Management plans for Natura 2000 sites
An EU-funded project, pioneered by MEPA, was officially launched to establish management plans for all 34 terrestrial Natura 2000 sites in the Maltese Islands. This project is being implemented through a service contract and will be completed by December 2013.
The management plans will identify management measures which seek to protect a wide range of habitats and species and will emphasise the need for the sustainable use of our natural resources with the full involvement of all stakeholders.
Unprecedented in its scope and nature, the project is a milestone in the protection of our rural environment.
The project will include an information campaign focusing on Natura 2000 sites in Malta and Gozo, targeting both the general public as well as specific groups such as farmers and land managers. This will aim to equip all key stakeholders with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the management planning process more effectively.
This project will help Malta to fulfil its EU and international commitments by informing, educating, encouraging stewardship, and building momentum for the implementation of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas in the Maltese islands, whilst improving the quality of life of rural communities. It will also help to ensure that Malta fulfils its obligations under the EU Habitats and Birds Directives.