As at end of 2008, the Maltese Islands had over 20% of its land area protected, at least under one of the above-listed designations. Work is being considered to especially enhance the network of marine protected areas, 2 having been designated to date - 1 in 2005 and 1 in 2007.
A complete list of the important natural areas afforded protection, specifically under national legislation, in view of the habitats and/or species present, is available through the Common Database on Designated Areas (CDDA).
The management of protected areas is of utmost importance. MEPA has enhanced capacity-building in this respect in later years, with assessment, management and enforcement being constantly considered. Indeed, MEPA is continuously involved in projects aimed at the establishment of protected areas, as well as the drafting and implementation of management plans. A project has been proposed for funding (EAFRD 2007-2013) under the Rural Development Programme for Malta, with the aim of developing management plans for the Natura 2000 sites designated to date.
Through the years, MEPA has received technical support related to protected areas, especially through participation in externally funded projects. Amongst these were:
Other sections related to Important Natural Areas
Protected Areas - National
Protected Areas - International
Links for further information
Projects (related to biodiversity / nature protection)
State of the Environment Reports (or Indicators)
Common Database on Designated Areas (CDDA)