The purpose of the new MedWet publication Inventory, assessment and monitoring of Mediterranean wetlands is to assist wetland managers and scientists to inventory their wetland resources, to facilitate the monitoring and assessment of these resources and to promote data harmonization and compatibility among various inventory efforts in the Mediterranean and beyond. It has its roots in the original MedWet wetland inventory work (Costa et al, 1996; Hecker et al, 1996; Farinha et al, 1996; Zalidis et al, 1996) developed during the MedWet 1 (ACNAT) project and presented in 1996 at the Conference on Mediterranean Wetlands in Venice as a standard inventory methodology for the countries of the Mediterranean region. The publication also draws on the outputs of the first upgrading effort done under the SUDOE project (INTERREG IIB).
Inventory, assessment and monitoring of Mediterranean wetlands introduces a Mediterranean-wide system which is based on: a web database, the MedWet Web Information System (MedWet/WIS) which provides the tool for the creation of a Mediterranean wetland databank; a data sharing protocol which supports data exchange and sharing between wetland stakeholders; and the use of Earth Observation techniques (EO) as enhanced means of mapping wetland features. Inventory, assessment and monitoring of Mediterranean wetlands guides the reader through the upgraded MedWet system incorporating the socioeconomic and cultural aspects of wetlands, the Water Framework Directive requirements, inventory based indicators, the Pan-Mediterranean Wetland Inventory and EO techniques. Most importantly, it provides a full description of and guidance through the new online MedWet/WIS - a system which offers an advanced and flexible way to provide or restrict access to data, supported by a relevant protocol.