Wetlands

Applying an ecosystem-based approach to water and land interfaces

CURRENT STATUS

Wetlands are key providers of water and essential services to life. Hotspots of biodiversity, they are also one of the fastest declining ecosystems worldwide. The threats against them continue to mount. An increase in the conversion of natural areas to urban and agricultural areas, infrastructure development, water diversion and pollution of air and water are some of the main factors causing their degradation and loss.

Classification of wetland habitats, information on their location, their ecological character and the services they give people, such as water sources, sources of food, storage of carbon and buffering or mitigating disaster risks, is often sparse and difficult to find or access. Despite some local restoration efforts in the last decades, tangible improvements in their condition and in the re-establishment of their ecological functions are far from being met.  The result is a limited coverage of wetlands in policies and management practices.

 
 

OUR ACTIONS

We aim to enhance the knowledge on wetlands by highlighting their hydro-ecological features as a complex ecosystem and so ensure the inclusion of transitional habitats in regional management and monitoring practices. Through the promotion of wetlands as wider ecosystems in long-term mechanisms and governance models, our work aims at ensuring effective conservation and adaptive monitoring and restoration programmes that take into account ecosystemic hydro-ecological connections.

Our achievements and targets are

An improved nomenclature of wetland habitats in regional classification systems building on the Ramsar classification of wetlands.

An enhanced delimitation method of wetland ecosystems in Europe and the Mediterranean region through high resolution satellite imagery.

Clear Indicators to better support effective planning and adaptive management for wetland habitats.

A methodology for area-based mapping of wetlands.

Generating scientific evidence to influence policy and legal frameworks towards the full protection and restoration of wetland ecosystems and its components.

Analysis of carbon pools levels and sequestration potential by wetland habitats, how they can be affected by human use, and measures and actions in Europe to restore the capacity of wetlands to sequester carbon.

Related projects

Resources

Get in touch

Dania Abdul Malak

Wetland policy related inquiries

daniaabdulmalak@uma.es

Dania Abdul Malak is a senior environmental researcher and Director of the European Topic Centre at the University of Malaga (ETC-UMA). She has over 15 years’ experience in environmental assessment and management...

Read More

Marco Trombetti

Data related inquiries

marco.trombetti@uma.es

Marco graduated in Forestry and Environmental Science in Bari (ITA), holds a MSc in Geoinformation Science from Wageningen University (NL) and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Basilicata (ITA)...

Read More
MedBioLitter: an open database on marine litter and biodiversity science

MedBioLitter: an open database on marine litter and biodiversity science

An open database and spatial geoportal on current scientific knowledge related to marine litter and biodiversity interactions in the Mediterranean region ...
Read More
A new cooperation project to improve the environmental sustainability of Mediterranean coasts

A new cooperation project to improve the environmental sustainability of Mediterranean coasts

The project ENSERES (ENhancing Socio-Ecological RESilience in Mediterranean coastal areas) funded by the European Union under the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation program ENI CBC Med, has kicked off in Malaga bringing together international organizations engaged in research, environmental protection, and public authorities ...
The role of healthy wetlands in fighting climate change

The role of healthy wetlands in fighting climate change

The new report developed by the ETC-UMA (University of Malaga), as partner of the European Topic Centre on Urban, Land and Soil Systems (ETC/ULS) has shed light on the role of healthy wetland habitats in the carbon cycle and the ...
Happy World Nature Conservation Day!

Happy World Nature Conservation Day!

On World Nature Conservation Day, the ETC-UMA team wants to wish you a happy summer surrounded by nature and friends. Wherever you are, be part of the healthy ecosystem you want around you and have a positive impact. Here are ...
ETC-UMA leads the path towards better governance of the Adriatic- Ionian marine ecosystem

ETC-UMA leads the path towards better governance of the Adriatic- Ionian marine ecosystem

The Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community (MBPC) project co-funded by the Interreg Med programme and led by ETC-UMA has just finalised an online workshop on " Managing Transboundary priority areas: Towards a governance mechanism on the conservation of the South-Adriatic marine ecosystem" in ...
Loading...