The Management Board, together with the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is set to launch a public consultation process on the management plan that has been drawn up for the Natura 2000 site that encompasses the coastal area from ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa to il-Prajjet better known as Il-Majjistral Nature & History Park.
The consultation process will be carried out in conjunction with the Management Board of this site who, together with MEPA, have developed a detailed plan on how this prime site can be adequately conserved and managed as required by the EU’s Habitats Directive.
The Management Board of one of Malta’s prime Natura 2000 sites along with the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, is soon to launch a public consultation process on the management plan for this site.
The site encompasses the area around the coast from ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa to il-Prajjet as Il-Majjistral Nature & History Park and is considered to be an area that requires specifc conservation and management measures to ensure that it is adequately protected in the long term.
The Government of Malta designated the area around the coast from ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa to il-Prajjet as Il-Majjistral Nature & History Park and set up a Management Board to oversee the management of the site. The Board is composed of Dr. Castaldi Paris (Chairman) and representatives of MRRA, MEPA, the Lands Department, the Mellieha Local Council, Din L-Art Helwa, GAIA Foundation and Nature Trust Malta.
The Nature & History Park boundary stretches from ir-Ramla tal-Mixqua (Golden Sands Bay) to il-Prajjet (Popeye’s Village) and falls within the limits of the Mellieha Local Council. Since it forms part of a larger Natura 2000 site, Il-Majjistral Nature & History Park is deemed to constitute a prime site for the implementation of conservation measures as required by the EU’s Habitats Directive.
The Management Plan aims to achieve the effective conservation and management of the designated site, ensure the conservation of a wide range of species inhabiting the site and will also seek to address management issues that are complementary to other management projects.
The Plan will also facilitate the attainment of the Nature & History Park main objectives, which include the maintenance and restoration of the conditions necessary to protect significant species, biotic communities, habitats or physical features of the environment; to facilitate scientific research and environmental monitoring; to develop limited areas for public education; to eliminate and prevent exploitation of the area and to ensure that other relevant issues arising in the management of this Special Area of Conservation are clearly addressed in a sustainable manner.
The biggest challenge for management is the reconciliation of human influence within the site with the conservation objectives of the site, the preservation of resources and features of scientific, cultural and aesthetic interest, as well as the protection of an area of high landscape value.
Although the detailed Management Plan will be subject to public consultation, site management is already under way. The Heritage Parks Federation employs an on-site project manager, warden and guide, while the work carried out on site so far includes the installation of signage, the eviction of squatters from within the barracks, tree planting, cleaning of illegally dumped material, the construction of rubble walls, educational tours and many other initiatives.