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Newsletter # 34 - July 2020 


The Mediterranean Wetlands Newsletter




Mosquito control: Bti, between science and industry

A miracle solution for controlling mosquitoes in the 1980s, Bti is nevertheless not without indirect effects on the environment. In this thematic issue, researchers from the Tour du Valat present the limits of its use.


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Danièle Dugré is the Coordinator of the Coalition "Biodiversité : Non au Bti". In this interview, she responds to questions from the Tour du Valat concerning Bti and mosquito eradication, with Christiane Bernier, the regional manager of the group in Mauricie


Discover the excellent new wines of the Petit Saint-Jean Estate!


The Tour du Valat is pleased to present its seven new wines from the 2019 harvest at its Petit Saint-Jean estate, in the Camargue Gardoise. Five are already available for sale: two rosé wines, one white wine and two red wines.

Quantities are limited, don't delay in placing your order!


1st TUNE UP newsletter is out!


The Interreg Mediterranean TUNE UP project responds to the need for a strategic and collaborative approach to the management of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean.


44 years of waterfowl aerial census in the Camargue


Tour du Valat researchers have recently created an animation showing the results of waterfowl aerial census carried out by the CNRS since 1976, and then taken over by the Tour du Valat, in partnership with the Office Français de la Biodiversité (OFB) and the Syndicat Mixte de Camargue Gardoise (SMCG).


Mediterranean Alliance helps stop tourism development project in Albania


A large and unsustainable tourism development project in Albania, known as “Divjakë Resort Albania”, was halted in the spring.


Our activity report just came out


The Tour du Valat’s 2019 Activity Report has just been published. 

This document aims at presenting our main achievements of the year, which are the results of numerous fruitful collaborations with our partners, be they institutional, scientific, technical or financial.


Threats to biodiversity and wetlands in times of pandemics


While there are increasing reports of species taking advantage of the confinement of a large part of the world’s population to venture into urban areas, this calm also has adverse effects on biodiversity and wetlands.


“Tribute to biodiversity, birds”- Brigitte Poulin conference in video – 2 February 2020


On this occasion of the WWD, Brigitte Poulin, researcher at the Tour du Valat, presented a conference entitled “Tribute to biodiversity: birds”, which can be viewed in video (in French).


Let’s build a resilient economy that preserves nature and the services it provides!


We can no longer ignore the links between deforestation, wildlife trade, intensive farming, land artificialisation and the negative impacts of infectious diseases on humans. It’s time to build a resilient economy that preserves nature and the services it provides!


Composting for limiting pollution inputs to Ammiq Ramsar Site (Lebanon)


As part of a micro-project funded by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), and coordinated by Tour du Valat, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) organized a training session on “composting for limiting pollution inputs to Ammiq Ramsar Site”.


Defending the last wetland of Rabat in Morocco


Support our Moroccan partners of Grepom/birdlife Morocco to defend the last urban wetland of Rabat in Morocco by signing the petition.


Nature de Provence, a website to discover the biodiversity and environments of the Bouches-du-Rhône region


Convinced of the richness of biodiversity and its necessary protection, the Departmental Council of Bouches-du-Rhône invites you to discover the environments that make up the territory, the typical fauna and flora, but also to meet environmental managers.


“Accro de Nature”, the digital guide to nature encounters !


Discover the digital guide to nature events to immerse yourself in the heart of the wetlands and natural areas of the Pays d’Arles!



Brühl C.A., Després L., Frör O., Patil C.D., Poulin B., Tetreau G., Allgeier S. 2020. Environmental and socioeconomic effects of mosquito control in Europe using the biocide Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis (Bti). Science of The Total Environment Online:137800


Hess M.C.M., Buisson E., Fontes H., Bacon L., Sabatier F., Mesléard F., Marrs R. 2020. Giving recipient communities a greater head start and including productive species boosts early resistance to invasion. Applied Vegetation Science Online:avsc.12502.


Leberger R., Geijzendorffer I.R., Gaget E., Gwelmami A., Galewski T., Pereira H.M., Guerra C.A. 2020. Mediterranean wetland conservation in the context of climate and land cover change. Regional Environmental Change 20(2):67


Saturday 19 September 2020, don't miss the next General Meeting of the Friends of Tour du Valat Association. Lunch will be offered to members and an outing will be organised in the afternoon.

Congress "Man, Nature, Camargue" of the Academy of Arles from 16 to 18 October 2020 as part of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Camargue Regional Natural Park.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Government of France have decided to postpone the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 in Marseille to 7-15 January 2021 from its original date of June.

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Editorial comittee: Coralie Hermeloup, Jean Jalbert and Muriel Arcaute-Gevrey




Have contributed to this issue : B. Poulin. Photo copyrights: gailhampshire, T. Galewski, J. Jalbert, P. Lambret, R. Oroz, M. Osta / SPNL, C. Hermeloup/Tour du Valat (bandeau). Translation : Charles La Via.

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