Significant Policies Influenced
Hectares restored

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