€235,000 in funds to protect Gozitan beaches

MGOZ / Terry Camilleri

€235,000 from a €2.1 million fund have been allocated to the Ministry of Gozo to be used in the protection of Gozitan beaches. The initiative was launched on Monday by the Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri in Ramla l-Ħamra. The funds focus on the protection of beaches known as “pocket beaches”.

The Interreg Italia-Malta Programme 2014-2020 is a cross-border programme which covers the Maltese Islands and several regions in Sicily. It aims to reinforce sustainable growth at the cross-border level with particular focus on the research and innovation sectors, protect the environment, mitigate the effects of climate change whilst also addressing the area’s natural and anthropic risks. The funds allocated for this programme under the European Regional Development Fund.

Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri noted that the Gozitan economy heavily depends on tourism. “This requires us to take care of all the Gozitan tourism product entails,” Camilleri said. He underlined the importance of such a project in safeguarding “delicate” beaches.

Speaking at Ramla l-Ħamra, Camilleri said that the ministry will ensure that the beach will be in its best state for the benefit of those who visit. “We need to ensure that our actions are sustainable and that the bay does not suffer from sand erosion,” the Minister said.

The Minister said that he wished that the project helps in raising awareness about one’s heritage and its values.