Presentation

Created in 2012, the "Mediterranean Waterbirds" network brings together different partners (local and international NGOs, universities, administrations, etc.) involved in the monitoring and the protection of waterbirds and wetlands in the Mediterranean Region.

OBJECTIVE: Reinforce the monitoring of waterbirds and wetland conservation

Waterbirds are an important component of wetlands. Their diversity, abundance and migratory habits are linked to many of our cultural values and practices. These species have long been a target of monitoring, allowing understanding of the value and health of wetland ecosystems.
The results of the waterbird monitoring are directly used in the implementation of the international initiatives, such as the Ramsar convention and the African-Eurasian waterbird agreement (AEWA).
The “Mediterranean Waterbirds” network was initiated by several countries in North Africa and is supported by the Tour du Valat, the French Wildlife and Hunting Agency (ONCFS) and Wetlands International, with financial support from the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and the MAVA Foundation. It aims to improve the spatial coverage and the overall quality of waterbird monitoring by:
  • Supporting the International Waterbirds Census (IWC)
  • Creating synergies between existing programmes
  • Strengthening national networks of observers
  • Completing the inventory of wetlands of importance

From June 2013 to October 2016, the Tour du Valat coordinated a a capacity building project for waterbird counts and in wetland management, in the Mediterranean Region, in cooperation with the Research Group for Bird Protectoin(GREPOM – Morocco), the "Freinds of Birds" Association (AAO - Tunisia), the Algerian National Association of Ornithology(ANAO - Algeria) and the Libyan Society for Birds (LSB – Libya).
This project was funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). It enabled for transfering knowledge on waterbird and wetland conservation to a wider circle of professionals working in this field and to volunteers on these sites. To read more about this project, click here.

NEW: Watch our latest movie about this awareness-raising project. You will see testimonials of project volunteers for each partener country.


If you would like to help improve waterbird monitoring, in an international dynamic team, why not join the “Mediterranean Waterbirds” network!

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