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Valley Catchments

Preparation of Master Plans and Technical Guidelines for Selected Valley Catchments in the Maltese Islands

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Background to the Project:

The Project forms part of the LIFE 16 IPE MT 008 Project on the Optimisation of the implementation of the 2nd River Basin Management Plan in the Malta River Basin District.  The Project involves the formulation of Master Plans and Technical Guidelines for 16 major water catchments in Malta and Gozo.  There will be 12 Master Plans, with three plans addressing more than one catchment, where the catchments are adjacent. 

Adi Associates Environmental Consultants Ltd has been awarded the contract by PARKS Malta (Valley Management Unit) to formulate the Master Plans and Technical Guidelines

Project Objectives

·         To develop Master Plans - providing a strategic policy framework to encourage integrated valley management (Integrated River Basin Management and Planning)

·         To provide guidance frameworks for management of resources (e.g., water) that can be replicated for other catchments

·         To develop technical guidelines to inform the implementation of management interventions

·         To provide a framework for the conservation and enhancement of the ecosystem services provided by water catchments and valleys

Timeframe for the Project:

·         30th July 2020: Project Launch

·         August – October 2020: Phase 1 stakeholder engagement, with nation-wide public events in September and October.  Phase 1 of the stakeholder engagement will inform formulation of the draft master plans

·         November – February 2020: Phase 2 stakeholder engagement, with nation-wide public events in January and February.  Phase 2 of the stakeholder engagement will be consultation on draft Master Plans

·         March 2020: final Master Plans

·         May 2021: technical guidelines

The Water Catchments

1. Wied il-Ghasel Catchment

2. Wied il-Kbir Catchment

3. Wied il-Ghajn and Wied Sant’ Antnin Catchments

4. Wied Zembaq, Wied Dalam and Wied il-Qoton Catchments

5. Wied Harq Hammiem and Wied Ghomor Catchments

6. Wied tal-Mistra Catchment

7. Il-Wied tal-Gnejna Catchment

8. Wied il-Bahrija Catchment

9. Wied Blandun Catchment

10. Wied tad-Dwejra Catchment (Gozo)

11. Wied tax-Xlendi Catchment (Gozo)

12. Il-Wied tal-Imgarr Catchment (Gozo)

 Why are the Master Plans being prepared?

The Master Plans will provide the Valley Management Unit with a long-term planning framework for the management and conservation of environmental resources found in the water catchments. 

The aim of the Master Plans and Technical Guidelines is to provide tools for the Valley Management Unit, in identifying the actions to be carried in the valleys.  The Master Plans will provide the scientific justification for the proposed interventions

The Master Plans will:

·         Provide a written and approved document which has been formulated following public consultation;

·         Describe the water catchment, the problems and issues related to the catchments, and opportunities for management of the catchment to address the issues;

·         Provide a commitment to, and guidance for, the management and conservation of the catchments;

·         Present the vision and strategic direction for the catchments until 2050, and detail how the catchments will be managed to achieve the agreed management objectives; and

·         Outline measurable outcomes for the catchments in the short-term (5-years), medium-term (15-years) and long-term (30-years).


What does having a Master Plan mean for you?

The Master Plans will ensure that the uses and activities that take place within the water catchments are sustainable.  Importantly, the Master Plans will ensure that the future management of the valleys will protect and enhance the ecosystem services provided by the water catchments.

Valleys and water catchments are important for the ecosystem services they provide to humans, as well as being important natural habitats for Maltese flora and fauna. 

Ecosystem services directly and indirectly benefit humans and enhance health and well-being in many ways. 

Ecosystem services include:

·            provisioning services - food, raw materials, medicinals, energy

·            maintenance and regulating services - water purification, waste decomposition, climate regulation, flood protection, soil formation, pollination, erosion prevention

·            cultural services - recreation, history and tradition, science and education, therapeutic

How can you be involved in the Project?

A national stakeholder engagement programme will run from August 2020 to February 2021, with a series of events across Malta and Gozo on each water catchment, and involving Government entities, national agencies, Local Councils, NGOs, farmers, residents, and visitors to and other users of the valley catchments.

