Authoritiy’s Projects

 

CARBON LABELLING PROJECT

The Carbon Labelling Project under the “Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme” of the European Commission involves a set of concurrent work package activities to evaluate different aspects of carbon labelling in the fuel, lubricant, vehicle and freight sectors. The program brings together multiple countries and participants that work together in looking at carbon labelling programs that can work best in their country. Lessons learned from their particular approach in their country are discussed to determine interest in European carbon labelling initiatives. Link >>>

More information on http://www.co2star.eu

SOLATERM – Promotion of New Generation of Solar Thermal Systems in the MPC

Solaterm is a project financed under the 6th Framework Programme. The overall objective of this project is the widespread application of solar thermal systems for the hot water preparation, space heating and climatisation in the Mediterranean partner countries in order to meet the increasing demand for hot water and cooling and to exploit the high potential of solar energy in the region.

The project’s specific objectives are:

1. To transfer technological know-how on solar thermal and cooling systems to the Mediterranean partner countries adapt new technologies to the specific needs of these countries;

2. To broaden the spectrum of solar thermal and cooling applications in the Mediterranean partner countries through the promotion of cost-effective solutions e.g. combi-systems;

3. To support the R&D and application of solar thermal and cooling systems in the Mediterranean partner countries with political measures.

Additional details are available from http://www.solaterm.eu

INWATERMAN – Sustainable management of water resources in an arid and semi-arid insular context and the use of treated sewage effluent

The Malta Resources Authority is participating in INWATERMAN, a project financed under the EU Programme – Interreg III A – cooperation between Italy and Malta 2004-2006. The partners in the project include also the Water Services Corporation, the University of Catania, Faculty of Agriculture and the Consorzio di Bonifica of Ragusa.

The overall objective of the INWATERMAN project is the sustainable management of conventional and non-conventional water resources in arid and semi-arid insular settings.

Additional details are available from http://www.inwaterman.eu

PRODIM – Proactive Management of Water Systems to face drought and water scarcity in islands and coastal areas of the Mediterranean

The Malta Resources Authority is participating in PRODIM, a transnational co-operation project financed under the EU Programme – Interreg III B Archimed. The partners in the project include the National Technical University of Athens, the University of Thessaly, the Cyprus Meteorological Service, the University of Catania, the Hydrographic Regionl Office in Sicily, the Regional Agency for Environment Protection of Basilicata and the Prefectures of Cyclades and Laconia..

The overall objective of the PRODIM project is to develop a comprehensive pro-active management plan to combat drought and water scarcity in drought-prone areas of the Mediterranean region with particular reference to the islands and coastal areas.

Additional details are available from http://www.project-prodim.eu

WATER-MAP – Development and utilisation of vulnerability maps for the monitoring and management of groundwater resources in the Archimed area

The Malta Resources Authority is participating in WATER-MAP, a transnational co-operation project financed under the EU Programme – Interreg III B Archimed. The partners in the project include Regional Development Agency and the Environmental Centre of Western Macedonia, the University of Thessalonika, the Development Agency of Larnaca, the Liri-Garigliano and Volturno River Basin Authority and the Italian National Research Centre. The project also includes two non-EU partners – the Palestinian Water Development Organisation and the Akdeniz University of Antalya.

The overall objective of the PRODIM project is the application of the DRASTIC method in the Archimed area in order to produce vulnerability maps related to groundwater pollution, and the utilisation of these maps in a spatial model for the monitoring and management of groundwater resources.

Mediterranean Groundwater Working Group

The Mediterranean Groundwater WG (MED-EUWI Working Group on Groundwater) was set up in September 2004, as a thematic group of the Mediterranean Joint Process between the EU Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) and the Mediterranean Component of the EU Water Initiative (MED-EUWI). In parallel, it was directly linked to the EU Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) of the Water Framework Directive (WFD).

The objective of the Mediterranean Groundwater WG is to exchange experiences, share common challenges and develop synergies between EU and non EU countries of the Mediterranean region, aiming at the adoption of a common vision on groundwater resources management, based on the Water Framework Directive (WFD) approaches and objectives and the regional conditions.

During its first phase (2004-2006), a report (Mediterranean Groundwater Report) has been prepared by the members of the WG. Among other issues, this report includes:

description and analysis of the role and importance of the groundwater resources for the Mediterranean region,

an identification of the most significant problems, pressing needs and challenges for the region regarding groundwater resources management,

specific recommendations, based on the WFD approach and the experiences of the EU and non-EU countries of the region,

approaches and aspects of the WFD which need specific attention and proper adaptation in the Mediterranean context.

The Mediterranean Groundwater WG, during the second phase (2007-2009) of the Mediterranean Joint Process, will be engaged mainly in the development and/or promotion of common approach methodologies and techniques for optimal groundwater exploitation and pollution control in the Mediterranean, based on the experiences of the EU and non-EU countries of the region, existing best practices and the regional conditions.

Euro-Mediterranean Water Information System

The Euro-Mediterranean Water Information System (EMWIS) is a Euromed Initiative intended to set up an information system on the know-how in the water sector. It was established at a Ministerial Conference in 1996 in Marseilles. The aim of the EMWIS project is to gather and make available to decision makers information on the water sector which otherwise exists in a fragmented, dispersed and heterogeneous manner. This project also serves as a tool for co-operation between Euro-Mediterranean countries in developing the sharing and facilitating the access to information and define common outputs and programmes.

The MRA is the local organisation responsible for the establishment of the NFP for Malta, and is a member of the steering committee. It has set up a server (www.emwis.org.mt) and is collecting information for the directory.

Additional details are available from www.emwis.org

Isotope Technology for Groundwater Development in Malta

A project applying the advances made in isotope hydrology and related technology to groundwater management was carried out with the technical assistance of the IAEA. The tracing of groundwater by means of isotopes that occur naturally in the environment is a versatile method and offers important information on the flow conditions and residence time. In the case of coastal aquifers it allows an evaluation of seawater intrusion. Click here for more information.

MED-HYCOS

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