The MedWet Database (MWD) is one of the tools developed under the MedWet1 action on wetland inventory and monitoring,
which was carried out jointly by ICN and Wetlands International and in collaboration with the Tour de Valat Biological Station (TdV)
and the Greek Biotope Wetland Centre (EKBY). It is a tool for storing, updating, and retrieving standardized inventory data
for the catchment area of a wetland site for the wetland site itself and for its habitats, flora, fauna, human activities
and impacts as well as for a set of other complementary information and data such as references, maps etc.
The development of new inventory datasheets is on progress as regards the issues of water quality, socioeconomics and indicators.

The first version of MWD was developed in 1996, working under DOS system and was developed in FoxPro.
An updating of the program was considered necessary, in order to run it in Windows environment and to become
more user-friendly (MWD2000). Improved versions (MWD 3.0 and MWD 3.0.1) were later being developed to include
a few more facilities especially regarding the mapping procedure and basic GIS tools.

Recently, the need to go for a web based database became apparent. The first steps towards this end has been made
during the MedWet/SUDOE project, which was led by ICN and later during the MedWet Reseau CODDE (INTEREG IIIC),
which was headed by the MedWet Secretariat and was carried out by The Goulandris Natural History Museum Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre
(EKBY), the Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat (TdV), the Instituto da Conservao da Natureza (ICN),
the Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione Ambientale della Toscana (ARPAT) and the Geography Institute of Tartu University in Estonia (IGUT).

This MedWet Web Information system comprises the latest version of the MedWet database and is the combined result
of the above efforts. It offers specific functionality and services for conducting advanced data processing and analysis
such as calculating statistics, data search using multiple criteria, GIS search and view, and reporting on the status and
trends of the Mediterranean wetlands.
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