In 2018, MedINA launched an e-book called Gastronomic Heritage in Mediterranean Wetlands: healthy wetlands, healthy eating. The book’s aim is to promote the culinary heritage of Mediterranean wetlands while further encouraging the incorporation of cultural values in the management of wetlands, in accordance with Ramsar Resolutions VIII.19 and IX.21. The intention is also to document the long-standing links of Mediterranean communities to wetlands, to demonstrate how these connections can be strengthened and thereby create the optimal conditions for the sustainable use of these invaluable ecosystems.
The material presented in the publication was collected voluntarily from people with diverse backgrounds who are associated with Mediterranean wetlands on a variety of different levels; the book would not have been possible without their invaluable contribution and imaginative culinary abilities. The physical sites and recipes presented are all good examples of co-existence between humans and wetlands; together they produce stories of water and life. The book is a small but essential tool in the effort to record cultural memories of wetland flavours and tastes and to create the enduring foundation for new ones.
The e-book was created within the framework of a three-year programme entitled ‘Conservation of the natural and cultural heritage in wetlands’, which was implemented by the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and funded by the MAVA Foundation.