The Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet) is a Ramsar Regional Initiative (RRI), which unites 27 Mediterranean and peri-Mediterranean countries that are Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. In essence, MedWet is a regional intergovernmental network operating within the framework of the said Convention and involving other relevant key players, for the promotion and support of policies and actions related to the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of wetlands in the Mediterranean region. This Initiative was established in 1991 and was formally recognised by the Convention during the Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting held in 1999. The different entities of MedWet, as established in its Terms of Reference, are:
- The Mediterranean Wetlands Committee
- The MedWet Steering Group
- The MedWet Scientific and Technical Network
- The MedWet Secretariat
MedWet encourages and supports governments to adopt relevant policies which will ultimately contribute to the achievement of key targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2016-2030 in the Mediterranean region. This is done through the effective implementation of the four MedWet Operational Goals, in line with the Ramsar Strategic Plan 2016-2024. Core funding for MedWet is provided by its member countries and, at present, by grants from the MAVA Foundation and the French Water Agency Rhône Méditerranée Corse.
The Environment and Resources Authority is Malta’s representative on MedWet.