Public Consultation – Significant Water Management Issues in preparation for Malta’s 3rd River Basin Management Plan



Start date: 19 August 2020

Closing date: 19 February 2021

Title of the public consultation: Significant Water Management Issues in preparation for Malta’s 3rd River Basin Management Plan

Ministry: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning

Entity: Environment & Resources Authority


  1. Background

Under the implementation process of the EU’s Water Framework Directive (WFD), Malta is required to prepare its third River Basin Management Plan (3rd RBMP) for the third cycle of implementation of the WFD by the 22nd March 2022. The River Basin Management Plan provides a status assessment of inland and coastal waters in the Maltese islands, and identifies the measures necessary to enable the progressive achievement of good status conditions in these water bodies.

The process leading to the formulation of this management plan includes an extensive stakeholder consultation process, in order to ensure that this plan takes due consideration of the stakeholders’ expectations for Malta’s national water environment.


  1. Consultation

    The WFD requires a specific consultation exercise focusing on the identification of Significant Water Management Issues in preparation for the development of the draft 3rd RBMP.

    This consultation exercise will be open for a period of six months and the main consultation tool for this exercise is an online questionnaire available within the report identifying the key Significant Water Management Issues, which report is available for download here.


  2. Documents

Significant Water Management Issues Report

Public Consultation Questionnaire


  1. Submission of feedback

Stakeholders are encouraged to read and submit their feedback on the identified issues online. The direct link to the online questionnaire is also being made available here.

Alternatively if you are unable to access the online questionnaire, you can send your feedback by email to [email protected] or in writing to ERA at:

                Water Framework Directive Consultation

                Environment and Resources Authority

                Hexagon House,

                Spencer Hill,

                Marsa, MRS 1441

Consultations are also being undertaken through the official Government consultation portal:, where stakeholders have the opportunity to send their written comments to a dedicated consultation e-mail.


  1. Further notes

Please be informed that comments submitted, together with the identity of the contributor, may be published online at the end of the public consultation, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.

All comments submitted shall be duly considered.