Former turtle nesting site faces brighter future - http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/
THE LAST LOGGERHEAD TURTLE NESTING SITE IN MALTA, HAS BECOME ANOTHER GAIA FOUNDATION PROJECT. BANK OF VALLETTA IS GIVING ITS FINANCIAL SUPPORT AS PART OF ITS MILLENNIUM PROJECT, LAUNCHED IN DECEMBER 1999

The GAIA Foundation’s project is part of its commitment to protect the environment of Malta and Gozo, through hands-on integrated management of a site of considerable ecological and archaeological importance, which is also one of Gozo’s most popular amongst visitors.

The project is being realised, following the Foundation’s initiative to apply for the three year EU Life programme which started in February 2000.

The programme is being co-funded by European Union Directorate General, the Ministry for the Environment and sponsored by Bank of Valletta.

Ramla Bay holds one of the most endangered sand dune ecologies in Malta. It was also the nesting site of the Loggerhead Turtle, but umbrellas, noise and human inteference led to their disappearance.

Bank of Valletta Chairman, Joe Zahra said it was Bank of Valletta’s pleasure to note that the Integrated Coastal Zone Management project for Ramla l-Hamra, has now entered the implementation stage.

Mr Zahra said "Bank of Valletta, as a responsible corporate citizen, is well aware of the importance of preserving and protecting our natural habitats. The Bank appreciates the fact that sustainable development is a requisite in ensuring balanced and harmonious growth, in the best interests of present and future generations. It is in this spirit that BOV extends its full support towards the most worthy initiative being undertaken by the GAIA Foundation."

The project is being managed by GAIA’s Director, Dr Rudolf Ragonesi.

The work carried out at Ramla so far, includes the laying of safety lines at sea for bathers, the setting up of information boards, the protection of the historic monuments and the sand dunes by redirecting vehicles to less sensitive areas, the establishment of a support centre at the Ramla Police Station, with the cooperation of the Police Department, the planting of indigenous trees and shrubs in the area and the production of an information brochure on the site.

The foundation can be contacted at info@projectgaia.org or at "Elysium", Ghajn Tuffieha Road, Ghajn Tuffieha SPB07.
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10 Jun 2007 by Saveramla.com