Maria Chiara Tosi, Marta De Marchi, Michela Pace, Iuav University of Venice

Wetlands are vulnerable environments and their protection intertwines environmental and scientific aspects with governance problems.

Wetlands not only provide the resources upon which countless species of plants and animals depend, but they perform important environmental and economic functions. They are the main carbon stockers, they help reduce flood events, improve water quality and represent a precious cultural heritage and an important natural heritage.

Starting from these fragilities, many institutions have taken action by promoting wetland contracts, multilevel governance tools aimed at achieving global effects on coastal wetland ecosystems and related socio-economic aspects, overcoming the fragmentation that often jeopardizes sustainability, development and conservation of these areas.
In many situations the contract has been approved and we are in the implementation phase. Through the presentation of some cases in the Mediterranean basin, the seminar will try to discuss strategies and actions developed by local communities to implement the program of actions foreseen by the contract and aimed at limiting and absorbing the conflicts between the different pressures: conservation and economic activities (agriculture, aquaculture, tourism), enhancement of the natural heritage and protection of environmental values ​​and functions.


Maria Chiara Tosi, Iuav University of Venice

Rhone delta wetland Contract
Lisa Ernoul, Tour du Valat

Albufera wtland Contract
Pablo Vera, Sociedad Española de Ornitología

Ljubljana wetland Contract
KatarinaPolajnar Horvat, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Discussion with
Serena Muccitelli, Roma Tre University, ProjectTune Up “Promoting Multilevel governance for Tuning up biodiversity protection in marine areas”
Giancarlo Gusmaroli, National Observatory on River Contracts
Stefano Mugnoz, University of Camerino, U-Space