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  Newsletter #20 - July 2015  
  The Mediterranean Wetlands Newsletter  
  Thematic Issue: Geomatics at the Tour du Valat    

Geomatics, a tool to protect wetlands

A longlasting involvement at the Tour du Valat


The Tour du Valat started working in the field of geomatics in the early 1990s. At that time, our aim was to inventory wetland habitats based on spatially referenced information that could be used for all countries in the Mediterranean Basin.

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Questions for...
Marc Paganini

Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes at the European Space Agency

Could you please explain rapidly the role of the European Space Agency, its past and present involvement in geomatics, and its interest in these tools?

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Go further

Some links

Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory report "Land cover: spatial dynamics in Mediterranea coastal wetlands from 1975 to 2005"

  News Top  

The Ramsar merit award, a major recognition for the Tour du Valat

On 3 June 2015, the Tour du Valat received the Ramsar Convention Award for Merit for wetlands conservation at the 12th Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention in Punta del Este (Uruguay).

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Ducks and rice farming in Europe: the benefits of flooding fields in winter

The results of a study recently published in the journal Biological Conservation highlights the advantages for ducks of flooding European rice fields in the winter

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The Friends of the Tour du Valat Association celebrates its first anniversary!

On 28 June 2015, 30 members gathered at the Tour du Valat for the annual meeting of the Friends of the Tour du Valat Association, which came into existence at the Tour du Valat's 60th anniversary celebration in 2014.

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Return of the European Otter to the Camargue?

European Otter footprints were observed in early June 2015 in the Camargue (southern France), near the hamlet of Beauduc, less than one kilometre from the Mediterranean Sea.

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Release of the film "Étang de Berre: looking for a hidden lagoon"

"Étang de Berre: looking for a hidden lagoon" is a film you can view or download for free that celebrates the wide range of landscapes around the Étang de Berre

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3rd Young Scientists Conference on conservation sciences in the Mediterranean region

The 3rd Young Scientists Conference  on conservation sciences in the Mediterranean region will take place from 22 to 24 March, 2016 at the Tour du Valat. It is being organised by the Tour du Valat in partnership with the CEFE - CNRS (Montpellier) and the IMBE (Aix-Marseille).

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  Initiatives Top  

Call for projects for the 3rd Mediterranean Lagoons Transfer Unit prize

The 3rd edition of the Mediterranean Lagoons Transfer Unit prize has been officially launched for 2015!

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Publication of the booklet "Where to watch birds in the Camargue Regional Natural Park?"

The Camargue Regional Natural Park has just published a booklet (in French) aiming to give birding enthusiasts all the information they need for watching birds in the Park.

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Wetlands and international solidarity: cooperation between the Narbonnaise Regional Park and communities in Benin

The Narbonnaise Mediterranean Regional Natural Park has engaged since 2007 in an cooperation project with several communities in Benin.

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  Publications Top  

Some of our latest publications includes


Combining vulnerability analysis and perceptions of ecosystem services in sensitive landscapes: A case from western Moroccan temporary wetlands

Authors: Bouahim S., Rhazi L., Ernoul L., Mathevet R., Amami B., Er-Riyahi S., Muller S. D., Grillas, P.


Native European eel as a potential biological control for invasive crayfish

Authors: Musseau C., Boulenger C., Crivelli A., Lebel I., Pascal M.,  Boulêtreau S., Santoul F.


Competition Is a Strong Driving Factor in Wetlands, Peaking during Drying Out Periods

Authors: Merlin A., Bonis A., Damgaard C., Mesléard F.


Find all our recent publications

  Agenda Top  

2 - 6

August 2015

Montpellier (France)


27th International Congress for Conservation Biology and 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology



September 2015

Montpellier (France)


Symposium "Protecting Nature thanks to Penal Law""


7 - 10

October 2015

Dunkerque (France)


Nature Reserves and Nature Conservatories Congress


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Editorial Committee

Coralie Hermeloup, Jean Jalbert and Gwenael Wasse




Have contributed to this issue: N. Barré, C. Beltrame, A. Bergé, N. Chokier, F. Daubigney, C. Deschamps, K. Dusserre, M. Gevrey, A. Guelmami, V. Mauclert, A. Olivier, M. Paganini, C. Pernollet, A. Sandoz, C. Ser, M. Suet. Crédits photos : Association des Amis de la Tour du Valat, J. C. Cicera, C. Girard, Océanides Production, A. Olivier / Tour du Valat,  ONCFS, Parc naturel régional de la Narbonnaise en Méditerranée, M. Renaudin / Medwet. Translation: Adam Clark-Gimmig & Charles La Via - A&C International Linguistic Consultants.