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.  The WFD requires a specific consultation exercise focusing on the identification of Significant Water Management Issues in preparation for the development of the draft 3rd RBMP.

This consultation exercise will be open for a period of six months and the main consultation tool for this exercise is an online questionnaire available within the report identifying the key Significant Water Management Issues, which report is available for download here. Stakeholders are encouraged to read and submit their feedback on the identified issues online. The direct link to the online questionnaire is also being made available here.

Alternatively if you are unable to access the online questionnaire, you can send your feedback by email to water-energywateragency@gov.mt or in writing to EWA at:

Water Framework Directive Consultation

Energy and Water Agency

WSC Head Office

Qormi Road

Luqa LQA 9043

Implementation of Malta’s 2nd River Basin Management Plan

The 2nd River Basin Management Plan (2nd RBMP) 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 RBMP 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 RBMP (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 2nd Flood Risk Management Plan

The EU through the Floods Directive (2007/60/EC) entrusted all Member States, and therefore Malta, to assess and manage the flood risk by means of the production of flood risk management plans aiming at the reduction of the adverse consequences for human health, the environment, cultural heritage and economic activity associated with different flood scenarios.

In order to achieve this important objective, each Member State updates  the flood risk management plans for each river basin district (RBD) every 6 years initially through the development of the Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) and subsequently through the Flood Hazard Maps (FHM) and Flood Risk Maps (FRM).

The PFRA, available here, is the initial step in the development of the 2nd FRMP. The objective of this PFRA is to identify Areas with Potentially Significant Flood Risk (APSFR), namely areas within the country where the risk of flooding is considered as significant. These areas have been identified by considering available or readily derivable information, such as records and studies on recent and long-term developments, floods which have occurred during the last planning cycle and also the impact of climate change on the occurrence of floods.

Subsequently, this PFRA will enable the production of FHMs and FRMs in order to identify the extent and risks of floods within specific areas. The FHMs and FRMs will then guide the development of measures for risk aversion within Malta’s 2nd FRMP.

The implementation of the Floods Directive is coupled with a process of public consultation. Interested stakeholders are therefore invited to submit their comments on the identified potentially significant flood risk areas in the PFRA by email to water-energywateragency@gov.mt or in writing to EWA at:

Floods Directive Consultation

Energy and Water Agency

WSC Head Office

Qormi Road

Luqa LQA 9043

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