Cleaning and restoration of 12 valleys in Gozo with a €10 million EU investment
Two projects are due to begin in Gozo, with an investment of € 10 million, relating to the cleaning of valleys, water management and the island’s landscaping.
The valleys that will be rehabilitated are Wied tax-Xlendi, Wied Mgarr ix-Xini, Wied Tal-Grazzja, Wied Rihan, Wied ta’ Grajgel, Wied il-Wileg, Wied Mgarr, Wied ta’ Xħajma, Wied Marsalforn, Wied il-Ort, Wied l-Infern and Wied il-Kbir.
This was announced by Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana and Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia.
Minister Caruana said that by means of new EU funds, the Gozo countryside will be boosted: valleys will be cleared of debris , and rubble walls and water catchment systems restored.
She added that another beneficial aspect to cleaning the valleys was the storage of water in the valleys which would be used by farmers to irrigate their crops thereby eliminating the extraction of groundwater.
Dr Caruana went on to say that a tender was on the verge of being issued for the restoration and rebuilding of 30 km of rubble wall. This restoration would also contribute toward increasing the population and range of endemic species living in rubble walls.
Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia said that the industry for Agriculture and Rural Development were two important pillars for Gozo which was the reason for the huge unprecedented EU fund investment in Gozo .