The project "Strengthening Institutional Capacity for the Implementation of the Nature Protection Acquis" was financed from the Transition Facility Programme for Malta (2004). This funding programme aims to strengthen the Maltese administration to enable it to fully comply with the requirements of the EU Acquis.
The project itself was a Twinning initiative between MEPA and the Austrian Federal Environment Agency and had a total budget of €400,000 provided in whole by the EU. The purpose of this project was to contribute towards the implementation of the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and the Wild Birds Directive (79/409/EEC).
This purpose was achieved by firstly improving MEPA’s regulatory capacity to prepare Natura 2000 site management plans and to subsequently monitor their implementation, and secondly, by providing extensive training to various stakeholders, including environmental NGOs, so as to enable them to successfully implement management plans.
During the 18 months of the project’s implementation, a number of training seminars, workshops, practical on-site visits and traineeships were organised and implemented.
The project commenced in October 2005 and was concluded in March 2007.
Within MEPA, this project was led by the Ecosystems Management Unit with assistance from the International Projects Team of the EU and Multilateral Affairs Unit.
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This project has been realised with the financial assistance of the European Union
and is co-funded by the Transition Facility Programme for Malta 2004