with the CREW Interreg Italy-Croatia project
The TUNE UP partnership celebrated the World Wetlands Day, on 2nd February 2021, by attending the online webinar hosted by the CREW Interreg Italy-Croatia project!
The meeting was framed by interesting topics around the special focus of the day, our precious wetlands.
During the meeting the TUNE UP partnership among ca 30 participants in total
- was informed about the objectives, target areas, structure and implemented methodology of the CREW project “Coordinated Wetland Management in Italy-Croatia cross-border region”,
- learnt about the creation of the CREW observatory, a transnational hub that is intended to monitor and disseminate best practices and data on coastal wetlands in Italy and Croatia. The CREW observatory is supported by a web portal to ensure wide dissemination of the project results. The CREW observatory is also intended to strengthen cross-border network of protected areas and raise awareness of the value of wetland ecosystems, by defining priorities for wetland contracts, evaluating the effectiveness of implemented wetland contracts and ultimately, providing recommendations to ensure capitalization and replicability of the project results,
- was introduced to the CREW observatory web platform that consists of three components: (a) a homepage presenting the main contents and objectives of the project, (b) an open catalog of good practices (Wiki) and (c) an interactive set of maps and databases related to wetland management and ecosystem services (WebGIS). The Wiki and WebGIS components can be enriched with content from other projects,
- was informed about the implementation of the Ramsar Convention and the status of the wetlands in Croatia, one of the two countries where the CREW project activities take place, and
- was introduced to the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO) that was launched in 2008 in the framework of MedWet and is run by Tour du Valat, learnt about the current status of wetlands in the Mediterranean region and was informed on the future lines of action.
The meeting was concluded with a roundtable during which:
- the arising potential for synergies between the two observatories (MWO, CREW) was discussed,
- the challenges encountered during the participatory process for the formulation of the wetland contracts were highlighted, and
- useful tools, such as the Handbook on governance of Mediterranean coastal wetlands and the Self-Assessment and Planning Tool for governance, were provided to ongoing projects that implement similar methodologies.
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