Mediterranean coastal wetlands are threatened by tourism, urbanisation, industrial development, and unsustainable agriculture. And climate change makes the need for effective wetland conservation even more urgent.

We aim to restore damaged habitats, encourage sustainable water use and reduce the impacts of water abstraction, pollution and coastal development on wetlands and related marine habitats by:

  • building capacity for effective management and planning processes
  • raising awareness of the importance and value of coastal wetlands
  • demonstrating local solutions in different contexts
Velipoje (c) Tomasz Pezold


Our three pilot sites are representative of different and complementary Mediterranean contexts. Various geopolitical and ecological conditions are represented by: an island site in an EU country; a transboundary site between two European countries not part of the EU; and another site located in North Africa.


  • Association Les Amis des Oiseaux
  • BirdLife International
  • Centre for Protection and Research of Birds of Montenegro (CZIP)
  • Conservatoire du Littoral
  • DiversEarth
  • Euronatur
  • GWP Mediterranean
  • IUCN
  • MedINA
  • MedPAN
  • MedWet
  • Plan Bleu
  • Tour du Valat
  • WWF

Focus on one of our partners

At the heart of all our work are passionate people dedicated to delivering effective and lasting conservation. These inspirational partners are our greatest asset.

Jean Jalbert

Jean Jalbert

Tour du Valat
We’re not here just to research but to put our knowledge to good use. Every day is different. It might be something strategic for the Mediterranean region or something local, like dealing local rice farmers whose vast paddies our flamingos love to invade!

Annual Budget

MAVA has allocated €2,140,000 annually, including €240,000 programmatic funding

The Action Plan annual budget is estimated at €3,158,000

Remaining needs are partially covered by existing projects but co-funding is still needed


Luis Costa

Manager, Mediterranean Basin

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