Conservación y gestión de humedales frente al cambio climático

14 al 16 de Febrero de 2024

Valencia (España) - Complejo “La Petxina”

Session 5: Governance and the social dimension

Thursday, February 15, 2024 | 12:35 p.m – 14:00 p.m. | Auditorium. La Petxina

Moderator: Maria José Viñals, Professor, Polytechnical University of Valencia.

Challenges in governance for wetland management and conservation (online). Flore Lafaye de Michaux, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention.

The social dimension of conservation. Ramsar Wetland City. Gert Michael Steiner, University of Vienna.

The case of Venice and its lagoon. Matteo Lizier, Veneto Region.

Coordination problems in the governance of coastal wetlands: Doñana and the dredging of the Guadalquivir estuary. Pablo F. Méndez. Grupo Ingenio UPV.

Governance in socio-ecosystems, the challenge of conservation in the 21st century. Aida Vizcaíno, Consultant.

Social perspectives and innovative governance models for coastal protection. Irene Luján, Researcher, BlueGreen Governance Project – HORIZON EU, University of Valencia (*).

Management and public use in the Tancat de la Pipa. Aránzazu Fidalgo Pelarda, Head of the Hydrological Planning Office, Hydrographic Confederation of Júcar (*).




The United Nations has defined good governance as governance that promotes equity, participation, pluralism, transparency, accountability, and the rule of law, so that it is effective, efficient, and enduring (UN, 2017).


Wetlands are particularly vulnerable ecosystems which are threatened by various processes and impacts that take on a new dimension and scope with climate change; even more so in circum-Mediterranean environments. Their protection and conservation, especially in the case of peri-urban wetlands, requires the proactivity of all social and economic sectors in their area of influence. This implies that all agents have at their disposal both accurate information based on scientific knowledge and adequate mechanisms for participation and governance.


Environmental governance is a key aspect in the sustainable management of wetlands to ensure their long-term conservation. The way societies choose to govern their natural resources has important implications for the quality of life of their people, the sustainability of their economies and the conservation of their natural and cultural heritage. This makes the management of wetlands extraordinarily complex, both technically and socially.


The aim of this session will be to share and discuss best practices and innovative tools for wetland governance. Participants will include institutions with responsibilities for wetland management at international, national, and local levels, as well as representatives of civil society. Case studies will also be presented to address the short-, medium- and long-term challenges facing wetland governance in the Mediterranean.



14 de febrero de 2024

9.00 – 10:15

Sesión de apertura

10:15 – 11:00



Sesión 1: La Albufera, evolución de su estado de conservación basado en indicadores



12:35 – 14:00

Sesión 2:  Gestión y restauración de humedales mediterráneos para la mitigación del cambio climático. LIFE Wetlands4Climate

14:00 – 15:30


15:30 – 17.00

Sesión de presentación de comunicaciones: “Humedales y Cambio climático”


Pausa café y visita a pósters científicos

17:45 – 19:15

Sesión de presentación de comunicaciones: “Humedales y Biodiversidad”

15 de febrero de 2024


Sesión 3: Restauración de humedales en la práctica: implementación, barreras, problemas y solucioness

10:30 – 11:00

Pausa café


Sesión 4: Amenazas y presiones sobre los humedales

12:25 – 12:35


12:35 – 14:00

Sesión 5: Gobernanza y dimensión social



15:30 – 17:00

Sesión 6: Humedales, Empleo Verde y Ecoemprendimiento

17:00 – 18:30


16 de febrero de 2024

9:00 – 17:00

Visita al Parque Natural de l’Albufera