Projects in the Mediterranean

The members of the "Waterbirds Mediterranean" network are involved in different projects and initiatives to improve waterbird monitoring and wetland conservation in the Mediterranean basin.


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.

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


Since 2018, Tour du Valat is supported by the French Agency of Development (AFD) with the aim of improving the way that wetlands are considered and included in the development and landscape planning decisions in the south and the east of the Mediterranean. This initiative is coordinated by the Research Institute Tour du Valat and the project has been developed around two networks of actors: the “Mediterranean Waterbirds network” (MWN) and the “Mediterranean Wetlands Alliance” (MWA). These two networks unite NGOs and scientific organizations from all sides of the Mediterranean: Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, but also Macedonia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Montenegro, Albania and France. All share the common wish to further develop skills to manage wetlands and to further their influence on actors involved in the protection of wetlands at a Mediterranean level.
To learn more about this project, you can read the minutes of the Kick-off meeting by clicking here
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