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The ReNature Nature-Based Solutions Compendium

The ReNature open-source compendium contains data on nature-based solutions in Malta. It is open for use by everyone, especially policymakers, designers, planners, and citizens, who want to identify the nature-based solutions that are in place in Malta.

Use the Search & Filter Box to identify case-studies based on your interests. The map will be updated to visualise the results of your search whilst a list of relevant projects is provided in the space below the map. Click on the title of the projects for further information.

This list is always evolving, and we welcome additions and suggestions at ecology@mcast.edu.mt. Happy browsing!

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Tree planting project in Blata l-Bajda, Ħamrun and Lija

During this project trees have been planted in schools located in Malta's main urban centre by hundreds of volunteers, teachers and young students.

Tree planting project in Blata l-Bajda, Ħamrun and Lija

During this project trees have been planted in schools located in Malta's main urban centre by hundreds of volunteers, teachers and young students.

Establishing Nature and Heritage Parks in Malta's Grand Harbour areas for nature-based tourism and education

The park promotes ecotourism and nature-based tourism is promoted through the organisation of nature walks and trekking in the surrounding areas. The park experience promotes health and well-being, since visitors can enjoy physical, psychological and spiritual benefit by being closer to nature. Moreover, the planting of trees in the Park helps to mitigate the effects of climate change. (Nature Trust Malta, 2019a, 2019b).

Establishing Nature and Heritage Parks in Malta's Grand Harbour areas for nature-based tourism and education

The park promotes ecotourism and nature-based tourism is promoted through the organisation of nature walks and trekking in the surrounding areas. The park experience promotes health and well-being, since visitors can enjoy physical, psychological and spiritual benefit by being closer to nature. Moreover, the planting of trees in the Park helps to mitigate the effects of climate change. (Nature Trust Malta, 2019a, 2019b).

Establishing an experimental green roof in association with a greywater recycling system

Combined Greywater Recycling System & Pilot Green Roof Application. The objectives of this project were to recycle grey water for the irrigation of the green roof during the dry months, and to test the potential use of Maltese indigenous plants in a pilot green roof application.

Providing nature-based recreation, tourism and access to cultural heritage whilst protecting and conserving natural heritage

Providing nature-based recreation, tourism and access to cultural heritage whilst protecting and conserving natural heritage. An ecological restoration project is taking place below Manikata in an attempt to reverse the widespread damage and disturbance caused by years of illegal dumping. Native trees, shrubs and smaller plants are being planted and taken care of in the area after an extensive cleaning effort. Over 1300 plants were planted including: Olives, Sandarac Gum Tree, Evergreen oak, Carob, Lentisk, Wolfbane, Myrtle, Rockrose, Golden Samphire. Protect a number of historical and archaeological sites. The park aims to provide a space to encourage an active lifestyle while becoming aware of the natural heritage of the area. Educational school visits are held during the cooler months while summer sees more of a focus on the coast with guided snorkelling sessions offered at the beautiful sandy beach of Golden Bay which has been designated as Beach of Quality according to international Blue Flag criteria. (Il-Majjistral, 2019).

Providing forage for honey bees and sustainable management of surface water

Provision of wildflower for pollinators and wild bees and honey bees, and for the production of honey. Water falling within the premises is also directed to watercourses valleys and/or reservoirs that recharge the groundwater bodies.

Constructing a demonstration green roof

Setting up of 2 green roofs for study and demonstrative purposes using methods of construction most suitable for the southern Mediterranean climate. (LifeMedGreenRoof Project, (s.a.).

Transforming spaces into gardens

The setting up of a demonstration green wall and the transformation of an urban space into a community garden where people will come together to learn to grow their crops and herbs. This project aims to develop a sense of ownership and belonging for all stakeholders and positively contribute to the therapeutic needs of these Maltese communities.

A community-driven afforestation project

A total of 1038 shrubs and trees have been planted throughout the Island, and activities have been organised to help combat the spread of invasive alien species, and Educational activities were held around the Islands, including visits to schools to educate children on related environmental issues. Seeds of indigenous flora are being collected in order to assemble a gene bank, and all extra seeds distributed free of charge to members. A nursery has been set up containing more than 1,000 saplings spanning over 30 species, as well as an apiary on a specially chosen site. (The Grow 10 Trees Project, (s.a.).

Reforestation at is-Salina Nature Reserve

Reforestation and habitat restoration project carried out at is-Salina.

