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Developing a National Coastal Protection Strategy for the Maltese Islands


The European Commission's Technical Support Instrument (TSI) in cooperation with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM), has supported the Department for Public Works of the Ministry for Public Works and Planning - together with Malta’s Tourism Authority, to develop a National Coastal Protection & Adaptation Strategy for the Maltese Islands: enhancing the archipelago's resilience to natural processes, and climate change consequences.

This 24-month TSI project in Malta (2021-2023) formulated a national strategy that provides the requisite strategic direction in a holistic framework for an integrative policy approach to coastal erosion and the management of climate related risks in the Maltese Islands. The aim of the National Coastal Protection & Adaptation Strategy for the Maltese Islands is to steer decision-making processes toward long-term planning to 2050, through the provision of guidance on how to manage the risks associated with the impacts of climate change, including driving collaboration between national and local governance.

Specific Objectives:
1. To establish a methodology for scientific integrative coastal erosion risk assessment, in the context of climate change
2. National risk assessment and formulation of national strategy for protection against the risks of socioeconomic and environmental vulnerability
3. Policy guidance for action, for all sectors and entities, through nationally prioritised risk mitigation measures through coastal management plans.

Find out more on the Technical Support Instrument (TSI) in Malta and the video about the initiative here.

In January 2024, a new TSI initiative starts in Malta (2024-2026). The overall objective will be to provide support to the Public Works Department, Ministry for Public Works and Planning, and the Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise, to develop an instrument that sets the basis of the planning processes of future development and the process of revision. This instrument aims to establish a consistent and holistic strategic framework covering the Maltese coastal territories, that will focus on the creation of a holistic framework to bridge multi-level planning instruments for coherent adaptation policy and planning with integrated knowledge and governance for management and monitoring of climate change risks to the Maltese Islands.