How to develop a regional monitoring system to influence conservation and development decision making?

The aim of this event is to share experiences on the relevance and efficiency of regional monitoring systems as a support for the implementation of policies. Based on the experience of the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO), it also aims at exploring the opportunity to develop policy-oriented monitoring systems in other regions of the world. The option to improve the MWO tool and develop new partnerships in the Mediterranean context will also be investigated.
Lessons learned from the concrete example of the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory will be presented trough different stakeholders, by the MWO coordination unit (Tour du Valat), by technical partners (IUCN-Med, IUCN French Committee, University) and by decision makers (Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification - Maroc, and the Ramsar Secretariat).
Participants of the workshop will have the opportunity to compare and discuss this case study with similar experiences elsewhere, and to assess how the MWO building process, monitoring framework and policy targeted communication can be valued elsewhere. Improving and joining the Mediterranean network will be supported.
This Workshop session intends to stimulate collaboration between the current operational monitoring system and the ones under development. The outcome will contribute to strengthen the development of a network of regional monitoring systems. The existence and functioning of such systems is of main importance to assess the progress towards the main conservation objectives stated in the international conventions and to support the currently-building IPBES.

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