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Conservation project backed by Gasan Mamo

Gasan Mamo have taken up an ambitious conservation project – supporting the Gaia Foundation in the protection and conservation of the Maltese landscape.

Gaia is Malta’s first integrated coastal zone management project, which started at Għajn Tuffieħa with the signing of a management agreement with the Environment Ministry and the Malta Environment and Planning Authority.

The project, called Olympus, includes the removal of Acacia trees, which have very strong roots. The tree is highly invasive and prevents the native plants from flourishing. They are being replaced by a number of species, including Lentisk, Mediterranean Buckthorn, Yellow Leaved Germander and Evergreen Honeysuckle.

The Foudation’s aim is to protect the land from erosion and maintain the ecological integrity of the habitats within the sites, an ongoing process which is hard to complete due to the lack of human resources.

“Gasan Mamo’s support will be of great help in increasing rehabilitation work being carried out on a part of the Għajn Tuffieħa Natura 2000 site, namely the lower part of Ħotba l-Bajda,” said Foundation CEO Rudolf Ragonesi.

Gasan Mamo director Julian J. Mamo said: “Conservation projects are the ones of most value to the Maltese community. It is this understanding that has spurred us to contribute towards safeguarding such an important part of our environment.”

Gaia Foundation also manages a second Natura 2000 site, Ramla l-Ħamra in Gozo, under a similar agreement.

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