The Malta Independent 22 July 2019, Monday

Financial estimates on Ghar Dalam National Park to be worked out after preparatory work concludes

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 17:25 Last update: about 11 days ago

Culture Minister Owen Bonnici that currently a interpretation strategy and a number of surveys are taking place in preparation got eh Ghar Dalam National Park.

He was responding to a question posed by PN MP Therese Comodini Cachia. The minister said that once this preparatory work concludes, the financial estimates can be drafted. The Minister also tabled the management brief.

The brief, read that Heritage Malta, as the National Agency entrusted with the management of national heritage sites, had taken the initiative to prepare this Management Plan Brief for a National Park at Għar Dalam as a tool to improve visitor experience to the sites under its responsibility.

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This brief presents an overview of the natural and cultural characteristics of the park. The brief recommends five objectives.

Recreation Objective: to provide opportunities for appropriate recreation and edutainment by capitalizing on the use of the existing cultural and natural heritage of the area.

Cultural and Natural Heritage Objective: to identify, document, protect and conserve the cultural and natural heritage assets within their landscape for their valuable reflection of the historical use and development of the area.

Interpretation Objective: to provide educational opportunities that promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural values, environmental sensitivity and significance, and the associated conservation needs and how these are interlinked throughout space and time.

Management Objectives: to manage the public and private lands in the Park through partner collaboration and ongoing stakeholder and community involvement.

Economic Objective: to promote the Park as a node in south-east Malta as an affordable ecotourism destination acting as a catalyst to boost local existing businesses and initiatives

 

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