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MT02/7: MALTA WATER CONSERVATION AWARENESS CENTRE

Programme area no. 1: Integrated Marine and Inland Water Management 
Project outcome: Increased awareness of and education in integrated marine and inland water management
Project promoter: Sustainable Energy and Water Conservation Unit, Ministry for Energy and Health (https://energy.gov.mt/en/Pages/sewcu.aspx​)
Project duration: 24 months (04.09.2015 – 30.04.2017)
Eligible project cost: €1,743,969 (EEA Grants: €948,574)

 
The main idea behind this project is to generate public awareness and appreciation of Malta’s scarce natural inland water resource. An information resource centre, which will be constructed as part of the project, will be a first for Malta and will serve as a platform to raise local awareness on the challenges facing the water sector in Malta and the need for its conservation and management. This hopes to instil a culture change towards water conservation at a national level.  

 
The harvesting of runoff rainwater will be one of the key elements of this project and water reservoirs will be constructed for this purpose. Other elements within and around the centre include a water conservation and geological walk-through with information points, the installation of hydrological monitoring equipment and photovoltaic panels, the construction of wetland to treat greywater, installation of digital e-content in the Centre’s digital walkthrough for use by the general public and school students, other on-demand information content, as well as the setting up of an audio visual space for the projection of audiovisual productions on water resources management. 

 
The activities of this Project shall be integrated within the National Water Conservation Campaign.

 
 

 
Update

 
The Sustainable Energy and Water Conservation Unit (SEWCU) within the Ministry for Energy and Health (Energy), has overtaken its role as project promoter of MT02/7 in March 2015. The project contract for MT02/7 was signed under the EEA Financial Mechanism on 4 September 2015.

 
9 March 2016 - The SEWCU has engaged itself in removing the soil from the site. The soil removal was concluded in a month. In the meantime, archaeological remains have been identified on site and this has entailed the need for further works related to the manual removal of soil in the archaeological sensitive points.
 
22 March 2016 - Project presented during World Water Day open weekend – with an info stand on the project.  A news item was also aired on national TV on the project, noting that following archaeological findings works are expected to start soon.  
 
April 2016 - The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage held investigations in relation to archaeological findings at the project site. These archaeological findings resulted in additional works on site which needed a commitment for additional funds at National level.
 


 
 
26 April 2016 – Tender for the construction of an information centre, surrounding open spaces and reservoirs, using environmentally sound wall panels where applicable was awarded to J. Micallef Builders Ltd.
 
16 May 2016 - A meeting on site was held with the contractor in which the contractor confirmed his intention of starting mobilization on site by end of May 2016.
 
 



25 July 2016- Agreement has been reached with WSC for road works to be undertaken by WSC Contractor (Philip Agius Ltd).
 
31 August 2016 – Hon. Dr Borg visited the Water Conservation Awareness Centre. He explained what the project consists of mainly the construction of reservoirs for the watering of trees and plants, the development of a recreational and educational  area for children that will incorporate archaeological findings in the area and an information centre on water conservation.  He reported that the project will be ready by end of April 2017. The press was present. This event served as a means of information to the general public on the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014 as well as on the new EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 Programme.


 
26 October 2016 - Sewcu is working on an MoU with Nature Trust and EkoSkola to define a future collaboration framework where NTM and EkoSkola will be supporting the pedagogic function of the centre (mainly through the organisation of educational visits for school children making use of the educational material of the centre for hands on educational activities). 
 17 November 2016 - Works being carried out on site and ready to start building the Centre itself.   Building of rubble walls is at an advanced stage. 
 



 

 
The inauguration of the Malta Water Awareness Centre was on Friday 21 April 2017 followed by an open weekend on 22nd and 23rd April. The attendance was a successful one with a registration of over 5000 persons visiting the site until 23 April 2017.
 
More information about the project shall be found on the facebook page Ghajn.
 
 
 
 
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