The aim of engaging all of these stakeholders is:

·            To raise awareness of the Project and of the benefits of having Master Plans in place for the water catchments;

·            To gather the information and local knowledge needed to formulate the Master Plans;

·            To actively involve all stakeholders in the formulation of the Master Plans so as to facilitate their implementation

The stakeholder engagement programme will have two stages:

Stage 1: Formulation of the Draft Master Plans (August to October 2020)

The stakeholder engagement programme in Stage 1 will include a number of public events addressing each of the water catchments, organised over September and October, and in the localities of the water catchments.  The public will be invited to become involved in interactive exhibitions and workshops to discuss the problems and issues affecting the catchments and to put forward their ideas for management measures to be taken forward in the Draft Master Plans.

Schedule of events:

  • Il-Wied tal Gnejna: Saturday 19th September at the Mgarr Local Council Offices, Mgarr, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Il-Wied tal-Mistra catchment: Wednesday 23rd September at the Mellieha Parish Centre, Triq il-Kappillan Magri, Mellieha, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Wied il-Bahrija catchment: Thursday 24th September at St Joseph’s Retreat House, Triq il-Buskett, Rabat, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Wied Harq Hammien and Wied Ghomor catchments: Wednesday, 30th September at the St Julian’s Parish Hall, Triq Lapsi, St Julians, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm  
  • Wied tad-Dwejra (Gozo) catchment: Saturday 26th September, at the Don Bosco Oratory, Pjazza Santu Wistin, Rabat / Victoria, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Il-Wied tax-Xlendi catchment: Saturday 26th September, at the Don Bosco Oratory, at Pjazza Santu Wistin, Rabat / Victoria, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Il-Wied tal-Imgarr catchment: Saturday 26th September, at St Joseph’s Band Club, Pjazza Madonna ta’ Loreto, Ghajnsielem, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Wied Zembaq, Wied il-Qoton and Wied Dalam: Wednesday 7th October: Soċjetà Filarmonika San Pietru Birzebbuġa, Triq Birzebbuġa, Birzebbuġa - from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Kbir System: Saturday 10th October: St Joseph’s Retreat House, Triq Buskett, Rabat - from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Għasel System: Tuesday 13th October: Mosta Civic Centre, Constitution Street, Mosta - from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Wied Sant’ Antnin, Wied il-Għajn and Wied Blandun: Wednesday 14th October: Fgura Local Council, Triq Hompesch, Fgura - from 5:30 – 8:00 pm)

If you are interested in attending any of these events, please register at: info@adi-associates.com .  This is necessary to comply with the Ministry of Health’s ‘COVID-19 Transitioning - Standards for Gatherings and Events’.  These events will be organised and managed to take account of the Standards.  Accordingly, if you do intend to participate in any of the events, please ensure to bring your own face mask.   It will be necessary to wear your mask for the duration of the event.  

Stage 2: Consultation on the Draft Master Plans (November 2020 to February 2021)

The stakeholder engagement programme in Stage 2 will include a number of public events in January and February at which the Draft Master Plans for each of the water catchments will be presented.  The public will be invited to review and discuss the proposed management measures, to put forward their suggestions for revision of the measures (as necessary), and to agree the Final Master Plans.

Schedule of events 

 
1. Wied il-Ghasel Catchment

The Wied il-Għasel catchment is extensive, extending across the north and west of Malta and including the localities of Mosta, San Pawl il-Baħar, Naxxar, Mġarr, Rabat, Attard, Mtarfa, and Dingli.  The Għasel System is one of the main river-valley systems of Malta.  The system flows in a northwardly direction from the Rabat - Dingli Uplands and flowing through Mġarr, Mosta, Naxxar and Burmarrad until it discharges at Is-Salini.

The Għasel valley catchment system is made up of seven different sub-catchments incorporating several valleys - Wied Liemu (Dingli); Wied il-Bużbież (Dingli / Rabat); Wied il-Fiddien (Rabat); Wied il-Qlejgħa (Rabat / Mtarfa / Mġarr / Mosta); Wied l-Arkata / Wied tal-Imselliet / Wied ta’ Għajn Riħana (Mġarr / Mosta (Bidnija) / San Pawl il-Baħar (Burmarrad) / Naxxar); Wied il-Għasel / Wied Speranza (Mosta / Naxxar); and Wied Qannotta (Mġarr / Mosta (Bidnija) / San Pawl il-Baħar (Burmarrad) / Naxxar).

