Inventory, Assessment and Monitoring of Mediterranean Wetlands.

To explore possibilities of adopting Remote Sensing (RS) prototype products applicable to Mediterranean wetlands and of making the MedWet Web Information System (MW/WIS) a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) which fulfills European and global requirements (i.e. INSPIRE, GEOSS, GSDI).

 - To explore the possibilities of using RS data for inventorying, assessing and monitoring Mediterranean wetlands. In particular: (i) their habitat extent, (ii) land use / cover changes as a measure of threats, (iii) dissolved nitrate concentration, (iv) chlorophyll a, etc;
 - To plan future tests of existing RS prototype products in selected Mediterranean wetland sites;
 - To explore possibilities of involving MedWet in preparatory phase and transposition of the INSPIRE initiative.

 - Establishment of collaborations in order to test and validate existing prototype products in selected Mediterranean wetlands;
 - Establishment of an expert working group to prepare manual guidelines for selected RS prototype products;
 - Planning of the MedWet involvement into existing SDI initiatives.

The workshop was organized by the Greek Biotope-Wetland Centre (EKBY) in collaboration with the MedWet Coordination Unit (MCU) in the frame of the INTERREG IIIC MedWet/CODDE Project (2005-2007).

The workshop was hosted at the premises of the Greek Biotope-Wetland Centre (EKBY) at the city of Thessaloniki in Greece.


The Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet) of the Ramsar Convention, as a permanent network of collaboration and provision of scientific knowledge to all Mediterranean countries has launched
the MedWet/CODDE project under the INTERREG IIIC programme (2005 – 2007), in order to provide regions with a tool that will allow decision making on regional development activities, based on the knowledge of the wetlands distribution in their territory, and which are the benefits they provide to people and the pressures they need to be protected from.

The project is leaded by the MedWet Coordination Unit (MCU) and is executed in collaboration with the Goulandris Natural History Museum - Greek Biotope / Wetlands Center (EKBY), the Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat (TdV), the Instituto da Conservação da Natureza (ICN), the Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione Ambientale della Toscana(ARPAT), and the Geography Institute of Tartu University in Estonia (IGUT).


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