« CSOs and wetlands » project, supported by the AFD🠉

The first phase of the project

In 2018, the Mediterranean Waterbirds Network (MWN), in collaboration with the Mediterranean Alliance for Wetlands (MAW), created a capacity-building project for civil society organisations (CSOs) in seven countries in the Mediterranean basin: Algeria, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. This project was supported by the French Agency of Development (AFD) (2018-2022) and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) (2019-2023). With the support of FFEM, two other countries could be involved: Albania (INCA) and Montenegro (CZIP).
The aim of this project was to ensure that wetlands were better taken into account in development and land-use planning decisions in the southern and eastern Mediterranean, by relying on the partner associations of the two networks. Through this project, the partner CSOs were given the opportunity to carry out micro-projects in their own countries to implement concrete conservation or awareness-raising actions, as well as to receive training on themes chosen by mutual agreement between the partners, all this while improving scientific knowledge on waterbirds and strengthening international collaboration between the partner associations.
The aim of all these activities was to strengthen the capacities of the partner organizations, so that they could gain in prestige, legitimacy and competence, and thus have a greater say in decisions concerning the management and protection of territories and species in their respective countries, working directly with decision-makers.
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Photos: ©Hichem Azafzaf

The second phase of the project

Since 2023, this project has been continuing with a second phase enabling partner associations to receive further training (on 8 themes, in the form of webinars and training courses), to deepen their knowledge of certain rare North African species, and to acquire tangible information on illegal hunting in 8 Mediterranean countries, in order to provide concrete solutions.

Monitoring of illegal hunting activities🠉

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