WHY & HOW
The newly launched Interreg Mediterranean project, co-funded by European Regional Development Fund and coordinated by Veneto Region, addresses the issue of wetlands in Europe, which 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. 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 these aims, the project will also increase the knowledge on River Contracts effectiveness and strengthen existing transnational networks for sharing and disseminating information and good practices on wetlands’ preservation. The project partnership involves all authorities and typology of stake-holders 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.
WHEN & WHERE
The aim of the proposal is to improve the effectiveness of conservation policies in relation to wetlands protected in the MED area. It will be analyzed, will test and disseminate institutional collaboration and a mechanism for the integration and coordination of the various political plans and initiatives that affect the protected wetlands, while participatory tools will be tested in order to actively involve local stakeholders in the conservation, management and sustainable development of ecosystems and landscapes of the wetlands.
The project starts on 1st of November 2016 and is expected to be completed on 30th April 2019 (30 months).
Project is being implemented in 6 Mediterranean countries (Slovenia, France, Malta, Portugal, Italy and Spain), where project activities will be implemented during 30 month of project duration.
Project pilot implementation activities will take part in 9 Protected areas:
|Province of Vercelli||VERCELLI LOWLANDS||Italy|
|Spanish Ornithological Society||“L’ALBUFERA DE VALENCIA”||Spain|
|Reserarch Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciencies and Arts.||LJUBLJANSKO BARJE NATURE PARK||Slovenia|
|RCDI||LAGOA DE MELIDES / MELIDES LAGOON.||Portugal|
|SARGA||LA LAGUNA DEL CAÑIZAR-THE CAÑIZAR LAGOON||Spain|
|Gozo Development Agency,||ISLAND OF GOZO||Malta|
|Tour du Valat||LES MARAIS DE VERDIER (THE VERDIER MARSHES) , Camargue||France|
|Veneto Region,||THE CAORLE LAGOON SYSTEM||Italy|
|FAMP.||“LAS MARISMAS DE ODIEL”- THE ODIEL MARSH||Spain|
WHO WE ARE
The partners who are participating in the Wetnet Project are:
|PP1||Province of Vercelli||Piemonte||ITALY|
|PP2||ZRZ SAZU -Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts||Zahodna Slovenija||SLOVENIA|
|PP3||FAMP-Andalusian Federation of Towns and Provinces||Andalucía||SPAIN|
|PP4||SEO/BirdLife-Spanish Ornithological Society||
|PP5||CIRF-Italian Center for River Restoration||Veneto||ITALY|
|PP8||SARGA – GOVERNMENT OF ARAGON||Aragón||SPAIN|
|PP9||RCDI – Development and Innovation Network||Alentejo||PORTUGAL|
|PP10||Gozo Development Agency – Gozo Regional Committee||Malta||MALTA|
|PP11||Tour du Valat||
-Côt e dÀzur
|PP6||Wetlands International-European Association||Gelderland||NETHERLANDS|
|PP7||The Ljubljana barje Nature Park||
CONTACT PERSON: Claudio Perin
Regione del Veneto
Area Tutela e Sviluppo del Territorio
Direzione Pianificazione Territoriale
U.O. Pianificazione Territoriale Strategica e Cartografia
Palazzo Linetti, Cannaregio 99, 30121 (VE)
Tel: 041.2375.2086 – Fax: 041.279.2096