Implementation of Malta’s 2nd Water Catchment Management Plan

The Water Catchment Management Plan (WCMP) addresses the environmental objectives set out by the WFD based on economic principles of cost recovery and social considerations via stakeholder consultation. Malta’s 2nd WCMP includes a programme of measures developed to address Malta’s significant water management measures, thus providing a tangible implementation framework to ensure the achievement of the WFD’s environmental objectives for the water sector by 2021.

Malta’s 2nd WCMP (click here to download) includes focused management plans for extreme events including the Drought Risk Management Plan and the Flood Risk Management Plan, for which an extract can be downloaded from the following link: Management Plan for Extreme Events. Malta’ Hazard and Risk Maps can be downloaded from these links: Hazard Maps & Risk Maps. The Flood Risk Management Plan is based on the conclusions of the preliminary flood risk assessment, the flood hazard maps and flood risk maps.

Development of Malta’s 3rd Water Catchment Management Plan

Timetable for the formulation of Malta’s 3rd Water Catchment 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.   In addition, the EU Floods Directive also requires the development of the 2nd Flood Risk Management Plan (2nd FRMP) which will need to be finalised by the same date. The 2nd FRMP focuses on the reduction of adverse risks to human health, the environment, cultural heritage and economic activity resulting from significant flooding events.

The process leading to the formulation of these two management plans includes an extensive stakeholder consultation process, in order to ensure that these plans take due consideration of stakeholders’ expectations for the national water environment.  The Directive requires three specific consultation phases focusing on the timetable for the formulation of the plans, the identification of Significant Water Management Issues and the Draft Plans. Each consultation phase will have a duration of six months.

The main consultation tool throughout each of the three phases of consultation will be web-based and undertaken through the official Government consultation portal: www.konsultazzjoni.gov.mt, where stakeholders will have the opportunity to send their written comments to a dedicated consultation e-mail managed by the Energy and Water Agency.  The consultation process will also be supported by thematic conferences and workshops to enable a direct discussion with stakeholders.

In line with the implementation timeline of the 3rd RBMP and 2nd FRMP, the Energy and Water Agency and the Environment and Resources Authority have developed the timetable for the formulation of the 3rd RBMP and the 2nd FRMP. The timetable is presented hereunder and interested stakeholders are invited to send their submissions on the proposed timetable by the 28th June 2019 on:

By E-mail:            water-energywateragency@gov.mt

By Post:

Water Framework Directive Consultation

Energy and Water Agency

WSC Head Office

Qormi Road

Luqa LQA9043