Management Plans for Terrestrial Natura 2000 Sites in Malta & Gozo
Currently there are 37 terrestrial Natura 2000 sites designated in the Maltese Islands. The consideration of site management for such sites emanates from a legal requirement to prepare conservation measures for protected sites under the Environment Protection Act (CAP. 549) and the Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations (S.L. 549.44) , which as transposed from the EC Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC).
Malta was granted €1.3 million through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to co-finance a project in order to meet the obligations emanating from the Habitats and Birds Directives. The overall aim of this project, entitled “Natura 2000 Management Planning for Malta and Gozo” was to establish management plans and legal provisions for the management of all terrestrial Natura 2000 sites in the Maltese Islands and to increase awareness of Natura 2000 amongst the general public and stakeholders. The management planning exercise involved gathering information, carrying out surveys, defining conservation objectives, and identifying management measures, with intensive stakeholder involvement throughout the entire process.
While, management plans were compiled for most of the sites forming part of the terrestrial Natura 2000 Network, Conservation Orders were considered to be a more appropriate tool for some of the sites. The management plans include detailed site descriptions, evaluation and conservation objectives, management actions, a work plan structure and a reporting and review plan.
For more information on these management plans, please contact [email protected]