Environment

Cleaner and Greener Gozo campaign
The Ministry for Gozo, in collaboration with the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) has embarked on a campaign entitled Cleaner and Greener Gozo.  This scheme is offering the opportunity to people who are currently unemployed to gain new working experience whilst also encouraging more persons to take care of the Gozitan environment.  As part of the campaign, a number of NGOs, schools, diving centers and businesses have also participated in this campaign. For more information, please...
Renewable energy project at Ta-Cawla Social Housing Estate
This project will include the installation of 265 solar panels on various apartment roofs at the Tac-Cawla Housing Estate.  In total, 104.000 units of electricity will be generated each year, which are equivalent to the consumption of 28 families in a year.  This project contributes to the ecoGozo vision as it improves both the environmental and social aspect, as families will benefit from the renewable energy. For more information, please click here. ...
Hands on Farming Program
The Hands on Farming Program is intended to familiarise students with our local environment and with the Maltese farming industry. Students attend the Xewkija Experimental Farm for a half day visit, during which they are given information on the work carried out on the farm. Students are welcomed and introduced to the programme by the teachers in-charge. First they follow an interactive lecture on local environment and its protection. Subjects covered include; Soil conservation, types of...
Increased use of sustainable energy at the Ministry for Gozo
From January to June 2012, the photovoltaic panels system installed on the Ministry for Gozo roofs have generated around 40,000 units of electricity.  With this installation, the Ministry is generating around 30% of all the energy demand from all the departments, offices and other sections operating within this administrative building or the equivalent energy consumption of 20 families in a year. This is the result of an initiative taken by the Ministry for Gozo some years...
New garden in Marsalforn
Three Hills Garden in Marsalforn is one of four afforestation projects with regards to the implementation of the action plan related to the eco-Gozo vision. This resulted in the planting of more trees, the embellishment of related areas and more recreational spaces for families. The Marsalforn project is being coordinated by the Ministry for Gozo while trees are sponsored by Magro Brothers Foods Ltd, as part of its activities marking the seventieth anniversary since the...
ALTER AQUA: Non Conventional Water Resources Programme in Malta
The Alter Aqua - Non Conventional Water Resources Programme in Malta is a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at mobilising Non Conventional Water Resources (NCWR) to increase water availability in a sustainable, cost-effective way and promote a new water culture, at both a local and a national level. The Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean, the Ministry for Energy and Health, the Ministry for Gozo and the Eco-Gozo Project, as well as The Coca-Cola Foundation and The General Soft...
Restoring, embellishing and creating new public spaces in Gozo
Gozo is renowned for its greenery. It has always been the Ministry’s aim to increase green recreational areas and improve the existing ones. Over the past years, various works to this effect were accomplished, offering families more public places to enjoy. The extensive upgrading of Villa Rundle Gardens [Victoria], the creation of the Three Hills Garden [Marsalforn], the afforestation project at Mgarr Harbour Grove [Ghajnsielem], the embellishment of Id-Dahla tac-Cnus area [Sannat] have resulted in...
Restoration and Construction of missing rubble walls
This project involves the reconstruction and restoration of rubble walls at Triq iz-Zebbug and Triq ir-Rabat.  This project by Zebbug Local Council was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo 2nd scheme for Local Councils....
Embellishment of Ġnien ta’ Blankas Olive Grove at Imġarr ix-Xini Heights
The area where the project will be implemented is of high natural and landscape value, as it is located on the boundary of Mgarr ix-Xini Valley.  Through this project it will be possible to upgrade and restore the 2.5 ha olive grove and endow it with adequate infrastructures to inform and accommodate tourists as well as residents who wish to enjoy the Gozitan countryside.  The link between agriculture, landscape and tourism will be facilitated through...
Upgrading of Victoria playing field
This project involves the renovation of the Victoria Playing Field.  Works will include constructing a new concrete sub-base which will serve to house the new electrical layout, installing an energy efficient lighting system, constructing new boundary walls, planting additional trees, installing a water irrigation system, installing a Wi-Fi system, and rendering the site completely accessible to all.  The project also includes the provision of a free Wi-Fi service in various open spaces in Victoria. This project by...
