SIMBIOTIC - Post-Secondary School students visit the Centre for Innovation Rural Sciences and Environmental Management
A group of Post-Secondary Students studying Geography and Environmental Studies from Sir M. A. Refalo, visited the Centre for Innovation Rural Sciences and Environmental Management (CIRSEM) at Xewkija. This visit was one of the activities related to the European Union project Simbiotic (Sicily-Malta Biogeographical Transboundary Insular Connectivity). The project proposes to strengthen planning and management and to serve as a pilot project for the restoration of degraded habitats in Gozo and of a system of south eastern Sicilian Natura 2000 protected coastal wetlands of primary natural and European community importance. In Gozo, the main aim is to rehabilitate natural stepping stones of Mediterranean maquis habitat in the islands agricultural landscape so as to enhance the ecological connectivity of the transboundary area.
The visit included presentations about the project and the actions being taken in Gozo. The group visited the area at the CIRSEM where habitat restoration is being practised. Later, before returning to school, the group visited Ta Lambert area at Xewkija which is included in the project together with it-Taksis and Ta' Ghammar.