The proposed event aims to showcase and discuss the progress in knowledge and raising awareness about the need for protection, conservation and restoration of wetlands.
It builds on the outcomes of the webinar organized as a side-event to the EU Green Week 2020 on 22 October 2020 organized by Plan Bleu and ETC UMA on the theme of “Healthy wetlands: our best natural answer to the biodiversity, water and climate crises – the Mediterranean case” with the collaboration of the Interreg Mediterranean and the Interreg Balkan programmes.
- environmental protection
- External event
Among the key messages and recommendations of the 2020 webinar, it was agreed that Mediterranean wetlands urgently need agreed an ecologically sound criteria to classify and map wetland ecosystems and habitats, acknowledging the ecological boundaries of wetland ecosystems and building the capacity to map and monitor wetlands to support Green Deal priorities and fill knowledge gaps.
The European Green Deal and the new Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 need therefore to take clear steps to support their “ecosystem-based” monitoring and restoration, with clear objectives and mechanisms set for 2030 and for 2050.
The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change indeed includes as priorities the application of nature-based solutions, crucially important as vital tools in the fight against climate change and for the restoration and protection of freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, including wetlands (e.g. peatland, coastal zones, riparian forest).