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Green Stormwater Infrastructure Guidance Manual


From: Ministry for Public Works and Planning​
​Published: ​24 June 2022
Running till: 29 July 2022
​Last Updated: ​1 August 2022
1.        Background

It is duly notified that the Ministry for Public Works and Planning (MPWP) has prepared draft ‘Green Stormwater Infr
astructure Guidance Manual’.

Green stormwater infrastructure practices in th
e Maltese Islands typically involve harvesting and infiltration systems to capture and store water for use and/or infiltration into the ground.  However, there are other green stormwater management techniques such as trees, green roofs, swales, filter drains and strips, pervious pavements, compact infiltration systems, proprietary treatment systems, etc.

MPWP has developed draft ‘Green Stormwater Infrastructure Guidance Manual’, for successful and functional green stormwater infrastructure projects in natural, rural and urban environments. The guidance document provides a guide in the form of practical examples, recommendations and a checklist of general codes of good practice to enable a successful green stormwater infrastructure initiative. The guidelines take into consideration the different stages of a green stormwater infrastructure project, from design to implementation.

The guidelines are intended to assist various entities ranging from (but not limited to) Governmental and private entities, to local
councils, voluntary organisations, businesses, professionals (such as landscape designers, contractors, developers, engineers, architects) and also the general public, in order to:
  • promote environment-friendly and ecologically sound stormwater infrastructure practices;
  • encourage green stormwater infrastructure incentives in different areas using suitable techniques;
  • establish common standards of green stormwater infrastructure practices, in line with complimentary legislation and policy;
  • encourage ownership and long-term maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure projects;
  • support the implementation of Malta’s third River Basin Management Plan 2022 -2027; and
  • support Malta’s commitment and efforts in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

MPWP is inviting the public and interested stakeholders to take note of the draft ‘Green Stormwater Infrastructure Guidance Manual’. MPWP wishes to receive feedback on the guidance document, as well as any other related issues linked with these aspects you feel as duly relevant or of attention.

2.        Consultation Questions

Moreover, the following key questions are being put forward as part of this consultation:

1.     Can the objectives be further refined, keeping in mind the aim of these guidelines?

2.     Should there be additional aspects not as yet identified forming part of these guidelines?

3.     Which actions would you consider as priorities?​

Do you have any further feedback or comments on the draft guidelines?​​

4.        Submission of input

Submissions were sent in by email to the address:

Submissions were received by 29 July 2022.
We thank you for your input.
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