An Underwater Trail in an MPA
Adi Associates, together with Ecoserv Ltd, have been awarded the tender for the setting up of an Underwater Trail in the Marine Protected Area (MPA) of Rdum Majjiesa to Ras ir-Raħeb in western Malta.
The project aims to set up Malta’s first underwater trail, which can become a pilot project for similar interventions in other marine areas. The trail will serve an educational purpose, providing interesting information on the underwater features to interested snorkelers and SCUBA divers.
The MPA is designated as a Site of Community Interest (SCI) under the EU Habitats Directive. This was the first Maltese marine area to form part of the Natura 2000 Network. Apart from hosting various natural habitats and species, this MPA is also popular for recreational activities including swimming, diving and snorkelling. Diving activities, including snorkelling, need to be directed away from particularly sensitive areas to other, more resilient areas which still offer an interesting underwater experience. This will minimise the impacts on the marine environment.
This project is an initiative of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority and is financed by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) at a co-financing rate of 85% EU Funds; 15% National Funds.
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