network was created at the closing conference of ALAS in December
2002. The participants in the meeting agreed that the effort commenced
through this project should be continued in order to conserve,
promote and where possible restore the values (environmental,
cultural and socio-economic) of Mediterranean salinas, both coastal
The participants who expressed their willingness to participate
in the network proposed its operation under the auspices of MedWet,
a proposal in line with the decisions of the 4th Mediterranean
Wetlands Committee meeting in Sesimbra, Portugal (2001). The Medwet/Salinas
network members further agreed on the Goal and Objectives of the
network presented below. It was finally agreed that the members
will participate and contribute to the operation of the network
to the extent of their resources and capacity, while in the meantime
the network will strive to mobilise new resources for further
projects/activities. A first meeting of the network is planned
to take place in spring 2003, most probably in Guérande,
To promote the collaboration for the appropriate management
of salinas and the salt cycle in the Mediterranean region, for
the long-term benefit of the environment, culture and social and
economic interest of all stakeholders involved in the salt cycle.
- Objective 1
Bring together all stakeholders as equal partners and address
- Objective 2
Develop and promote relevant policies and strategies at all
appropriate levels (regional, national, local).
- Objective 3
Define and implement specific actions and research and documentation
to promote sustainable socio-economic development, nature conservation,
protection and valuation of cultural wealth of salinas and surrounding
- Objective 4
Promote and encourage the restoration of Mediterranean salinas.
- Objective 5
Increase Public awareness and education for Mediterranean salinas
and actively disseminate the results of the networks activities.
- Objective 6
Mobilize financial and human resources for the achievement of
the network’s goal.
If you wish to get more information or to join the MedWet/Salinas
network, please contact:
MetWet coordination unit
Lambraki & Kifissias