Pedestrianisation of open space at Triq Skerla
The aim of this project is to create a small pedestrian and recreational area which at present is a derelict site. This project by Sannat Local Council was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo 2nd scheme for Local Councils. The project will also include changing of the public lighting of this open space to energy efficient lighting and installing street furniture such as benches and bicycle bollards....
San Lawrenz underground recycled waste system
The San Lawrenz Local Council is proposing an underground recycled-waste system underneath a public street.  This will encourage the selective collection and recovery of packaging for subsequent recycling and does away with smells and the storage of waste at street level.  Consequently, the use of such system will eliminate the negative visual impact on the urban landscape. This project by San Lawrrenz Local Council was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo 2nd scheme...
KCM the community centre
This project involves the installation of energy saving lighting systems for the new Civic Centre in Ta' Kercem which incorporates the administration offices of the Local Council, the police station, the library and the clinic. This project by Kercem Local Council was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo 2nd scheme for Local Councils....
Reconstruction of Ghajn tal-Hasselin, cleaning of Simirat Valley and purchase of eco truck
`This project involves the reconstruction of Għajn tal-Ħasselin monument and the formation of a roof belvedere, the top of which may be accessed from the existing stepped passageway. The Għajnsielem Local Council is also proposing to clean Simirat valley starting from the proximity of Triq Borg Għarib, through the first stretch of buildings of Triq Simirat and ending in an underground tunnel which passes through Pjazza tad-Dehra and conveys the water into the valley passing...
Clearing of watercourse from accumulated debris and reinstatement of dry stone wall
This project proposed by the Fontana Local Council aims to clear the 'Wied tax-Xlendi' watercourse from dumped waste material, compacted sediment and the reinstatement of existing dry stone wall.  The purpose of the clean up is to retain more rainwater rather than having it flow into the sea.   This would be of benefit to farmers thus making them less reliant on ground water extraction, which depletes the water table. This project was eligible for 95% of...
Bins for recycled paper for more than 2300 Gozitan students
Cardboard waste bins for paper recycling were distributed to all 2300 students attending primary schools in Gozo which will be present in each class.  The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo launched the bins during an activity held at Kercem Primary school on the occasion of the World Environment Day when this initiative was launched. These paper recycling containers are designed specifically for children, which can also be coloured.  Kikku, childrens voice for ecoGozo, was also...
A new music video launched: Ma’ Kikku għal eko-Għawdex
Thoughts expressed by children during the consultation period related to ecoGozo were gathered and composed in a song named Ma Kikku g'al ekoG'awdex.  As the title states, Kikku along with Gozitan children are portraying positive messages regarding the environment, good healthy practices, seperation of waste, use of alternative energy, afforestation projects and the importance of primary education. Ma Kikku g'al eko-G'awdex was launched during an activity held at the Xewkija primary school where the Hon....
Id-djarju ta' Kikku launched
Mid-djarju ta' Kikku was launched during the World Book Day during an activity held at the Gozo College Victoria Primary School.   This diary includes a narration of all Kikku's activities, in particular those in relation with culture and the environment. In his diary, Kikku shows his efforts in living in a sustainable way while also learning some of the old traditional games. This diary was written by Christabel Attard, paintings were produced by Marvic Spiteri,...
SAVE and REDUCE: Eco-Gozo Home Consultancy Visits
The project aims to inform the Gozitan community on how to reduce the carbon and water footprints of their household or holding and to encourage appropriate waste management practices. The project is a joint venture with the Institute for Sustainable Energy within the University of Malta. The scope of the project, is to provide consultancy visits to all households in Gozo. Officers in charge of this project have been trained to provide advice to families...
Valley cleaning program
The cleaning and maintenance program of water catchment areas is an extensive project which is contributing to the meeting of high standards of sustainable development in Gozo. Through this project, the facilities to store rain water during the winter months were increased, thus less water will be lost at sea. This cleaning is also beneficial for the agricultural sector as farmers will exert less pressure on the water-table. This valley-cleaning program for the year 2011 included...
Public transport reform
This reform has brought about a change in the service provided for commuters, while also reducing emissions.  In recent years, the number of persons using public transport was on the decline while people using their private vehicles was on the increase.  One of the purposes of this reform was to increase the patronage of public transport.  The engines of the new fleets will be Euro V Engines that are energy efficient, thus reducing CO2 emissions....
