The First Water Catchment Management Plan
The Water Catchment Management Plan represents the most significant milestone in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in Malta to date. It provides a summary of the implementation process of the WFD since Malta’s accession to the European Union in 2004.
This document describes the main issues for the management of water resources in the Maltese Islands and proposes actions or measures needed to deal with these issues. This plan spells out the steps needed to protect, enhance and improve the water environment of Malta and Gozo. Instead of focusing on groundwaters and surface waters individually, this plan is holistic in its approach since it considers the integrated management of groundwaters and surface waters at the water catchment scale.
This Water Catchment Management Plan is the outcome of a 6 month public consultation period on a draft version of this plan that ran from May to November 2010. During this period members of the general public were invited to contribute to the plan and several stakeholder bilateral meetings were held. The contributions of willing participants were various and extensive. All of these have been duly considered and integrated into the plan where possible.
A Twinning 'light' project, funded by the Transition Facility Programme for Malta 2006, was implemented between Malta and France during 2009. The overall objective of this project was to achieve compliance with the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) 2000/60/EC pertaining to the preparation of the first River Basin Management Plan.