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LIFE-IP RBMP-MALTA

This project is led by the Energy and Water Agency (EWA) and involves the Ministry for Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change (MESDC), the Ministry for Energy and Water (MEW), the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects (MTIP) and the Ministry for Gozo (MGoz) as project beneficiary partners. The main aim of the project is to support the implementation of the second RBMP of the Maltese Islands through the establishment of an integrated framework for the optimised management of all water resources on the Islands. 

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The Valley Management is responsible for the implementation of two actions in this project; Catchment Modelling and Pilot Projects in Integrated Valley Management.  The Catchment Modelling Action commenced in January 2018 and it involves the:
  • The identification and mapping of ecosystem services in Malta and Gozo’s main catch-ments;
  • The development of a centralised geodatabase of valley resources;
  • The development of a classification system for  sub-catchments to identify priority valleys for conservation;
  • Setting up of Master Plans and Technical Guidelines; and
  • Publication of an edited book on valley resources in the Maltese Islands.

The Pilot Projects in Integrated Valley Management Action will commence following the completion of the Catchment Modelling Action. The pilot projects (one in Malta and another in Gozo) will serve as case studies to monitor the effectiveness of the guidelines provided in the Master Plans developed in the Catchment Modelling component. The objectives of this action are to:
  • Conserve and enhance strategic ecosystem services provided in at least two valley stretches;
  • Inform and update the Catchment Modelling Master Plans and technical guidelines to enable the field testing of these recommendations, in order to introduce a positive feedback loop aimed at the continued improvement of the Master Plans;
  • Develop five-yearly management/maintenance plans for the pilot sites and that these can be used as a template that can be replicated in other projects/sites; and
  • Set a practical example on the application of Integrated Valley Management schemes that can be replicated in other catchments through the use of alternative funding instruments.