MEPA has just approved an outline development application for the full restoration and rehabilitation of the Salini and their ancillary facilities. The project, which covers an area of approximately 18,000 square metres will include the demolishing, construction and rehabilitation of the existing salt structures for them to continue to be used as part of the salt industry.
This extensive project will also see the reinstatement of rubble walls, the inclusion of a number of bird observation posts, a visitors’ centre, the reinstatement of the marshland, timber decking as a passageway along the garrigue area and the rehabilitation, the development of two boat jetties and an interpretation centre.
Salini is one of the last remaining salt marshes in the Maltese Islands and scheduled as an Area of Ecological Importance and is also listed as a Site of Scientific Importance. The area is characterised by the intermixing of sea and fresh water, the latter originating from a complex of valley systems that drain into the area.
The resulting salt marsh is very species diverse and the site supports a number of endemic flora and fauna, as well as a considerably large number of rare, endangered and locally threatened species.