The term 'species' refers to a group of organisms that are genetically related and capable (or have the potential) of interbreeding under natural conditions to produce fertile offspring. Such groups of organisms have common distinctive features. The Maltese Islands support a diverse array of native terrestrial, freshwater and marine species. The rich species diversity (the number of species in an area taking into account species abundance; taxonomic variety) of the Islands is essential to maintain healthy ecosystems and an overall healthy environment.
Of particular importance is to know which species are present within specific areas, as well as their abundance, so as to be able to apply conservation measures and adopt sustainable practices to ensure their perpetuity in the Maltese Islands.
Orchids of the Maltese IslandsFurther information on species, especially on species in the Maltese Islands, shall be made available soon.
Links for further information
State of the Environment Reports / Indicators
Grouper Action Plan
Marine Turtle Nest - Gnejna Bay
Code of Conduct on Horticulture & Invasive Alien Plants (IAP) (June 2011)
New Guidelines for the Management of Invasive Plants
Guidelines on managing non-native plant invaders and restoring native plant communities in terretsrial settings in the Maltese Islands (March 2013)