Beach management review of the Maltese Islands

M. L. Zammit Pace, Malcolm Bray, Brian Baily, Jonathan Potts

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Abstract

Integrated beach management is a relatively recent practice in Malta. Its pattern of development, the factors that have prompted it and the challenges remaining are reviewed in this paper. Although there is clear evidence of improvement in the management of the coast and beaches, it can be argued that there are still shortcomings in the present system. This research presents a critical review of beach management in the Maltese Islands. After Independence in 1964, Malta struggled in many aspects to conserve the coastal areas and the beaches of the islands. The coast witnessed rapid development to accommodate the influx of tourists which although beneficial to the economy, inevitably increased pressures on beach resources. There followed forty years of piecemeal management until the accession to the European Union (EU) in 2004. Following EU membership, Malta moved towards a more holistic and integrated form of beach management, in part driven by the need to meet EU Directives and targets.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThirteenth International MEDCOAST Congress on Coastal and Marine Sciences, Engineering, Management and Conservation (MEDCOAST 17)
EditorsE. Ozhan
PublisherMEDCOAST
ISBN (Print)978-605-85652-6-5, 978-605-85652-7-2 , 978-605-85652-8-9
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2017
Event13th International MEDCOAST Congress on Coastal and Marine Sciences, Engineering, Management & Conservation - Mellieha, Malta
Duration: 31 Oct 20174 Nov 2017

Conference

Conference13th International MEDCOAST Congress on Coastal and Marine Sciences, Engineering, Management & Conservation
Abbreviated titleMEDCOAST 2017
CountryMalta
CityMellieha
Period31/10/174/11/17

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