LIFE-IP-RBMP-Malta - Optimising the the implementation of the 2nd RBMP in the Maltese River Basin District

LIFE16 IPE/MT/000008

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Contact details:

Contact person: Manuel Sapiano
Tel: +356 22292589
Email: manuel.sapiano@gov.mt

Project description:


The development process of the second River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) has confirmed that there are still significant challenges ahead of Malta for achieving the good status objectives of the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC). These challenges are mainly linked to severe water scarcity and drought conditions, high population density, high urbanisation rates, saline water intrusion, contamination, and vulnerability of coastal waters.


The main aim of the LIFE-IP RBMP-MALTA project is to support the implementation of the second RBMP through the establishment of an integrated framework for the optimised management of all water resources on the Maltese islands. To achieve this, it will seek to address the key horizontal challenges identified during a gap analysis undertaken as part of the development process for the second RBMP. The challenges will be addressed through the implementation of best practice, demonstration, pilot study, and capacity building actions.

The key horizontal challenges (i.e. the specific project objectives) are to:

  • Increase the awareness of the need to conserve and protect water resources and dependent terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems;
  • Facilitate the uptake of measures, through demonstration actions and cases of best practices in addition to fiscal incentives, to build up the confidence of stakeholders and water users in the solutions proposed;
  • Improve the institutional approach to measure implementation, achieving a high level of institutional and stakeholder dialogue; and
  • Reduce uncertainty in water body status assessments through improved knowledge of water-related processes, ecosystems and ecosystem services, as well as on interactions with anthropogenic activity, with a view to inform appropriate ecosystem-based management regimes and increase the trust of stakeholders in the status assessments.
  • Expected results:

  • Reduced domestic water demand by around 5%, thereby generating annual savings of around 850 000m3 in the municipal water supply;
  • A net increase in the mean annual recharge of around 1.2 million m3, coming from alternative water sources such as rainwater runoff and highly-cleaned treated effluents;
  • Increased capacity of wastewater treatment plants to produce highly-cleaned water and increased use of this treated wastewater (instead of groundwater);
  • Reduced flood risk and improved groundwater status;
  • Increased awareness on the challenges facing the water sector; and
  • Optimised management of coastal ecosystems.
  • In addition, the project will strive to:

  • Conduct water audits in 25% of Maltas households;
  • Reach 25% of Maltas school population every year;
  • Restore 23 ha of Maltas coastal wetland area;
  • Restore 30 ha of Maltas valley habitat (30ha); and
  • Develop 3 systems of sustainable urban drainage.

In addition to the IP budget itself the project will facilitate the coordinated use of 168 939 966 of complementary funding from ERDF, CF, EMFF, EAFRED, INTERREG, national and private funds, as applicable.



Environmental issues addressed:


Water - Water quality improvement
Water - River basin management
Water - Water scarcity and drought
Water - Water resources protection


water supply‚  water quality‚  management plan‚  water resources management‚  flood protection‚  water treatment‚  environmental awareness

Target EU Legislation

  • Water
  • Directive 2000/60 - Framework for Community action in the field of water policy (23.10.2000)
  • COM(2012)673 -"A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources"

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Energy and Water Agency
Type of organisation Public enterprise
Description The Malta Energy and Water Agency (EWA) is responsible for the formulation, evaluation, monitoring and implementation of national policies concerning the use of energy and water in a sustainable manner.
Partners Ministry for Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change (MESDC), Malta Environment and Resources Authority, Malta Water Services Corporation, Malta Ministry for Energy and Water Management – Energy and Projects, Malta Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Malta Ministry for Gozo , Malta L-Universita ta Malta Department of Geosciences Malta


Project reference LIFE16 IPE/MT/000008
Duration 01-JAN-2018 to 31-DEC -2025
Total budget 17,000,000.00 €
EU contribution 10,200,000.00 €
Project location Malta(Malta)


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