Client: Malta Tourism Authority
Start / Finish Dates: February to April 2014
Adi Associates prepared an Environmental Statement to describe a minor extension to the sandy beach at St George’s Bay, St Julian’s. The project involved redistributing the existing sand in order to widen the beach close to the originally approved width. The project also aimed to add more sand to raise the level of the sand across the beach and to provide more material to maintain the beach as close to the originally permitted width as possible over the coming years.
The Environmental Statement gave an overview of the site history, including previous planning applications and beach replenishment activities. It also described the beach replenishment procedure, which includes shipping of sand having strict specifications from a quarry in Jordan. The environmental impacts identified in the Environmental Impact Assessment carried out for the first beach replenishment exercise in 2001 were also compared to monitoring data collected as part of the approved Environmental Monitoring Plan for the site, and the potential impacts arising from the proposed beach replenishment exercise were consequently also identified. The Environmental Statement also recommended ongoing monitoring of the benthic assemblages in the
bay to determine their status before and after this exercise.
The project was approved by MEPA in November 2014.