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 project was formally launched by the then Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) in January 2013. It was implemented through collaboration between the then MEPA and Epsilon International SA – Adi Associates Environmental Consultants Ltd Consortium through a service contract.

The consideration of site management emanates from a legal requirement to prepare conservation measures for protected sites under the 
Environment Protection Act (Cap. 549), as transposed from the EC Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC).

The management planning exercise involved gathering information, carrying out surveys, defining conservation objectives, and identifying management measures, with intensive stakeholder involvement throughout the entire exercise. A secondary component of the service contract involved an awareness campaign on terrestrial Natura 2000 sites in the Maltese Islands amongst the public at large and amongst specific target groups, such as farmers and land managers.

A Management Plan was compiled for most of the sites forming part of the terrestrial Natura 2000 Network, while a Conservation Order was considered to be a more appropriate tool for the smaller sites. These tools became effective after the publication of relevant Government Notices of 14 December 2016, as per tables below​​​​.

Terrestrial Natura 2000 Sites
Name of terrestrial Natura 2000 siteVision ficheGovernment Notice
L-Inħawi ta’​ G​ħajn​ Barrani​LinkG.N. 1371 of 2016
Il-Maqluba​ (limiti tal-Qrendi)LinkG.N. 1372 of 2016
L-Għadira s-SafraLinkG.N. 1373 of 2016
Ix-Xagħra tal-KortinLinkG.N. 1374 of 2016
Għar Dalam (limiti ta' Birżebbuġa)LinkG.N. 1375 of 2016
Iċ-ĊittadellaLinkG.N. 1376 of 2016
Filfla u l-Gżejjer ta’ MadwarhaLinkG.N. 1377 of 2016
Il-Gżejjer ta’ San Pawl (Selmunett)LinkG.N. 1378 of 2016
All other terrestrial Na​​tura 2000 sites*G.N. 1379 of 2016

*Management plans and vision fiches for all the other terrestrial Natura 2000 sites can be found in the table below.

Name of terrestrial Natura 2000 siteVision ficheManagement planAnnex
Il-Ballut ta’ MarsaxlokkLinkLinkLink
Il-Ballut tal-WardijaLinkLinkLink
Il-Magħluq tal-Baħar ta’ MarsaskalaLinkLinkLink
Il-Qortin tal-Magun u l-Qortin il-KbirLinkLinkLink
Is-Simar (limiti ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar)LinkLinkLink
Kemmuna u l-Gżejjer ta’ MadwarhaLinkLinkLink
L-Għar tal-lburdan u l-Inħawi tal-MadwarLinkLinkLink
L-Inħawi ta’ PembrokeLinkLinkLink
L-Inħawi tad-Dwejra u tal-Qawra/Rdumijiet ta’ Għawdex: Il-Ponta ta’ Ħarrux sal-Bajja tax-Xlendi/Rdumijiet ta’Għawdex: Il-Ponta ta San Dimitri sal-Ponta ta ĦarruxLinkLinkLink
L-Inħawi tal-Buskett u tal-GirgentiLinkLinkLink
L-Inħawi tal-GħadiraLinkLinkLink
L-Inħawi tal-Imġiebaħ u tal-MiġnunaLinkLinkLink
L-Inħawi tar-RamlaLinkLinkLink
L-Inħawi tar-Ramla tat-Torri u tal-Irdum tal-MadonnaLinkLinkLink
L-Inħawi tax-Xlendi u tal-Wied tal-Kantra/Rdumijiet ta’ Għawdex: Id-Dawra tas-Sanap sa tal-ĦajtLinkLinkLink
Rdumijiet ta’ Malta: Għajn TuffieħaLinkLinkLink
Rdumijiet ta’ Malta: Ir-Ramla ta’ Għajn Tuffieħa sax-XaqqaLinkLinkLink
Rdumijiet ta’ Malta: Mir-Ramla taċ-Ċirkewwa sar-Ramla tal-MixquqaLinkLinkLink
Rdumijiet ta’ Malta: Mix-Xaqqa sal-Ponta ta’ BengħisaLinkLinkLink
Rdumijiet u L-Inħawi ta’ Ta’ ĊenċLinkLinkLink
Wied il-MiżiebLinkLinkLink

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