Story | 10 Aug, 2017

Natura 2000 Management Planning for Terrestrial Sites in Malta & Gozo

Malta was granted €1.3 million through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to co-finance a project entitled "Natura 2000 Management Planning for Malta and Gozo". 

Through this project, 22 management plans and eight conservation orders were established for the management of all terrestrial Natura 2000 sites in the Maltese Islands with the aim to increase awareness of Natura 2000 amongst the general public and stakeholders. The project was formally launched by the then Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) in January 2013. It was implemented through collaboration between the then MEPA and Epsilon International SA – Adi Associates Environmental Consultants Ltd Consortium through a service contract.

The management planning exercise involved gathering information, carrying out surveys, defining conservation objectives, and identifying management measures, with intensive stakeholder involvement throughout the entire exercise. A secondary component of the service contract involved an awareness campaign on terrestrial Natura 2000 sites in the Maltese Islands amongst the public at large and amongst specific target groups, such as farmers and land managers.

A Management Plan was compiled for most of the sites forming part of the terrestrial Natura 2000 Network, while a Conservation Order was considered to be a more appropriate tool for the smaller site.


For more information and a map of the terrestrial Natura 2000 sites in the Maltese Islands, visit the ERA wesbite here.