Ghasel System.pdfGhasel System.pdf

2. Wied il-Kbir Catchment

The Wied il-Kbir catchment is extensive, extending across the central and southwest of Malta and including the localities of Ħad-Dingli, Ir-Rabat, L-Imdina, L-Imtarfa, Ħ’Attard, Ħal Balzan, Birkirkara (L-Imrieħel), Santa Venera, Il-Ħamrun, Ħaż-Żebbuġ, Is-Siġġewi, Il-Qrendi, L-Imqabba, Ħal Luqa, Ħal Qormi and Il-Marsa.  The Kbir and Sewda System is one of the main river-valley systems of Malta.  The system flows in an eastward direction, originating in the Rabat - Dingli Uplands and flows through Malta’s central plains to its outflow in the Grand Harbour.  The upstream part of the system is dominated by agricultural land and the downstream part is characterised by urban land cover.

Kbir System.pdfKbir System.pdf

3. Wied il-Ghajn and Wied Sant’ Antnin Catchments

Wied il-Għajn and Wied Sant’ Antnin are adjacent catchments located in the southeast of Malta. 

Wied il-Għajn is located primarily within the locality of Ħaż-Żabbar but includes part of the locality of Marsaskala, where it extends to the sea in the settlement of Marsaskala.  The catchment also extends within the localities of Xgħajra, Birgu, Bormla, and Fgura, albeit in very small areas.  The catchment includes the urban settlements of Ħaż-Żabbar and Marsaskala; however, a good proportion of the Wied il-Għajn catchment is agricultural land.

Wied Sant’ Antnin is an extensive catchment, taking in the localities of Marsaskala, Ħaż-Żabbar, Iż-Żejtun, Santa Luċija, Il-Gudja, Ħal Tarxien and Ħal Għaxaq.  The catchment extends to the sea in the settlement of Marsaskala.  The catchment is a mix of urban development and agricultural land.  Spanning from West to East, Wied Sant’ Antnin catchment comprises a number of valleys, including Wied Garnaw, Wied iż- Żring, Wied ta’ San Martin, Wied iz-Ziju, and Wied Sant’ Antnin itself.

Wied il-Ghajn.pdfWied il-Ghajn.pdf 

Wied Sant' Antnin.pdfWied Sant' Antnin.pdf

4. Wied Zembaq, Wied Dalam and Wied il-Qoton Catchments

Wied Żembaq, Wied Dalam and Wied il-Qoton are adjacent catchments located in the south of Malta.

Wied Żembaq is an extensive catchment, taking in the localities of Mqabba, Żurrieq, Kirkop, Luqa, Safi, Gudja, Ghaxaq, and Birżebbuga, where it extends to the sea in the settlement of Birzebbuga.  The catchment includes two valleys: Wied Żembaq and Wied Ħas-Saptan.    

Wied Dalam takes in the localities of Ħal Għaxaq and Il-Gudja and to smaller extend the localities of Luqa, Zeijtun, Marsaxokk, and Birżebbuga, where it extends to the sea in the settlement of Birżebbuga.  The catchment includes the settlements of Ħal Għaxaq and Il-Gudja, as well as Birżebbuga; however, there is a significant amount of agricultural land within the Wied Dalam catchment.

Wied il-Qoton takes in the localities of Iż-Żurrieq, Ħal Safi, Ħal Luqa, and Birżebbuga, where it extends to the sea in the settlement of BirżebbugaThe catchment is largely rural, although it does include some built-up areas.

Wied Zembaq.pdfWied Zembaq.pdf

Wied Dalam.pdfWied Dalam.pdf

Wied il-Qoton.pdfWied il-Qoton.pdf​

5. Wied Harq Hammiem and Wied Ghomor Catchments

Wied Ħarq Ħammiem separates the towns of St Julian’s and Pembroke.  The valley’s surroundings are urban (mostly residential), with commercial complexes (the Villa Rosa complex and St George’s Hotel) at the mouth of the valley.  Some scattered agricultural buildings are present close to the watercourse upstream, and there are a number of recreational complexes to the west of the catchment.  The valley is severed from the sea by the commercial complex of Villa Rosa and the coastal road leading to Pembroke.  The catchment of the valley extends up through Swieqi and Pembroke and part of St Julian’s.

Wied Għomor is a relatively small green area in the midst of a highly urbanised area.  The towns of St Julian’s, Swieqi and San Ġwann border the valley.  The downstream end of the valley is disconnected from the sea by a recreational complex (which has been built directly on the watercourse), a car park, the coast road and the Spinola Bay promenade.  Upstream, the valley forks into two watercourses, with the upstream forks of the valley being separated from the downstream end by a through-road linking San Ġwann to Swieqi.  The area where the valley forks has paved paths with recreational areas and there is a dog park located along one side.

