Consultation on the Significant Water Management Issues in preparation for Malta’s 3rd River Basin Management Plan
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.
The process leading to the formulation of this management plan includes an extensive stakeholder consultation process, in order to ensure that this plan takes due consideration of the stakeholders’ expectations for Malta’s national water environment. In preparation for the development of the draft 3rd RBMP, the WFD requires specific consultation exercises focusing on the timetable for the formulation of Malta’s 3rd River Basin Management Plan and the identification of Significant Water Management Issues.
Each of these consultation exercises was open for a period of six months whereby the general public and key stakeholders were encourages to submit their feedback either through focused meetings or online. The report identifying the key Significant Water Management Issues, which report is available for download here, encouraged stakeholders to read and submit their feedback on the identified issues online. The feedback received from these consultation exercises is assisting in the drafting of the 3rd River Basin Management Plan.