Some examples of projects coordinated by the Tour du Valat

LIFE ‘temporary pools’ project

TdV = project manager for the project and direct implementing agent for 2 of the 10 components

  • Theme : Mediterranean endorheic temporary habitats
  • Objectives / TdV activities in the project : To achieve the integrated management of 7 French Mediterranean sites (Natura 2000 sites) and to develop tools and methods for managing these habitats capable of being applied on a Mediterranean scale.
  • Funding : Total : 1.000.000 €
  • Years : 1999-2003

LIFE-Nature programme for the restoration and management of Great Bittern habitats in France

Project managed by the LPO.
TdV= partner

  • Theme : Mediterranean reedbeds / bittern
  • Objectives / TdV activities in the project : 1) national activities : elaboration of sampling protocols 2) operating/implementing agent on one of the 6 sites, and technical partner on another
  • Funding : Total : 3.700.000 €
  • Years : 2001-2005

Floating reedbeds of the Danube delta (Romania)

Partnership with the Danube Delta Institute and the RIZA (Netherlands Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water Treatment) – EU funding to the Romanian center

  • Theme : Mediterranean reedbeds
  • Objectives / TdV activities in the project : Analysis of the dynamics of floating reedbeds and clarification of causes of deterioration
  • Funding : European program “Centre of excellence”
  • Years : 2001-2002

Poles Relais Lagunes (French National Wetland Action Plan)

  • Theme : Mediterranean lagoons
  • Objectives / TdV activities in the project : Within the framework of the National Action Plan for Wetlands, TdV manages one of hte 6 transfer units (poles relais) : « Mediterranean Lagoons »
  • Funding : Total : 245.000 € (French MoE + others)
  • Years : 2001-2005

MedWet 1 , and MedWet initiative

  • Theme : Wetlands Conservation and wise use
  • Objectives / TdV activities in the project : TdV as active partner in the implementation of the MedWet projects MedWet 1– development of tools and methods in the fields of capacity building and application of the results of research (5 EU countries)
    Giving rise to the institutionalisation of the MedWet initiative, in which TdV is one of the 4 technical centers of the network ( www.medwet.com) and implementation of the Mediterranean Wetlands Strategy adopted at Venice in 1996 and developed under the auspices of the Ramsar Convention
  • Funding : 6,5 MECU (ACNAT 75%)
  • Years : 1992- 1996

MedWet 2

  • Theme : Wetlands Conservation and wise use
  • Objectives / TdV activities in the project : MedWet 2 (EU financing) – reaching out to 5 add. Countries (Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Morocco and Tunisia)
  • Funding : 1.100.000 € (Life 1/3 countries)
  • Years : 1996-1998

MedWetCoast

TdV = one of the two (with the Conservatoire du Littoral) developpers of the project ; co-manager ; host of the regional coordination unit; and technical partner in the implementation.

  • Theme : Conservation of wetlands and coastal sites
  • Objectives / TdV activities in the project : www.medwetcoast.com
    6 national components (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Albania) and one regional coordination unit based at TdV
    Conservation and sustainable use of 15 wetlands and costal sites in the Mediterranean (management planning). Capacity building.
  • Funding : total budget (GEF/FFEM financing) of some $15millions
  • Years : 1999-2006

Monitoring programme for Ichkeul (Tunisia)

Tunisian project (Agence Nationale pour l’Environnement) with support from the UNESCO / World Heritage Convention and IUCN

  • Theme : Wetland monitoring
  • Objectives / TdV activities in the project : TdV carries out a monitoring programme of the Parc National de l’Ichkeul, Tunisie
  • Funding : 13.000 € / year
  • Years : 2002-2005 ?

Project : Monitoring programme for Ichkeul (Tunisia)

Tunisian project (Agence Nationale pour l’Environnement) with support from the UNESCO / World Heritage Convention and IUCN

  • Theme : Wetland conservation
  • Objectives / TdV activities in the project : TdV carries out a monitoring programme of the Parc National de l’Ichkeul, Tunisie
  • Funding : Total : 2.300.000 €
  • Years : 2003-2004

Integrated management of the upper Soca river - Slovenia(in development)

  • Theme : Catchment basin management
  • Objectives / TdV activities in the project : In partnerships with local and national stakeholders, the TdV has been supporting preparatory activities towards the integrated management of the Soca River. A larger PHARE project is under preparation.

Provision of capacity building and training activities

  • Theme : Training and capacity building
  • Objectives / TdV activities in the project : e.g. Training needs assessment and preparation of training plan in Morocco (ATEN funding)Training activities in development of integrated management plans in Slovenia (French Ministry of Environment funding)

Management of the estate Tour du Valat

  • Theme : Direct site management
  • Objectives / TdV activities in the project : Direct management of the TdV estate (2600 ha)
  • Funding : 535.000 € /year

Technical assistance in the management of other wetland sites

Theme : Wetland management
Objectives / TdV activities in the project : e.g. management plan of the ‘Herdade do Pinheiro’ (Portugal) ; management plan of the reserve of Vendicari (Italy), management and follow up of the riverine forest of Tourtoulen (France), biological inventories of the salinas of Hyeres (France), technical assistance to the management of Sollac Fos – private steel company - Mediterranean natural areas (France)

Project : Wetlands International

IUCN Species groups
Natura 2000 technical partner

  • Theme : Partners in technical networks
  • Objectives / TdV activities in the project : Heron Specialist group, Flamingo specialist group, Pelican specialist group Chair of IUCN Flamingo, Pelican species groups.