Partnerships

Boasting more than 50 years of activities in the Mediterranean basin, the Tour du Valat has established working relationships with more than 250 organisations, in accordance with the ethos of partnership and communication, which lies at the heart of its mission. The method of working and functioning of the Tour du Valat is based on key partnerships, which enable it to widen the impact of its activities.

With these various partners (national and supranational organisations – the European Union, United Nations, International Conventions of Barcelona, Berne and Ramsar - governments, NGO’s, research organisations, businesses, private individuals, etc.), the Tour du Valat promotes policies for the sustainable management of wetlands in the Mediterranean basin. It seeks to promote the use of the most appropriate management methods and tools via a series of networks, which it has set up or helps to organise at the national or international level.

The Tour du Valat is also very much involved in the sphere of international scientific relations, where it collaborates with many well-known teams. In addition, researchers, lecturers, and students, both from France and from abroad, are accommodated at the Tour du Valat, where they have access to the library, which is stocked with 7,000 titles.

Since many years, the Tour du Valat has been hosting four partner organisations at its site:


TAKH

The association for the Przewalski horse, TAKH, was founded in 1990. Its aim is to create a breeding centre for free roaming Przewalski's horses, on a chalk plateau in the Lozère department in France, and to reintroduce some of the individuals born there to Mongolia, the historical range of the breed from which it disappeared at the end of the 20th century.

 

 


Fondation Internationale du Banc d'Arguin (FIBA)

The FIBA was created in 1986, on the initiative of Dr Luc Hoffmann and a number of research and conservation organisations, to support the Parc National du Banc d'Arguin (PNBA) in Mauritania. It has expanded its sphere of activity by becoming involved in the Regional Programme for the Conservation of Marine and Coastal Areas in West Africa (PRCM).

 

 

 


Office de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage

The offices of the ONCFS at the Tour du Valat accommodate two units of the Centre National d'Etudes et Recherches Appliquées (CNERA), one of which is devoted to the smaller resident plains fauna and the other to migratory birds.

 

 

 


MedWet Secretariat

The MedWet initiative is composed of 26 partner countries and the Palestinian Authority. Its mission is to ensure and support the effective conservation of wetlands and to promote the implementation of the Ramsar Convention’s objectives and initiatives in the Mediterranean region. In 2014, at the invitation of the French Government, the MedWet secretariat has been relocated at Tour du Valat, and works closely with the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory.