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Newsletter #24 - February 2017   


The Mediterranean Wetlands Newsletter


Antibiotic resistance: what role for wildlife and the environment?

The Tour du Valat conducts research on the development of antibiobiotic resistance in wildlife, a major public health and economic challenge.

Questions for...

François Renaud, Director of Research at the CNRS, Parasitologist and Evolutionary Biologist.


A new look for the Tour du Valat


The Tour du Valat is renewing itself at the beginning of 2017 with its new visual identity.


Another successful Open Doors Day at the Tour du Valat


The usual Open Doors Day on the occasion of the World Wetlands Day attracted many visitors once again, despite unfavourable weather conditions.


Two new doctors at the Tour du Valat


Two doctoral students co-supervised by the Tour du Valat successfully defended their thesis in Montpellier in December 2016, after three years of intense field work, analysis and writing. 


The Tour du Valat actively involved in the European Ecopotential and SWOS projects


A joint meeting for two European projects, SWOS (Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service) and Ecopotential, was held from 16 to 18 January 2017 at the Tour du Valat in the Camargue, with the participation of some forty partners who came for the occasion from all over Europe. 
Join the Friends of the Tour du Valat Association!


One of the dreams of Luc Hoffmann, who left us last July, was to create a community of men and women who share the same values as the Tour du Valat, and who would forge throughout the world the links for reconciling human beings and nature. You can join the Friends of the Tour du Valat Association to help to make his dream come true.  


Five North African countries update and disseminate their entire International Waterbird Census database


In November 2016, after several years of coordinated efforts in the management of databases and with support from the Tour du Valat, the ONCFS, and the French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, five North African countries  decided to share the entire updated and revised versions of their International Waterbird Census databases with the NGO Wetlands International.


International Waterbird Census in Chad in January 2017


A volunteer ornithologist from the Tour du Valat participated in the first International Waterbird Census in the Bahr Aouk and Salamat floodplains in southern Chad, one of the world's largest Ramsar zone.


Publication of the book Health Ecology, for a new reading of our illnesses


The book Health Ecology: for a new reading of our illnesses was released on February 2 by the Cherche Midi publishing house. Marion Vittecoq, researcher in Health Ecology at the Tour du Valat, wrote the chapter on antibiotic resistances.


Axiome Associés becomes a sponsor of the Mediterranean Lagoons Transfer Unit 


On 3 January 2017, Axiome’s endowment fund signed a five-year sponsorship agreement with the Tour du Valat, which will support the Mediterranean Lagoons Transfer Unit in its awareness-raising missions.


Publication of the first Red List of European habitats 


The first European Red List of habitats has just been published, which offers a comprehensive report on the conservation status of 490 natural habitats in terrestrial, aquatic and marine  environments of the 35 European countries from the Arctic to the Mediterranean. The Tour du Valat contributed to it directly.


2016 Marine Protected Areas Forum: a broad mobilisation to conserve the Mediterranean Sea and its coast

From 28 November to 1 December 2016, 300 key stakeholders concerned by marine habitats and the coastal area gathered in Tangier, Morocco, for the 2016 Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas Forum.


The undeniable economic benefits of protecting coastal wetlands 


The protection of wetlands results in very significant direct and indirect economic benefits, which are much greater than the costs that would result from their degradation, according to a study recently conducted for the French Conservatoire du littoral by the VertigoLab think-tank.


Poulin B., Lefebvre G. 2016. Perturbation and delayed recovery of the reed invertebrate assemblage in Camargue marshes sprayed with Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis. Insect Science

Perrot C., Béchet A., Hanzen C., Arnaud A., Pradel R., Cézilly F.. 2016. Sexual display complexity varies non-linearly with age and predicts breeding status in greater flamingos. Nature Scientific Reports 6:36242
Galewski T., Devictor V.. 2016. When Common Birds Became Rare: Historical Records Shed Light on Long-Term Responses of Bird Communities to Global Change in the Largest Wetland of France. Plos One 11: 1-18

10 March 2017 


Centre du Scamandre (France, Gard) 

Presentation by the authors Matthieu Guillemain and Raphaël Mathevet of their book "Que ferons-nous des canards sauvages ? Chasse, nature et mesures adaptatives"


15 to 19 March 2017 


Kerkini (Greece) 

Joint meeting of the Cormorant Research Group and the Pelican Specialist Group


Tour du Valat - Research Institute for the Conservation of Mediterranean Wetlands


Le Sambuc, 13200 Arles, France - Ph. +33 (0)4 90 97 20 13 - 


Comité de rédaction : Coralie Hermeloup, Jean Jalbert and Gwenael Wasse 



Have contributed to thos issue: A. Béchet, N. Chokier, L. Dami, C. Deschamps, I. Geijzendorffer, M. Gevrey, Goliath/Wikipedia (pélicans frisés), A. Guelmami, A.-S. Hervy, V. Mauclert, B. Poulin, F. Renaud, M. Vittecoq. Photos: Association des Amis de la Tour du Valat, Axiome Associés, S. Baudoin, C. Francesiaz, Y. Kayser (bandeau), D. Nicolas/Tour du Valat, ONCFS, RAC/SPA, Tour du Valat, G. Wasse/Tour du Valat. Translation: Adam Clark-Gimmig & Charles La Via - A&C International Linguistic Consultants. 


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