The development of a national structure to guide policy and management decisions balancing human and environmental needs in Malta’s water catchments. This will be achieved through the preparation of Master Plans and Technical Guidelines of Selected Valley Catchments in the Maltese Islands.
The Project forms part of the LIFE 16 IPE MT 008 Project on the Optimisation of the implementation of the 2nd River Basin Management Plan in the Malta River Basin District. The Project involves the formulation of Master Plans and Technical Guidelines for 16 major water catchments in Malta and Gozo. There will be 12 Master Plans, with three plans addressing more than one catchment, where the catchments are adjacent.
Adi Associates Environmental Consultants Ltd has been awarded the contract by Parks Malta (Valley Management Unit) to formulate the Master Plans and Technical Guidelines.
- To develop Master Plans - providing a strategic policy framework to encourage integrated valley management (Integrated River Basin Management and Planning)
- To provide guidance frameworks for the management of resources (e.g., water) that can be replicated for other catchments
- To develop technical guidelines to inform the implementation of management interventions
- To provide a framework for the conservation and enhancement of the ecosystem services provided by water catchments and valleys
Where are the catchments?
1. Wied il-Għasel Catchment
2. Wied il-Kbir Catchment
3. Wied il-Għajn and Wied Sant’ Antnin Catchments
4. Wied Żembaq, Wied Dalam and Wied il-Qoton Catchments
5. Wied Ħarq Ħammiem and Wied Għomor Catchments
6. Wied tal-Mistra Catchment
7. Il-Wied tal-Ġnejna Catchment
8. Wied il-Baħrija Catchment
9. Wied Blandun Catchment
10. Wied tad-Dwejra Catchment (Gozo)
11. Wied tax-Xlendi Catchment (Gozo)
12. Il-Wied tal-Imġarr Catchment (Gozo)
Why are the Master Plans being prepared?
The Master Plans will:
Provide a long-term planning framework for the management and conservation of environmental resources found in the water catchments
Provide a written and approved document which has been formulated following public consultation;
Describe the water catchment, the problems and issues related to the catchment, and opportunities for management of the catchment to address the issues;
Provide a commitment to, and guidance for, the management and conservation of the catchment;
Present the vision and strategic direction for the catchment until 2050, and detail how the catchment will be managed to achieve the agreed management objectives; and
Outline measurable outcomes for the catchment in the short-term (5-years), medium-term (15-years) and long-term (30-years).
What does having a Master Plan mean?
The Master Plans will ensure that the uses and activities that take place within the water catchments are sustainable. Importantly, the Master Plans will ensure that the future management of the valleys will protect and enhance the ecosystem services provided by the water catchments. Valleys and water catchments are important for the ecosystem services they provide to humans, as well as being important natural habitats for Maltese flora and fauna.