Invest in Chadwick Lakes for tourism purposes

Project Description

The Chadwick Lakes project is a comprehensive initiative aimed at the conservation and promotion of Wied il Qlejgha (Chadwick Lakes) for tourism purposes. This project seeks to invest in both the natural and cultural resources of the site, with the primary objective being the regeneration and valorization of the valley. By transforming the current derelict state into a natural park, the project aims to restore valley biodiversity and the original profile of the area to enhance water storage capacity. Located near Mdina and Rabat, the project is strategically positioned to integrate with surrounding heritage sites and the forthcoming Water Conservation Awareness Centre at Rabat. The transformation of Chadwick Lakes into a recreational venue while preserving its ecological value entails various activities such as dredging works, removal of invasive vegetation, restoration of rubble walls, planting of new trees, and repurposing the historic Fiddien Box into an interpretation centre. Additionally, efforts are focused on water collection to prevent wastage and the removal of invasive alien species to create a more favorable environment for indigenous flora and fauna.

Objectives

  1. Regenerate and valorise the Chadwick Lakes area to create an innovative venue for natural heritage tourism.
  2. Restore valley biodiversity and the original valley profile to enhance water storage capacity.
  3. Integrate the Chadwick Lakes site with surrounding heritage sites and the forthcoming Water Conservation Awareness Centre at Rabat.
  4. Create recreational areas while conserving the ecological value of Chadwick Lakes.
  5. Remove waste and restore important characteristics of historic structures within the area.
  6. Establish a nature trail for public enjoyment and education about biodiversity.

Project Outcome

The Chadwick Lakes project has successfully transformed the once-abandoned valley into a vibrant hub for natural heritage tourism and recreational activities. Through meticulous restoration efforts, the valley’s biodiversity has been revitalized, and its water storage capacity enhanced. The integration of Chadwick Lakes with surrounding heritage sites and the Water Conservation Awareness Centre at Rabat has fostered a deeper appreciation for the area’s cultural and environmental significance. The removal of waste and invasive alien species has created a more conducive environment for indigenous flora and fauna to thrive. The establishment of interpretive facilities, such as the repurposed Fiddien Box, has facilitated public engagement and education on the valley’s history and biodiversity. Overall, the Chadwick Lakes project stands as a testament to the successful conservation and promotion of natural resources while simultaneously enhancing tourism opportunities and preserving ecological integrity.               

Project Duration

Starting date: January 2015

End Date: September 2020

Total Duration: 69 Months

Budget Allocated: € 4,999,722.54 between 1 project partners.

Energy and Water Agency (Malta): €4,999,722.54

 

External Website: https://chadwicklakes.mt/

 

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