Integrated River Basin Management

Implementing the Water Framework Directive

 

To address the environmental objectives set out by the EU’s Water Framework Directive (WFD), the Energy & Water Agency, together with the Environment and Resources Authority, has published the 3rd River Basin Management Plan (3rd RBMP).

Malta’s 3rd RBMP provides a status assessment of inland and coastal waters in the Maltese Islands and identifies the measures necessary to ensure the achievement of good conditions in these water bodies.

The 3rd RBMP also includes a programme of measures to address the country’s water management, with specific focus on the significant water management issues which characterise Malta’s water sector.

The development and implementation of the River Basin Management Plans involved extensive stakeholder consultation both throughout its development and implementation process. Following the closure of the public consultation period on the 18th March 2024, the finalised version of the 3rd RBMP is available here

Documents

Public Consultation Submissions and responses

Technical Document in support of the 3rd River Basin Management Plan – Monitoring Results for the Groundwater Quantitative Status Assessment

Implementing the Floods Directive

Through the Floods Directive, the EU entrusts all member states to assess and manage their flood risk. This is to be achieved by producing flood risk management plans to reduce the adverse consequences of flooding on human health, the environment, cultural heritage, and economic activity.

Member states are required to update their flood risk management plans for each river basin district every six years, initially through the development of a Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) and, subsequently, through Flood Hazard Maps (FHM) and Flood Risk Maps (FRM).

Malta’s updated PFRA is the initial step in developing its 2nd Flood Risk Management Plan (FRMP). The PFRA identifies Areas with Potentially Significant Flood Risk (APSFR) through examining records and studies on recent and long-term developments, floods that have occurred during the last planning cycle, and the impact of climate change. Click here to download the PFRA.

The updated PFRA has enabled the development of updated FHMs and FRMs that identify the risk of floods in specific areas. The technical report detailing the approach adopted to develop these maps is available here.

The FHMs and FRMs helped guide the development of measures for risk aversion within Malta’s 2nd FRMP. Following the closure of the public consultation period on the 13th November 2023, the final version of this management plan is available for download from this link.

The complete collection of Flood Hazard and Flood Risk Maps produced under the 2nd cycle of the Floods Directive are available in this link.

The implementation of the Floods Directive is also supported through an ongoing process of public consultation. Therefore, interested stakeholders who would like to provide their feedback are invited to submit their comments on the key deliverables of the Floods Directive, including the identified potentially significant flood risk areas, the Flood Hazard and Risk Maps and the 2nd FRMP to water-energywateragency@gov.mt.

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