More projects from NGOs under the eco-Gozo scheme
Initiatives in favour of rain water conservation in Gozo coordinated by Għaqda Mużikali San Girgor are benefitting from a grant of €50,000 under the eco-Gozo scheme for Non Governmental Organisations related to the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012. This means that this organisation will benefit from the maximum grant allocated to each organisation under this scheme.
L-Għaqda Mużikali San Girgor will utilise these funds 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 rain water for agricultural purposes. As part of this initiative, educational material on best practices on water conservation will be distributed.
The Ministry for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono praised this organisation for embarking on this initiative and also mentioned other similar initiatives undertaken by various organisations and Local Councils under these schemes. She explained that the building of this reservoir translates into greater rain water storage capacity during the winter months. The Minister Debono also stated that the responsible use of water is essential for the Government’s efforts for a sustainable future which will transform Gozo into an ecological island. She also mentioned that in the last weeks, the Ministry resumed the cleaning of various water dams found in different valleys in Gozo.
With the two eco-Gozo schemes, one for Non Governmental Organisations and the other for Local Councils, a total of 51 projects are being implemented, with a total financial aid of around €1.9million.
Other projects currently being implemented through these schemes include :the building of rubble walls, training courses, studies, educational and information publications, initiatives related to the promotion and protection of the maritime environment and various educational campaigns amongst which one which kicked off this summer on health and safety at sea, especially amongst children.
28. 09. 2011