The MedWet Web Information System (MedWet/WIS) is the home of the newly updated MedWet tools for inventory, assessment and monitoring.

The MedWet tools, which were initially developed during the MedWet 1 (ACNAT) project and presented in 1996 at the Conference on
Mediterranean Wetlands in Venice, comprise a standard methodology provided for the countries of the Mediterranean region,
but they have been implemented elsewhere too. Flexibility is one of the basic principles followed, to allow to be applied
at different level of detail according to available resources and capacity.

The MedWet tools comprise of the revised set of the MedWet inventory manuals and a suite of separate but linked tools
such as data collection forms, a software application for assessing water quality, and the MedWet web database application.
They now include data collection standards on socioeconomic and cultural aspects, on water quality assessments in line
with the Water Framework Directive, on inventory based indicators in line with the Ramsar Convention priorities,
and for conducting the Pan Mediterranean Inventory. Also, they address the use of Earth Observation for wetland mapping,
and the basics of the European standards (INSPIRE Directive) for administration of information flow.

The MedWet/WIS has been designed to assist the MedWet policy on the creation of a common knowledge base for the
Mediterranean wetlands, in order to allow different stakeholders (i.e policy makers, wetland managers, researchers etc)
to use information on the location, ecological characteristics and socio-economic importance of wetland ecosystems.

Specific functionality allows the control of the access rights that different user groups may have to different information pieces,
and makes operative the MedWet Data Protocol which aims to regulate data exchange and flow amongst the various wetland data providers.

The effectivity of the MedWet/WIS functions and services in the long term depends on the efforts and resources that will be spent by
the pertinent stakeholders (local, regional and national bodies) for sharing and updating the wetland data and information.
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