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The International Organising Committee was proud to welcome over 250 participants to Agadir, Morocco for the International Symposium on Water and Wetlands in the Mediterranean. We would like to express our deepest appreciation to all the contributors and participants in this event.

With gratitude,
The International Organising Committee !


The Ramsar Convention, the MedWet Initiative and the High Commissariat for Water, Forests and Desertification Control of Morocco announce the organisation of the International Symposium on Water and Wetlands in the Mediterranean, placed under the HIGH PATRONAGE of HIS MAJESTY Mohammed VI of Morocco, to be held in the city of Agadir in Morocco from 6-8 February 2012. In addition, BirdLife International, IUCN, the Tour du Valat, Wetlands International and WWF International are key partners in the organisation of the Symposium. Main sponsors of the Symposium are the MAVA Foundation, the Ministry of Environment of Italy and MedWet.

History & Objectives: Twenty years after the Grado Conference, a major Symposium held in 1991 in Italy which gave rise to the MedWet Initiative and renewed the scientific community’s perspectives on Mediterranean wetlands, this new International Symposium aims to review the current situation of water and wetlands in the Mediterranean, identify new challenges and plan for the next 20 years. Important objectives are to highlight the changes occurring in the Mediterranean and their potential impact on wetlands, to identify ways in which wetland resources can be used sustainably, with a strong emphasis on water resources, and to provide ways for closer cooperation between experts and decision-makers in the Mediterranean involved in the water sector, wetlands, biodiversity and other related fields…read more

Structure: The first day of the meeting will include a plenary session, the inauguration of the poster exhibition and a field trip to the Souss-Massa Ramsar site. The second day will involve six thematic sessions that will deal with key issues that affect wetland ecosystems like human pressures and wetland services, adaptation to climate change, values of wetland cultural services, sustainable use of wetland resources and wetland ecosystems biodiversity and its values. The final day will see the conclusions of the thematic meetings, the poster competition awards and will conclude all aspects of the Symposium…read more

Highlights: The Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO) will present, for the first time, the findings of their first report, a three year study to monitor the status and trends of Mediterranean wetlands; this will be the main tool by which the current situation will be reviewed. Additionally the Symposium will see the participation of young people from four Mediterranean countries that will be involved in their own thematic session.

Poster exhibition: In order to showcase innovative projects on a Mediterranean, regional or national basis, posters will be exhibited and the participants will be able to get informed and interact with the project leaders. Ultimately we hope this will create synergies and inspire wider action…read more

Photo competition: To celebrate World Wetlands Day the WWF-Tunis office has launched a photo competition: ‘Views on our wetlands in Tunisia: a Habitat for Man and Nature’. This contest will help to raise awareness to young photographers of the role of Tunisian wetlands…read more


If you would like to know more about this event, bookmark the Mediterranean Wetlands Symposium website and return for further information and regular updates. For all inquiries, please contact the Conference Secretariats.

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