Start date: 5th February 2019
Closing date: 28th June 2019
Title of the public consultation: Timetable for the formulation of Malta’s 3rd Water Catchment Management Plan
Ministry: Ministry for Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Entity: Environment & Resources Authority
1. Background

Under the implementation process of the EU’s Water Framework Directive (WFD), Malta is required to prepare its 3rd 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. In addition, the EU Floods Directive also requires the development of the 2nd Flood Risk Management Plan (2nd FRMP) which will need to be finalised by the same date. The 2nd FRMP focuses on the reduction of adverse risks to human health, the environment, cultural heritage and economic activity resulting from significant flooding events.

The process leading to the formulation of these two management plans includes an extensive stakeholder consultation process, in order to ensure that these plans take due consideration of stakeholders’ expectations for the national water environment. The Directive requires three specific consultation phases focusing on the timetable for the formulation of the plans, the identification of Significant Water Management Issues and the Draft Plans. Each consultation phase will have a duration of six months.

The main consultation tool throughout each of the three phases of consultation will be web-based and undertaken through the official Government consultation portal:, where stakeholders will have the opportunity to send their written comments to a dedicated consultation e-mail. The consultation process will also be supported by thematic conferences and workshops to enable a direct discussion with stakeholders.

2. Consultation

In line with the implementation timeline of the 3rd RBMP and 2nd FRMP, the Energy and Water Agency and the Environment and Resources Authority have developed the timetable for the formulation of the 3rd RBMP and the 2nd FRMP. The timetable is presented hereunder and interested stakeholders are invited to send their submissions on the proposed timetable by the 28th June 2019.

3. Submission of feedback

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]
Post: Water Framework Directive Consultation
Environment and Resources Authority
Hexagon House,
Spencer Hill,
Marsa, MRS 1441

4. Further notes

For further information contact ERA on [email protected] or on 2292 3500 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.