Coordinator, Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet)

Title: Coordinator, Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet)
Organisation: Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet)
Location: Tour du Valat, Camargue, France
Application deadline: 5 January 2014
Website/full details: Coordinator, Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet)

Description: The Mediterranean basin is rich in wetland ecosystems of great ecological, social and economic value. Yet these important natural assets have been considerably degraded or destroyed, mainly during the 20th century. The MedWet Initiative is a concerted long-term collaborative regional initiative under the global Convention on Wetlands, signed in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran. The Initiative is guided by the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee (MedWet/Com) which brings together 26 governments from the region, the Palestinian Authority, the European Commission, the Barcelona and Berne Conventions and international NGOs and Mediterranean wetland centres (www.medwet.org).

Through a series of major international projects, MedWet has developed since 1993 methods and tools for the conservation and sustainable use of wetland ecosystems, and implements them in many countries. In addition, it has established a solid network of collaboration within the Ramsar Convention, bringing together most of the major stakeholders in the region. The programme and activities of the MedWet Initiative are prepared with the support of a MedWet Secretariat. The Secretariat was initially based in Rome (1993-1996), then for many years in Athens (1997-2013), and will relocate in 2014 to the Camargue (France), using office space provided by the Tour du Valat research centre for the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands. 

The MedWet Secretariat operates under the authority and supervision of the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee and its Steering Group. It consists of the MedWet Coordinator and other Secretariat staff, according to the programme needs and available resources. The Coordinator has overall responsibility for the effective functioning of the Secretariat.