Commission on Ecosystem Management

Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems

Bodega Marine Reserve, California, USA Photo: Lobsang Wangdu

New website INCOMME

We are very pleased to announce that the University of California Natural Reserve System has completed the development of a new website to serve as a clearinghouse for science, education, policy, and general announcements focusing on the conservation of Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystems. 

The International Cooperative for the Management of Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystems (INCOMME) represents a consortium of organizations dedicated to preserving the extraordinary biological diversity of the world's five Mediterranean-climate regions.  In addition to information on MTEG, you can read about other organizations, such as the International Society for Mediterranean Ecology (ISOMED), and the International Mediterranean Ecosystems Conference, MEDECOS XIII, which is slated for Chile in 2014.

 At your convenience, we invite you to explore the link provided below:

 We welcome your comments and suggestions to make the website better, more user friendly, and to provide more information.  As such, we encourage you to send us any materials you think of general interest, such as workshop or meeting announcements, fellowships, pictures, and the like for posting. You may forward them to us at any time.

Mediterranean-type ecosystems (MTEs), with their characteristic and unique climatic regimes of mild wet winters and warm and dry summers, occur in just five regions of the world: the Mediterranean Basin, the Cape Region of South Africa, Southwestern and South Australia, California, and central Chile.

The world’s five Mediterranean-climate regions are home to remarkable levels of plant diversity and endemism that has led all five regions to be designated as “biodiversity hotspots.”

MTEG will tap into our members’ collective experience in managing field station reserves and protected areas in Mediterranean-climate regions, to accomplish three major goals:

• Promote cross‐disciplinary scientific research, best practices, and information-sharing, for the effective ecosystem management of MTEs;
• Enhance education and training for future conservation professionals; and, 
• Provide environmental public outreach programs relevant to Mediterranean-climate regions.

MTEG welcomes all who have interest, expertise, and experience in managing the exceptional biodiversity and unique ecosystems of MTEs.

Thematic Group Leads

Peggy L. Fiedler (
Chen Yin Noah (



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