Extension of afforestation at Pope John XXIII Park, Mgarr
The Afforestation  and Restoration Ecology Project at the site known as Ta't Chambray in Gozo is taking shape, with the tree planting project on the site now completed. An area of 11,000 sq metres designated for afforestation, resulted in the planting of 2,300 new trees and shrubs. The Mgarr Harbour Grove will now cover 45,000 sq metres of land in this area. Apart from the aesthetic benefits, this recreational grove will also help to prevent soil erosion...
Coastal waters monitoring project in Gozo
Dwejra and Mgarr ix-Xini are now established as new marine protected areas by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, MEPA.  Other areas were also established in Malta, for a total of 18,000 hectares of the Maltese marine environment. The sites, which include a significant stretch of area along the North East of the Islands and three smaller areas at Mgarr ix-Xini, Dwejra and an area between Ghar Lapsi and Filfla, are being protected to preserve...
Embellishment and regeneration of Villa Rundle garden
The regeneration of the Villa Rundle garden will provide recreational facilities and an open space for families.  This project includes the removal of old structures and concrete passages. A new reservoir was built in order to retain rainwater which will then be used for the watering of plants in the Villa Rundle Garden.  The project also incorporates a playing area, a visitors’ centre and an area dedicated to open-air activities.  The European Regional Development Fund...
Launch of the electric car
The Ministry for Gozo launched the use of an electric car as one of the environmental friendly measures implemented by the Ministry for Gozo. This initiative is in line with the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2102.  The electric car, small in size and fully automatic, is a good eco-friendly alternative to cars operated by diesel or petrol.  It is charged from an electric charging station placed within the building of the Ministry for Gozo. For more information,...
Training courses for operators in the agri-food industry in Gozo
An intensive course on good agricultural practices and European standards and regulations related to the production of food derived from agricultural products was held in Gozo. This course was aimed for all those producing agricultural products which are subsequently used for the production of wine and other food products, as well as for all those operators involved in the processing of various products in the agri-food industry. These training courses were organised by the Maltese...
Centre of Research, Development and Innovation in Agriculture
Infrastructural works carried out at the Government Farm in Xewkija, aimed at developing the site in a Centre of Research, Development and Innovation in Agriculture as part of the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012.  This project is being carried out by the Ministry for Gozo in collaboration with the University of Malta. Around half a million euro were invested in new administrative space and other facilities in connection with this centre.  Other works include the building of...
Positive discrimination for Gozo on the Feed-in-Tariff  scheme
The purpose of this scheme was to encourage persons installing photovoltaic panels on their rooftops.  The main aim was to support green initiatives that help to reduce dependency on fossil fuel and install renewable energy resources.  All Gozitans applying for this scheme benefited from €0.28 for each unit produced if they are connected with the national grid.  ...
Energy efficiency and energy audits
Twelve energy audits in government premises, amongst which is the Administrative Centre in Victoria where most of the Government offices and the Ministry for Gozo are found, were conducted.  In the coming months, energy audits will be conducted in all government schools.  The Ministry for Gozo is also working to increase the number of photovoltaic panels from where it is operating. ...
New Marine Protected Areas in Gozo
Dwejra and Mgarr ix-Xini are now established as new marine protected areas by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, MEPA.  Other areas were also established in Malta, for a total of 18,000 hectares of the Maltese marine environment. The sites, which include a significant stretch of area along the North East of the Islands and three smaller areas at Mgarr ix-Xini, Dwejra and an area between Ghar Lapsi and Filfla, are being protected to preserve...
Restoration of wind-powered water pumps
On 5th June 2010, the Ministry for Gozo launched a second scheme for the restoration of wind-powered water pumps.  Through the first scheme held in 2009, the Ministry for Gozo supported the restoration of a total of nineteen wind-powered water pumps. Persons eligible for this scheme were Gozo-residing owners of wind pumps who are either owners of agricultural or agri-tourism land or registered farmers.  This scheme was also extended to those who are not registered as farmers and whose...
Course on the use of pesticides
Around 150 Gozitan farmers and members of the public attended a series of awareness courses on the use and handling of pesticides and other chemicals in agriculture. Following the interest registered by the public, it is expected that these courses will be followed up with more extensive information courses on related topics. ...
