Project - Coordinated management and networking of Mediterranean wetlands

Description


Description (EN): Wetlands in Europe are vulnerable interconnected environments, hugely contributing to biodiversity. Their protection intertwines scientific-environmental aspects and governance concerns. WETNET tackles the issue of implementing a multilevel governance for MED wetlands in order to achieve overall and network effects on wetlands ecosystems as well as on connected local systems. The project aims at ensuring higher coordination between different levels of spatial planning and authorities in charge for their management, whilst limiting conflicts between preservation issues and economic activities. By defining common priorities for MED wetlands conservation, WETNET builds a common territorial strategy for their integrated management. Building on previous EU experiences (River Contracts), WETNET seeks to test and transfer ‘Wetlands Contracts’, acting through broad participatory processes where users, private and public entities are committed in mainstreaming wetlands preservation into their ordinary activities. To this aims, the project will also: - Increase the knowledge on River Contracts effectiveness. - Strengthen existing transnational networks for sharing and disseminating information and good practices on wetlands preservation. The project partnership involves all authorities and typology of stakeholders operating in target field. It will allow WETNET to meet the Wetlands needs at a broad scale, ensuring the transferability of its results to other EU countries.
Description: Les zones humides en Europe sont des environnements vulnérables qui contribuent de façon déterminante à la biodiversité. Leur protection enchevêtre des aspects scientifiques et environnementaux ainsi que des problèmes de gouvernance. WETNET vise à assurer une meilleure coordination entre les différents niveaux d'aménagement de ces zones et des autorités en charge de leur gestion, tout en contribuant à limiter les conflits entre les questions de préservation et les activités économiques et à accomplir des effets de réseaux sur les écosystèmes des zones humides et sur les systèmes locaux connectés. En définissant des priorités communes pour la conservation des zones humides méditerranéennes, WETNET construit une stratégie territoriale commune pour leur gestion intégrée. En s'appuyant sur des expériences passées de l'UE (Contrats de Rivières), WETNET essaie de tester et transférer les ‘Contrats de Zones Humides’ en agissant à travers un processus de participation où les secteurs privés et publics s'engagent à préserver les zones humides. Le projet accroitra aussi la connaissance sur l'efficacité des contrats de rivière et renforcera les réseaux transnationaux pour partager et diffuser les bonnes pratiques sur la préservation des zones humides. Le partenariat implique les autorités et groupes d'intervenants qui opèrent dans le secteur, en permettant à WETNET de répondre aux besoins des zones humides à grande échelle en assurant la transférabilité de ses résultats dans l’UE.
Expected Results (EN): 1 Define common priorities for the conservation of MED wetlands : Definition and acknowledgment of three fundamental objectives for MED wetlands conservation, to be achieved by the strategy that will be developed for enhancing the environmental governance of wetlands. This result will be achieved by (i) exploiting the characteristics of the different partners involved in the project's partnership, which are authorities of different level and nature (Regions, government agency, ...) and different interest stakeholder (ONG for nature protection, Research institution with scientific focus, ...); (ii) considering MED wetlands from an international point of view, identifying which requirements of the conservation needs of an international agreement.1 Define common priorities for the conservation of MED wetlands : Definition and acknowledgment of three fundamental objectives for MED wetlands conservation, to be achieved by the strategy that will be developed for enhancing the environmental governance of wetlands. This result will be achieved by (i) exploiting the characteristics of the different partners involved in the project's partnership, which are authorities of different level and nature (Regions, government agency, ...) and different interest stakeholder (ONG for nature protection, Research institution with scientific focus, ...); (ii) considering MED wetlands from an international point of view, identifying which requirements of the conservation needs of an international agreement.2 Improved coordination and effectiveness of strategies and actions for wetlands preservation and sustainable management : Increasing the coordination of existing planning and management instruments and of institutions operating in target areas will lead to: (i) more effective management of wetlands, avoiding conflicts, overlapping or duplication of policies/interventions; (ii) mainstreaming of wetlands conservation into the existing spatial and landscape planning framework; (iii) easier connection with the existing funding opportunities for the implementation of environmental and landscape rehabilitation actions. This will help increase the share of protected areas meeting their conservation goals and objectives.3 Stronger, active involvement of multiple stakeholders engaged in wetlands' conservation, management and sustainable development : In accordance to the nature of the strategy proposed, aiming at defining and signing a voluntary agreements, the project will engage multiple stakeholders (policy makers at local and regional level; development agencies, park authorities, ONG, farmers and their associations), which, by subscribing the contract, will be active actors of the new territorial governance, based on cooperation, integration of sectors and horizontal and vertical subsidiarity. Under the scheme, both public and private sector interests commit themselves to help maintaining and enhancing wetlands' biodiversity and to mainstream the wetlands preservation into their ordinary strategies and activities. This will help spreading eco-friendly behaviors and practices, thus increasing the share of protected areas meeting their conservation goals and objectives.
Expected Outputs (EN): Wetland contracts subscription,Framework of preliminary materials about target areas,Framework of best practices in improved wetland management
Expected Outputs: Souscription des Contract de zone humides,Cadre de matériaux préliminaires sur les zones cibles,Cadre des meilleures pratiques pour une meilleure gestion des zones humides

Thematic Information


Thematics: Regional planning and development  Sustainable management of natural resources  
Specific Objective: To maintain biodiversity and natural ecosystems through strengthening the management and networking of protected areas
Thematic Objective: (6) preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency by:
Investment Priority: (6d) protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure


Project Summary


Project name (EN): Coordinated management and networking of Mediterranean wetlands
Project name: Gestion coordonnée et mise en réseau des zones humides méditerranéennes
Project acronym: WETNET

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-05-23

Web: https://interreg-med.eu/

Project start date: 2016-11-01
Project end date: 2019-10-31
Project status: Closed

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 2.211.955,50
European Union funding: EUR 1.880.162,18

ERDF budget: EUR 1.880.162,18

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Lead Partner (EN): Veneto region - Strategic territorial planning and cartography
Lead Partner: Région du Veneto - Planification territoriale stratégique et cartographie
Address: Palazzo Balbi - Dorsoduro, 3901, Venezia, Italy
Legal status: public

Department: Technical Direction
Address: Viale Garibaldi, 44/A, Mestre, Italy
Legal status: private
Department: Departement Ecosystems
Address: Le Sambuc, Arles, France
Legal status: private
Department: Regional Commitee
Address: Banca Giuratale, Pjazza Indipendenza, Ir-Rabat, Malta
Legal status: public
Address: Centro Empresarial de Grândola, Fracção E - Incubadora de Empresas- Estrada da Aldeia do Futuro, Grândola, Portugal
Legal status: private
Address: Avda. Ranillas, 5 Edificio A-3ª Planta, Zaragoza, Spain
Legal status: public
Department: Projects Department of the Valencian Community
Address: Melquíades Biencinto, 34, Madrid, Spain
Legal status: private
Address: AVD. SAN FRANCISCO JAVIER, 22. EDIFICIO HERMES 3a PLANTA, MóDULO 14, Sevilla, Spain
Legal status: public
Department: Department: Anton Melik Geographical Institute
Address: Novi trg 2, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Legal status: public
Address: Via S. Cristoforo, 7, Vercelli, Italy
Legal status: public

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