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Welcome to the "Portal of Island wetlands of Italy"

MedIsWet project

This database is part of the MedIsWet (Mediterranean Islands Wetlands) project's network of Mediterranean island wetland inventories for the implementation of the Resolution for the Conservation of Mediterranean Island Wetlands adopted at the Ramsar Convention in 2015 (Resolution XII.14).

Mediterranean wetlands are seriously threatened by climate change, tourist pressure, pollution, urban development, etc. The MedIsWet project brings together 13 partners from nine Mediterranean countries (Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Malta, France, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Tunisia) to document, disseminate knowledge and advocate for better protection of island wetlands at regional, national and Mediterranean levels. Aiming to spread knowledge and to achieve a country based and a Pan-Mediterranean island wetland protection, a database have been developed for each country. PIM Initiative coordinates these actions for Sardinia and Sicily, in partnership with the Center for the Conservation of Biodiversity (CCB) of the University of Cagliari (Sardinia) and the University of Catania (Sicily). MedIsWet project is funded by MAVA Foundation. 


All nine national Island wetlands databases across the Mediterranean region have the same structure. The "Portal of Italian Island Wetlands" provides access to detailed information on wetlands on the main Sardinian and Sicilian islands and islets, both natural and artificial, that we have compiled throughout this project.
The objective of the wetland databases developed under MedIsWet is to concentrate all available information in a database, in order to raise awareness of the importance of wetlands in Mediterranean islands. The primary objective of the project is to contribute to the effective protection, management and conservation of these fragile and highly threatened ecosystems.

Here you will find:

Please, note

There are 13,800 wetlands on the Italian islands (2,358 in Sardinia and 11,423 in Sicily), most of which are small and spread throughout the territory. We will do our best to make our inventory as exhaustive as possible but, at the moment, only a part of them has been surveyed in the field. Consequently, the information in the database is partial and only relates to those already inventoried. We advise you to view all the information using the filters on the left-hand side of the main page and to download the relevant data in the "exports" section.

Terms of use & Citation

The content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution CC BY-AS License. The re-distribution of the entire Island wetlands of Italy database or large parts of it is not permitted unless by prior written agreement. All wetland data can be free used as long as they are cited. A recommended citation style is provided on each page and on every exported file.