International conference on Organic agriculture and eco-Gozo
The Ministry for Gozo, in collaboration of the Maltese Organic Agriculture Movement organised an international conference entitled “Organic agriculture and eco-Gozo – A world of challenges, opportunities and innovation”.  This conference was held during the meeting of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.  The objective of the conference was to inform participants about how agriculture forms one of the most important pillars of an ecological island.  Also new European policies regarding organic agriculture were...
Partnering for Water Conservation in Gozo
The Coca-Cola Company, via its international philanthropic leg The Coca-Cola Foundation, has awarded a grant of $800,000 to a Water Stewardship program under the Eco Gozo project. The program will be implemented by The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and its local bottling partner, The General Soft Drinks Co Ltd (GSD), in partnership with the Ministry for Gozo and the international NGO Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med), which will also be leading the administration of the...
Defeating obesity by sports
The printing and distribution of the booklet Defeating obesity by Sports aimed to create more awareness amongst the Gozitan population, especially children.  This booklet was distributed to every household in Gozo with the aim of encouraging people to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  This booklet is of interest not only to children and youths but to the whole Gozitan society so as to encourage more physical exercise which plays a very important role in decreasing and preventing...
SIMBIOTIC Project
SIMBIOTIC (Sicily-Malta BIOgeographical Transboundary Insular Connectivity). SIMBIOTIC is an environmental restoration project aiming at enhancing the ecological connectivity of the South East Sicily-Gozo transboundary migratory route through ecological restoration, improved area management, integrated environmental planning and policy and enhanced local environmental consciousness. This project was launched in May and is co-financed by the European Union under the Italia-Malta 2007-2013 territorial cooperation program.  Other partners in the project include the Botany Department of the University of Catania...
Water Reservoir at Gozo Stadium
The project by the Gozo Football Club and Gozo Football Association comprised the building of two water reservoirs at the Gozo Stadium to collect rainwater that will be further used to cater for the needs of the Gozo Stadium.  This reduced the consumption of water from the borehole drastically.  This project, with a number of other projects, helped in the increase of rainwater storage and in the decrease of ground water extraction. This project...
Building of a Water reservoir as part of a Cultural Centre
‘L-Għaqda Mużikali San Girgor’ utilised funds from the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs for the building of a water reserviour with a capacity of 140 cubic metres, beneath the organisation’s cultural centre. Around 10% of this collected water will be utilised for the daily running of the centre, while the remaining water can be used by Kercem Primary School, Kercem Local Council and Kercem Ajax FC.  Moreover, farmers can also benefit from this harvested rainwater for...
Small community actors can also contribute to eco-Gozo by saving energy
This project consisted of the conversion of the lighting system at the Munxar Parish Centre which includes classrooms, the hall and stage lights into LED technology.  This resulted in consuming around 20% of what is presently consumed by conventional lighting installed within the premises, therefore resulting in around 80% energy saving. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs....
Integrating and supporting youth in a sustainable environment
As the Don Bosco Oratory is a main hub for the young generation in Gozo, and is moreover used as well by various other organisations, improving and supporting this institution means investing in Gozo’s future generation.  The main focus of this project is the conversion of all conventional lighting in the main building to energy saving lighting.  This helped in the reduction of the carbon footprint of this building.  The other objective was to increase...
eco-friendly lighting systems
The project at Gharb rangers club incorporated the installation of eco-friendly lighting systems and the generation of reused water in to quality water.  These works were carried out in the existing sports centre found adjacent to the football ground located at Tumas Cassar Street. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs....
Energy Saving on Electricity Consumption
As part of its commitment to a cleaner air, the Arka Founation has replaced a 40-year-old generator that used to generate a lot of noise pollution and air pollution with a new silent type generator which will produce at least 15dB (A) less than the existing one.  Another part of the project was the changing of light fittings into energy-efficient ones, saving around 8354 watts per hour. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding...
Implementation of Eco-Friendly Measures
The Victoria Scout Group has implemented several eco-friendly measures within its own headquarters in order to provide a tangible example to youths affiliated with the group.  These projects included the building of a water reservoir to store a supply to be used as second class water and the introduction of recycling. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs. For more information, please click here.  ...
Installation of LED floodlighting in pitches
The installation of LED floodlighting in pitches was the project implemented by Munxar Falcons Football Club  club.  An approximate of 4kgs of CO² every hour will be saved with the installation of the new light fixtures when lights are switched on. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs.  ...
