€1.6 million for ERA led marine environmental monitoring project

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€1.6 million for ERA led marine environmental monitoring project€1.6 million for a Marine environmental monitoring project led by ERA towards effective management of Malta’s marine waters.

The Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) is expected to absorb the full €1.6 million in public eligible funds (75% EU 25% MT), which were allocated under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) for 2014-2020 for the implementation of the marine monitoring programme.

The results of this project will contribute to effective management and sustainable use of marine resources, for the benefit of the environment and of all marine sectors.

Through this project, ERA said that it will also continue working towards achieving Good Environmental Status in marine waters. Due to the magnitude of this initiative, the total cost for the implementation of the monitoring programme is expected to reach approximately €3 million.

Marine waters are facing increasing pressures from human activities and this leads to the deterioration of the marine environment. Concrete data and information from the project will be used to develop better management practices to address these pressures. The project will also assist in the implementation of Malta’s obligations in the marine sector.

Miraine Rizzo, ERA officer and project leader, stated that “ERA is looking forward to implementing this EU funded project since it will shed light on many uncertainties, which are currently limiting our capacity to effectively manage the marine environment.”

The duration of the project is of two years, targeted for completion in March 2019.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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