Action C.7: Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems
Concrete action

The objective of this action is the design and deployment of three examples of SuDS, following a wider appraisal in order to assess their suitability to be introduced into the Maltese landscape, thereby setting the needed long-term planning and design guidance for the implementation of SuDS to be replicated according to different contexts and within a wider and more ambitious effort to promote green infrastructure and natural water retaining systems.

  • LEAD PARTNERMinistry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects (MTIP)
  • LOCATIONMaltese Islands
  • STATUSForthcoming
  • RELATED ACTIONS A.3, A.4, A.8,
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  • The DEMOSuDS action shall consist of a number of sequence-based tasks, intended to follow the normal planning-design-delivery cycle of infrastructural projects, together with other horizontal tasks aimed at ensuring the achievement of the overall objectives of the action, including stakeholder engagement and management, and environmental management and monitoring throughout the entire project cycle. The step-by-step knowledge and strategy building is based on three key stages: firstly to research

  • the technical possibilities and strategic options through a desk-based study; secondly, to test these concepts and proposals with the use of field modelling through small-scale prototypes that can be researched; and thirdly, through pilot projects devised on the basis of the knowledge and strategic vision gained, supported by monitoring and evaluation. The key stages are supported by the horizontal tasks to achieve the objectives related to dissemination and stakeholder engagement.

  • This action is expected to yield a Strategic Framework Document that identifies opportunities for the implementation of SuDS in the Maltese Islands and includes the development of a multi-disciplinary assessment tool for SuDS selection. In addition, this action is expected to deliver three (3) types of Demonstration prototype SuDS (Rural SuDS, RetrofitSuDS and Urban SuDS)

  • in distinct Geographical Areas that are representative of a wider spectrum of sites that makes up the Maltese urban-rural profile. Finally, the production of a set of design guidelines and best practices is intended as a broad basis for the replication of SuDS in similar settings, both locally and in other regions of the EU and other Mediterranean climate regions.

Take a look at the Deliverables for this action.

Development of a Strategic Framework to identify opportunities for the implementation of SuDS in the Maltese Islands and development of a multi-disciplinary assessment tool for SuDS selection

Development of technical guidelines and best practices for storm water management and use of SuDS in Malta