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Our team

The Tour du Valat employs 80 people, who work in different departments and services inside our scientific [1] and support [2] teams.

The scientific team

There are 45 people in our science team, which includes researchers, engineers, and technicians, who carry out the research and management projects at the Tour du Valat on a daily basis. They work within three different departments: Species Conservation [3], Ecosystems Modelling, Management and Restoration [4], and the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory [5].

Species Conservation Department

The overall objective of this department is to contribute to the conservation of animal species in Mediterranean wetlands and to help to manage the conflicts that may arise between these species and human activities.

Its goal is to contribute to:

Its conservation objectives are based above all on scientific knowledge, either through finalised research projects we conduct ourselves, or by transferring and applying knowledge produced by the scientific world at large. This Department focuses on four main areas, which correspond to very significant issues in Mediterranean wetlands today and to our current knowledge and skills:

 

Ecosystems Modelling, Management, and Restoration Department

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The overall objective of this department is to conserve biodiversity, and ecosystem functions and services, in a context marked by global changes, by means of interdisciplinary research based on our four complementary areas of inquiry:

  • Modelling to contribute to ecological management and restoration actions with a better understanding of how ecosystems function and how they are likely to change;
  • Restoring biodiversity and the functions of degraded ecosystems by mobilising scientific expertise to guide restoration actions and management decisions;
  • Implementing and promoting adaptive, inter-sectoral, and sustainable management practices, which are integrated into territorial dynamics through a site-based approach;
  • Transferring the knowledge acquired to our targets (site managers, decision-makers, scientists, and the general public) by creating the appropriate tools and in particular through the actions of the Mediterranean Lagoons Transfer Unit.

Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory Department

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The Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO) is a wetlands management tool developed in the framework of the MedWet initiative and the Ramsar Convention.

The MWO has two main objectives:

  • analyse the status and trends of Mediterranean wetlands and their biodiversity, the goods and services they provide, as well as the anthropogenic environmental factors that explain these trends;
  • promote effective decision making.

Our Support Team

In addition to those on our team of scientists, many other employees participate in the daily management of the Tour du Valat and its estate: