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COASTAL-COVER Coastal-Climate Overall Vulnerability and Exposure Risk – protection strategy for the Maltese Islands

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This project is funded by the European Union via the Technical Support Instrument and implemented by EUCC in collaboration with its experts, in cooperation with the European Commission.



About the Project:

The C-COVER Coastal-Climate Overall Vulnerability and Exposure Risk – protection strategy for the Maltese Islands project is funded by the European Commission’s (EC) Technical Support Instrument upon request of the Maltese Public Works Department (PWD), Ministry for Transport Infrastructure & Capital Projects (MTIP), and the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA). Its objective is to develop an economically and environmentally sustainable coastal protection management system regarding global warming pressure.

This project aims to:

  • Develop a tool to highlight the range of policy priorities to decrease coastal pressures
  • Determine coastal risks and establish sustainable, suitable, and effective protective solutions, considering the impacts of climate change, integrated management of water and land-side resources, and land-sea interactions
  • Advocate for national harmonisation among policy makers and stakeholders, Establish coastal protection solutions for Maltese Islands
  • Determining a consistent and holistic strategic framework at national level.

This project is being implemented by the Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC) and its core team of experts: the Environmental Hydraulics Institute of the University of Cantabria (IHCantabria), AKTIS Hydraulics, the University of Malta, supported by an international expert.

Lead Beneficiary:

  • Maltese Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects

Other beneficiaries:

  • Maltese Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise;
  • Maltese Ministry for Gozo;
  • Maltese Planning Authority;
  • Maltese Environment & Resources Authority;
  • Maltese Tourism Authority;
  • Maltese Civil Protection Department;
  • University of Malta;

Project partners

  • Coastal and Marine Union
  • Insituto De Hydraulica Ambiental de Cantabria
  • Aktis Hydraulics
  • L- Università ta’ Malta
  • Malta Tourism Authority
  • Maltese Public Works Department