Saltpans and ponds: socio-ecosystems connecting lives

The East Atlantic flyway stretches from the Arctic, through Europe, and all the way to South Africa. Made up of a network of saltpans and coastal wetlands, it provides crucial refuge, food and resting areas for billions of birds migrating between their breeding and wintering grounds. Coastal wetlands and saltpans have also been managed by people for thousands of years to produce salt, fish, seaweed and molluscs, providing local jobs and income, as well as being a fundamental cultural and ethnographic heritage of many countries. However, many sites were abandoned from the 1970s onwards due to a lack of profit and have since become endangered habitats.

Within the frame of MAVA’s action plan on the conservation of coastal wetlands, Salarte and BirdLife partners have come together in a project aiming to recover and promote wetlands of the East Atlantic Flyway, showing that nature conservation and green economy can go hand in hand, and that protecting wildlife can in fact be a benefit to local income.

Watch their video here.

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