Wied Harq Hammiem.pdfWied Harq Hammiem.pdf

Wied Ghomor.pdfWied Ghomor.pdf

6. Wied tal-Mistra Catchment

Wied tal-Mistra is located in the northwest of Malta, primarily within the locality of Mellieħa but extending into the locality of San Pawl il-Baħar.  The catchment is predominantly rural but includes parts of the settlements of Mellieħa, Xemxija and Manikata.

Il-Wied tal-Mistra.pdfIl-Wied tal-Mistra.pdf

7. Il-Wied tal-Gnejna Catchment

Il-Wied tal-Ġnejna is located in the north of Malta, primarily within the locality of Mġarr, but also extending into the locality of Ir-Rabat.  The catchment is predominantly rural and agricultural but includes the settlement of Mgarr and part of the settlement of Zebbiegh.  The valley itself is deep and wide, with the watercourse flowing through its length towards the sandy beach at the valley mouth.

Il-Wied tal-Gnejna.pdfIl-Wied tal-Gnejna.pdf

8. Wied il-Baħrija Catchment

Wied il-Baħrija is located in the west of Malta, within the locality of Ir-Rabat.  The catchment is predominantly rural and includes the settlement of Baħrija.  Wied il-Baħrija catchment receives water from different tributaries and typically has water during most months of the year.

Wied il-Bahrija.pdfWied il-Bahrija.pdf

9. Wied Blandun Catchment

Wied Blandun is located in the southeast of Malta, primarily within the locality of Fgura but also extending into the localities of Tarxien, Paola, Bormla, Ħaż-Żabbar, and Iż-Żejtun.  The catchment is largely urban, with the valley occupying a relatively small area of the catchment.  The valley itself is flanked by Fgura’s main road and residential areas to the south and the Palumbo dockyard and the Harbour Fortifications (the Cottonera Lines) to the north. Small pockets of agricultural fields can be found both to the west and east of the valley.

Wied Blandun.pdf​

10. Wied tad-Dwejra Catchment (Gozo)

The Wied tad-Dwejra catchment is located on the northwestern coast of the island of Gozo, in the localities of San Lawrenz and Kerċem.  The catchment includes a mosaic of distinctive and uncharacteristic geological, geomorphological and ecological features, making the area one of scientific importance and heritage value.  It comprises extensive coastal cliffs and rdum structures (forming part of the Rdumijiet ta’ Għawdex), cliff plateaux, valleys, il-Qattara permanent freshwater pool, the Ħaġret il-Ġeneral Nature Reserve, and the Qawra / Dwejra Heritage Park.  The southern part of the catchment is characterised by agricultural land.

Il-Wied tad-Dwejra.pdfIl-Wied tad-Dwejra.pdf

11. Wied tax-Xlendi Catchment (Gozo)

The Wied tax-Xlendi catchment is located in the west of Gozo and includes the localities of Fontana, Kerċem, Munxar, Rabat and Sannat, and the settlement of Ix-Xlendi.  The catchment includes the entire valley system of Il-Wied tax-Xlendi, including its tributaries, namely Il-Wied tal-Għanċija (Wied tal-Għawdxija), Wied il-Ħmar, Wied il-Għarab, Il-Wied ta’ Grixti, and Il-Wied tal-Lunzjata, all of which end in the inlet at Ix-Xlendi.  Il-Wied tal-Lunzjata forms the upper part of Il-Wied tax-Xlendi and is one of the few remaining valleys in the Maltese Islands with a permanent freshwater supply.

Il-Wied tax-Xlendi.pdfIl-Wied tax-Xlendi.pdf

12. Il-Wied tal-Imgarr Catchment (Gozo)

Il-Wied tal-Imġarr catchment is located in the south of Gozo, primarily within the Għajnsielem locality but extending to include the southern part of Nadur locality.  The catchment includes the settlement of Għajnsielem, as well as a part of the settlements of Nadur and Mġarr. 

The catchment is predominantly agricultural and is a densely vegetated gorge-like valley.  Abandoned agricultural land and steppe form part of the elevated ground adjacent to the head of the valley.  

Il-Wied tal-Imgarr.pdfIl-Wied tal-Imgarr.pdf

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