Conservation and upgrading of rural heritage in Xagħra
The construction and conservation of circa 1036 metres of rubble walls were carried out by the Xagħra Local Council which will greatly contribute to reduce soil erosion. These include the re-construction and restoration of rubble walls in Sellum Street and San Marzjan Street.  Since the project is situated in areas of high prominence, this will give an added natural value to the village. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo scheme...
Rural recreation area and afforestation project at id-Daħla taċ-Ċnus
Through this project, the area at id-Daħla taċ-Ċnus in Sannat Gozo which currently consists exclusively of a gravelled surface will be transformed into a rural recreational area.  This is a prominent location being the key access to Ta' Ċenċ Cliffs and a popular countryside walk visited by several locals and tourists alike. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo scheme for Local Councils....
Restoration of valley through rubble wall building and cleaning of seasonal water course at Triq Wied Bingemma
Through this project 1700sq metres of rubble walls will be restored or rebuilt. This will help to counter soil erosion through which soil is washed away with rain, clogging the seasonal watercourse in the vicinity, thus affecting biodiversity in the area.  The cleaning of the watercourse from silt and dumped material will re-establish the natural environment within the area. The cleaning of this valley meant that less silt, soil and rainwater will flow downstream leading...
Restoration and Construction of Rubble walls
This project by the Marsalforn Administrative Committee involved the rebuilding and restoration of rubble walls in Marsalforn, a popular tourist site in Gozo.  This project apart from reducing soil erosion, will enhance the tourist product due to its strategic location. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo scheme for Local Councils....
Installation of decorative Energy Efficient Luminaries
Through this project the Fontana Local Council has provided energy-efficient lighting, whilst embellishing the area by the installation of decorative luminaries.  This project will serve as a good example for the residents, helping in the awareness of the use of energy-saving fixtures and equipment. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo scheme for Local Councils....
Upgrading of Boundary Wall, Pjazza l-Għejjun
The Fontana LC will rebuild the historical three arched structure known as "L-Għajn tal-Loġoġ" adjacent to the popular and visited "Għajn tal-Ħasselin" which area is highly visited by a number of tourists.  This will also be supported by the installation of a multilingual interpretation panel. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo scheme for Local Councils. For more information, please click here. ...
Restoration of Rubble Walls and Construction of Belveder
This project by the Santa Lucija Administrative Committee incorporated the rebuilding and restoration of rubble walls in Triq G'ajn Abdun and Triq G'ar Ilma; areas which are very popular amongst tourists and trekkers.  This project helped in the construction of a belvedere with seating space to provide a resting place for people passing through the area. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo scheme for Local Councils. For more information, please click here....
Towards an energy saving locality
Through this project, the Ker em Local Council has provided street energy efficient lighting in its efforts to decrease its carbon footprint.  This project also helped in the installation of decorative luminaries.  This project, as in other localities, may serve as a good example for the residents, helping in raising the awareness regarding the use of energy saving fixtures and equipment. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo scheme for Local Councils....
Rubble wall building - Restoring our fathers’ heritage
This project consisted of the rebuilding and restoration of rubble walls in various strategic areas of the village of Ta’ Kerċem.  The building and restoration of rubble walls include Xaghri Street, Xuxa Street, Santa Katerina tal-Qabbieża Street and il-Kalandrijiet Street. The rubble walls help to achieve a more defined and attractive edge to fields and will also continue to embellish these already beautiful surroundings, whilst also aid in reducing soil erosion.  Some of these streets...
Replacement of light fittings at MBC theatre to energy savings
This project involves the replacement of light fittings to energy saving lighting within the theatre of Mnarja Band Club. This project was eligible for 95% of its funding through the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs....
Sustaining Culture and Rain-water re-use and energy saving initiative at Santa Marija Band Club
This project consists of a number of measures aimed at rendering the premises as ecologically friendly as possible.  This will include the construction of a water reservoir, the installation of a number of LED energy saving lighting, the installation of double glazing apertures, and a lift installation so as to be accessible for all. This project was 95% financed through the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs. For more information, please click here....
Collection and re-use of rain water for households and agricultural purposes
This project by Grupp tal-boċċi Munxar aims at building a reservoir which can hold circa 400 cubic metres of rainwater and to install the necessary equipment to distribute the collected rainwater into the plumbing system and that it may also be used for agriculture purposes. This project was 95% financed through the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs....