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The INTERREG V-A Italy-Malta Program promotes integrated development between Italy and Malta in highly technological sectors, contributing to smart, sustainable, inclusive growth. It aims to develop areas of common interest for the territories, such as environmental protection, territorial and maritime safety, cultural heritage, quality of life, and citizens’ health.

Research and Innovation

Competitiveness of SMEs

Climate change

Environmental protection

Employment and Mobility


The project aims to create a new tool for MPA management that allows for direct involvement of all stakeholders (public entities, fishermen, citizens, tourists, etc.) through awareness and environmental education actions.

MPAs play a crucial role in marine environmental protection. They are ideal tools to address three priority needs for the sustainable development of coastal and marine areas: conserve marine biodiversity, maintain ecosystem productivity, and contribute to the economic and social well-being of human communities. If managed correctly, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) serve as the driving force in the integration process between the needs for resource protection and development, ensuring an improvement in the quality of life for coastal populations and the presence of suitable facilities to promote a deeper understanding and greater respect for natural systems. In the project, two fundamental aspects have been considered for the proper management of MPAs:

Sensitization and environmental education

of operators (fishermen, tourism businesses, etc.) and users (citizens, tourists, students, etc.) for the correct use and conservation of the MPA.

Implementation and adaptation of an Effective Management Assessment method

within which an analysis will be conducted using specific indicators in the biophysical, socio-economic, and governance areas. These results will be used for a subsequent management process and the transfer of findings based on the experience and considerations gathered during the evaluation phase, for the drafting of the 'Regulation of Execution and Organization of the MPA,' aimed at detailing permitted activities within the MPA.


Information and Awareness Days

Planned with the aim of fostering environmental awareness among users of Marine Protected Areas concerning issues of environmental sustainability, protection, and conservation of ecosystems and protected species.

Workshops and Educational Paths

Targeted at primary and secondary school students, focusing on themes such as MPAs, protected species, and ecosystems.


Social Media Communication Campaign

Developed in parallel with on-site environmental awareness campaigns.

Establishment of Environmental Education Centers

Created or strengthened on the islands of Gozo, Favignana, and Ustica. Integration includes structural services from existing centers or the potential creation of new centers according to defined standards.


Transboundary Environmental Information Center

The center aims to facilitate the adaptation of MPAs to regulations, promoting interaction and knowledge exchange among various stakeholders involved in the proper management of MPAs.

Experimental Fishing Campaigns

Aimed at contributing to the reduction of the impact of small-scale fishing gear on biodiversity. Experiments involve the application of fishing gear capable of decreasing catches of non-target species (echinoderms, sponges, etc).


Courses for Diversification of Fishing Activities

Training programs aimed at diversifying the activities of artisanal fishing operators to reduce the impact on fishery resources, such as “Pescaturismo” (fishing tourism) and “Ittiturismo” (fish-based tourism).

Regulation for the Execution of the MPA

The regulation will serve as a useful tool for the rational management of professional small-scale fishing activities, with a perspective on safeguarding the local environmental and cultural heritage.


Square Kilometers of the Area of Interest

Nearly 230 square kilometers of Marine Protected Areas undertaking joint actions for the conservation of biodiversity.