Why & How

The newly launched Interreg Mediterranean project, co-funded by European Regional Development Fund and coordinated by Veneto Region, addresses the issue of wetlands in Europe, which are vulnerable interconnected environments, hugely contributing to biodiversity. Their protection intertwines scientific-environmental aspects and governance concerns.

WETNET tackles the issue of implementing a multilevel governance for MED wetlands in order to achieve overall and network effects on wetlands ecosystems as well as on connected local systems. By defining common priorities for MED wetlands conservation, WETNET builds a common territorial strategy for their integrated management.

Building on previous EU experiences (River Contracts), WETNET seeks to test and transfer ‘Wetlands Contracts’, acting through broad participatory processes where users, private and public entities are committed in mainstreaming wetlands preservation into their ordinary activities.

To these aims, the project will also increase the knowledge on River Contracts effectiveness and strengthen existing transnational networks for sharing and disseminating information and good practices on wetlands' preservation. The project partnership involves all authorities and typology of stake-holders operating in target field. It will allow WETNET to meet the Wetlands needs at a broad scale, ensuring the transferability of its results to other EU countries.



Claudio Perin, Regione del Veneto.

Area Tutela e Sviluppo del Territorio | Direzione Pianificazione Territoriale

U.O. Pianificazione Territoriale Strategica e Cartografia  | Palazzo Linetti, Cannaregio 99, 30121 Venice (VE), Italy

Tel: 041.2375.2086 | Fax: 041.279.2096  | e-mail: claudio.perin@regione.veneto.it


11/2016-04/2019 (30 MONTHS)


2,252 M €



1,914 M €