The 3rd edition of the Mediterranean Water Forum was held on January 22nd – 24th 2018 in Cairo, Egypt gathering the Mediterranean Water Community to discuss and debate on priority topics linked with the Thematic Framework of the 8th World Water Forum.
On January 23rd, a working group session on “ECOSYSTEMS, managing and restoring for water services and biodiversity” was organised and attended by around 20 participants. SWOS partner SEMIDE coordinated the session with the Hydrological Planning Office of the Segura River Basin Authority presenting three case studies of national wetlands from Egypt, Spain, and Tunisia:
- Lake Manzala Engineered Wetland: a Successful Model for the Mediterranean Sea Protection, Egypt
- Albufera de Valencia: semi-urban wetland under ecological recovering process in Spain
- Characterization of the issue of ecological waters demand: strategic orientations and action plans for pilot sites in Tunisia.
SEMIDE introduced the SWOS project as a monitoring tool for wetlands management during the session and it was also presented to a wider audience at the wrap up session of the forum.
By Maroua Oueslati, SEMIDE