Increasing biodiverity in Wied Musa through the planting of indigenous trees and shrubs

Increasing biodiversity in the Wied Musa valley through the planting of indigenous trees and shrubs.

LIFE+ Life Saving Buskett: Ecological restoration of valley watercourse and other habitats at Buskett

Removal of alien species that are competing with native species; planting of new trees characteristic of the targeted habitats; the introduction of soil stabilisation measures; restoration of footpaths to reduce damage from random trampling by visitors; the retaining walls and arched buttresses along the watercourse have been repaired, restored and/or rebuilt; selective removal of silt and boulders from parts of the watercourse that are affecting negatively the targeted habitats. (The Life Saving Buskett, 2018).

Planting of a variety of trees and shrubs at the Marsascala Family Park and the Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park

The Sant'Antnin Family Park is intended as a leisure area for both local and foreign visitors. In addition to the recreational park, works have also included the restoration of St. Anthony’s Chapel and the construction of a visitor centre, which serves as an education centre on waste management. Visitors can observe, interact and take pictures of our animals at their leisure. In addition, depending on the season, one might also have a glimpse of newborns huddled against their mothers. Our pens include: pygmy goats, sheep, goats, a llama, chickens and a horse. (Ambjent Malta, (s.a.).

Planting of a variety of trees and shrubs at the Marsascala Family Park and the Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park

The Sant'Antnin Family Park is intended as a leisure area for both local and foreign visitors. In addition to the recreational park, works have also included the restoration of St. Anthony’s Chapel and the construction of a visitor centre, which serves as an education centre on waste management. Visitors can observe, interact and take pictures of our animals at their leisure. In addition, depending on the season, one might also have a glimpse of newborns huddled against their mothers. Our pens include: pygmy goats, sheep, goats, a llama, chickens and a horse. (Ambjent Malta, (s.a.).

Ecological restoration of abandoned land in the Swatar urban area

Ecological restoration of abandoned land in an urban area in Swatar. More than 230 shrubs from a total of 8 species were planted during this restoration project.

Ecological restoration of Wied Ħesri

Habitat restoration of the valley banks, removal of litter, removal of invasive alien species and planting of indigenous riparian trees and shrubs. A total of nearly 600 shrubs and 3 species were planted within the valley during this restoration project.

Ecological restoration of Wied iċ-Ċawsli

Habitat restoration of the valley banks, removal of litter, removal of invasive alien species and planting of indigenous riparian trees and shrubs. A total of around 400 shrubs and 6 species were planted within the valley during this restoration project.

Ecological restoration of Wied il-Kbir

Habitat restoration of the valley banks, removal of litter, removal of invasive alien species and planting of indigenous riparian trees and shrubs. A total of 200 shrubs and 4 species were planted within the valley during this restoration project.

Habitat restoration of maquis and woodland habitats in Comino

This project aims to carry out habitat restoration of specific sites located in the central west part of the island of Comino. The sites restored have a total area of 5,600 m2 and cover a distance of 1,759 m. Around 4,500 trees and shrubs are expected to be planted depending on the terrain but planting is only taking place in abandone fields and trampled areas (ERA, 2019).

Removal of invasive alien species and habitat restoration of the area surrounding Fort Madliena

Removal of invasive alien species and planting of indigenous trees and shrubs.

Planting of a variety of trees and shrubs at Ġnien il-Mediterran urban garden in Paola

The Sant'Antnin Family Park is intended as a leisure area for both local and foreign visitors. In addition to the recreational park, works have also included the restoration of St. Anthony’s Chapel and the construction of a visitor centre, which serves as an education centre on waste management. Visitors can observe, interact and take pictures of our animals at their leisure. In addition, depending on the season, one might also have a glimpse of newborns huddled against their mothers. Our pens include: pygmy goats, sheep, goats, a llama, chickens and a horse. (Ambjent Malta, (s.a.).

Regeneration of the Ġnien l-Għarusa tal-Mosta public garden and planting of a wide variety of trees and shrubs

More than 2,200 trees and shrubs have been planted, 4,300 metres squared of paving was laid, the facilities, paths and passageway were restored and safety features were installed.

A roof garden as a community green space in Valletta urban area

A roof garden has been set up on the main building of the Cluster, which will include various features including a small pond and a lot of green spaces with mainly indigenous shrubs and trees. It will also be used to promote green initiatives linked to environmental education through the installation of facilities suitable for holding meetings for small groups of participants. (Valletta Design Cluster, (s.a.).

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