WetMainAreas’ overall objective is protection, conservation and development of wetlands as a shared asset of the Balkan Mediterranean territory. The project develops a common knowledge basis including mapping and creation of harmonized geospatial datasets and indicators, a database and pilot studies on conservation techniques. It conducts activities to support the uptake of the common knowledge including development of guidance documents, training workshops, continuous interaction with users and stakeholders following the living lab approach for a joint strategy development and publications for translating project findings into policy and priority actions available to everybody.

Four BalkanMed countries with ten partners are involved in the project WetMainAreas. Half of them are Research Institutions: University of Forestry – Faculty of Ecology and Landscape Architecture, Goulandris Natural History Museum/ Greek Biotope – Wetland Centre, Faculty of Economics – South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, National Observatory of Athens, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality, “St. Kliment Ohridski” University, Ohrid. Other three are User Partners: National Environmental Agency of Albania, Thessaly Region and Municipality of Gotse Delchev and two are Observer Partners with representatives of the Greek and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Ministries of environment.

The project WetMainAreas is co-funded by the “INTERREG Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020” Transnational Cooperation Programme. In the 1st Call of the Programme were submitted 384 applications. From them, in March 2017, were selected 37 cooperation projects addressing regional challenges in the fields of competitiveness, innovation, environment and low-carbon economy in which participate 244 partners from the five BalkanMed countries. WetMainAreas is among the 20 Projects, funded in Priority Axis 2 – Environment.