The Malta Independent 2 March 2024, Saturday
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€10 million in European funds spent on Gozitan rubble walls restoration

Saturday, 28 January 2023, 12:39 Last update: about 2 years ago

The restoration of over 30 kilometers of rubble walls throughout Gozo has been completed, thanks to a €10 million European fund, tyhe government said.

The restoration and rebuilding of rubble walls was carried out by the EkoGozo Directorate within the Ministry of Gozo.The project started about two years ago with works carried out in the locations of Xaghra, Nadur, Xewkija, Għajnsielem, Għasri, San Lawrenz, Ta' Sannat, Il-Qala, Santa Lucija, Kercem, Zebbuġ and Victoria. In total there were around 40 roads with several extensive works on rebuilding rubble walls.

Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri said this project, which is co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, entailed the rebuilding of kilometers of rubble walls that had collapsed over time,

"This project is considered to be of national importance, particularly in light of the Government's commitment to transform Gozo into an ecological island and for its contribution to support Gozitan farmers and villagers ".

Camilleri said that the government is committed to continuing with its work to carry out more projects for Gozo.

Bonett said that  "with this investment we have not only continued to beautify the characteristic in the rural areas in Gozo but we have continued to protect the environment. Committed that as we have carried out this investment, from the new operational programs we will continue to invest in the island of Gozo and in projects like these,”

Rubble walls are an important feature in the Gozitan rural landscape and apart from the visual impact they leave, they also have a great environmental importance since they prevent soil from being lost when it rains.

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