This project initiated the implementation of sustained environmental monitoring in marine waters with the aim to assess the state of Malta’s marine waters on a continuous basis and address current knowledge gaps. The project collated data on activities taking place in the marine environment in order to provide a sound knowledge base for effective management of anthropogenic activities and work towards the achievement of Good Environmental Status in marine waters. The project was 75% co-financed by the EU EMFF (The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund) Funding Programme.
Description of activities
Activity 1 – Implementation and updating of the monitoring programme to ensure long-term feasibility of the monitoring processes.
Activity 2- Development of a marine database system to ensure access to data to all relevant stakeholders with a view to facilitate management of the marine environment across sectors.
Activity 3 – Analysis of monitoring data, assessment of environmental status and proposals of environmental targets throughout the duration of the project with a view to bridge monitoring data with management regimes.
Activity 4 –Information and Publicity to develop and implement a communication strategy to target the dissemination of information on the status of the marine environment on the basis of monitoring data (Activity 3) and the marine database system (Activity 2).
|PROJECT TITLE||Marine environmental monitoring: towards effective management of Malta’s marine waters|
|DURATION||Q1 2017 – Q1 2020|
|EU CONTRIBUTION||€1,200,000 (75% EU Funds)|
|LEAD||Environment and Resources Authority|
More information on the EMFF OP can be found here.