About us

About Us

Years of human activity with little regard for wetlands and rivers has led us on the brink of an environmental catastrophe in the Mediterranean region. We are already witnessing these four phenomenon: 

  1. An increase in disasters, such as flooding and droughts.
  2. The water and soil quality is compromised.
  3. Loss of biodiversity; extinction of species, and decreased resilience of natural ecosystems.
  4. A disturbance to local economies as well as a loss of social benefits in wetland and river supported areas.

Our theory of change relies on our voice and collective action. We believe that if we engage the public to raise their awareness on the environmental and economic importance of healthy Mediterranean wetlands and river basins, we will shift their support to conserve, rehabilitate, and protect these ecologically valuable habitats. In turn, this collective voice will pressure politicians to advance in the policy agenda.

Our Alliance will inspire communities to work together and we will support them with the skills they need to protect and advocate for rivers and wetlands. 

Our end game is that our voice is heard, and that Mediterranean wetlands and rivers are restored, protected, and sustainably used.

First meeting of the members of the Alliance, 2017

What's The Alliance?

The Mediterranean Alliance for Wetlands (MAW) is a partnership of environmental NGOs and research organizations that aims to strengthen the role of civil society in the protection of wetlands in the Mediterranean. Collectively, we work on raising the profile of wetlands in society in general and in particular, in national, regional and international policy through supporting policymakers, managers and other civil society members to develop climate-resilient, inclusive solutions.

The MAW has its own governance scheme and retains its autonomy; is an informal mechanism, meant to be as light, flexible and inclusive as possible to remain open to collaborate with other partnerships and consortiums that aims to protect Nature in the Mediterranean and improve the livelihoods of local communities.  The Alliance works in close collaboration with the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory and the MedWet Scientific and Technical Network. We are more than 30 organisations working in the Mediterranean and developing joint actions around three main themes: knowledge and innovation, communication and policy.

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How We Work

We work locally, nationally, and regionally to convene stakeholders, identify shared conservation priorities, and build sustainable strategies. We are the Voice of Wetlands: Every day, we’re mobilising civil society, educating people, and motivating them to get involved with local sustainability projects. And we will not stop until we achieve our vision of healthy Mediterranean Wetlands supporting thriving communities and abundant nature.

Multidirectional exchange and sharing among Alliance members of available knowledge, sources, experiences, best practices, information on model sites, etc.

We raise the profile of the wetlands among the public by communicating its value, benefits and advantages it provides to people.

We connect local, national, regional and international actors or initiatives through joint actions on political and strategic issues

Our Work

Training Modules & Learning Exchange

For the development of strategies to protect Mediterranean wetlands, around topics like restoration of wetlands through water dynamics, advocacy campaigns for wetlands, development of environmental education programs on wetlands, threat management of wetlands, creation of national/local wetlands observatories, etc.

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The Red Alert System

A procedure created by the Alliance to provide international support and expertise to civil society organizations that want to protect a wetland under a threat. Through this action, members of the alliance work together to warn decision makers on the value of the wetland and remind them of their international commitments.

Demonstration Projects

For the management and sustainable development of wetlands, such as the creation of regional observatories, capacity building of local people and local NGOs on wetlands, wetland restoration projects, short films and much more.

Green Light System

We assist local authorities and CBOs in visualizing the restoration of wetlands to get the most carbon sequestration and the greatest collective benefits.

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