Fabian Demicoli

MEUSAC Core Group discusses the 1st Water Catchment Plan for Malta

GRTU this morning attended to the MEUSAC Core Group meeting, of which it is a member. A presentation of the 1st Water Catchment Plan for Malta was delivered by Ms Yvette Rizzo at MEPA.

 

She explained that the Water Catchment Managment Plan (WCMP) stems from the Water Framework Directive (WFD). WCMP closes the first fase of the WFD and reports on the implementation, it also opens second fase of WFD.

WCMP for Malta is applied as a River Basin Managment Plant. WCMP is developed by MRA for ground water and by MEPA for coasts, ghadajjar, etc… It covers all types of water and imposes a minimum level of protection that must be reached by authorities. It also establishes the good status that needs to be reached and indicators to be checked and by which Government has to abide. It also offers exemptions where there would be disappropriate meausres needed compared to the objectives of the Directive. It transpired that Malta has applied for such exemptions in various areas. It was expalined that even though Govenment is taking action to ensure no further environmental deterioration takes place it is impossible to reach the set target till the 2015 deadline as the environment needs more time to go through the process naturally.

The WCMP deals with coast water, ground water, etc. The studies carried out on them are explained and their state and the action that will be taken is also outlined.

Please contact GRTU for a copy of the document and presentation.

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