The GAIA Foundation

Project Gaia is about the integrated and holistic management of specially protected coastal areas in the Maltese Islands. It was commenced in 1996 when the Environment Protection Department entrusted the management of the Għajn Tuffieħa Conservation Area in Malta to The Gaia Foundation. The project was extended to include the management of Ramla l-Ħamra in Gozo in 2000 following a successful bid for EU Life Programme funding submitted in collaboration with the Institute for Insular Coastal Dynamics (ICoD).

The Gaia Foundation’s work aims to ensure the sustainability of all activities taking place in these beautiful and precious coastal areas. Activities such as swimming and diving in the blue Mediterranean, hiking and horse riding along the marvellous hills, cycling along wooded areas and country roads and farming in the terraced fields often take a toll on the islands’ coastal resources. Project Gaia’s goal is to promote these activities in ways which not only sustain but if possible enhance the sites natural resources.

Project Gaia is built on the management of the Natura 2000 sites of Ramla, Għajn Tuffieħa and the North West of Malta. It branches out into various arms which deal with separate but interrelated aspects of coastal management. Each arm of the project is a project in itself, whether it focuses on beach management, biodiversity, organic farming, land conservation, agro forestry, eco tourism, restoration of historic sites or marine conservation. Each project is inter-linked with every other for nature has no borders and no artificial divisions between one activity and another.

The realisation of each depends not only upon the dedication and hard work of the organisation, but also upon the support of society in general, from national and local government, public agencies and NGOs right down to each and every individual be they young or old, local or foreign. It is our collective task to build a prototype for a sustainable society on our islands in our times.

The GAIA Foundation is working in Collaboration with Sharklab (Malta) in the detailed marine study at Ghajn Tuffieha Bay. This is a long term project looking at the marine inhabitants of the bay throughout the year.

The report generated from the surveys can be obtained by contacting Sharklab (Malta) direct. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If you would like to know more about The Gaia Foundation and the work we do please feel free to drop by our Elysium Tree Nursery and Visitor Centre at Għajn Tuffieħa anytime.

Monday till Friday between 8:00am - 3:00pm.
Saturday between 8:00am - 1:00pm

The Gaia Foundation
The Elysium Tree Nursery and Visitors' Centre
Għajn Tuffieħa Road
Għajn Tuffieħa MLĦ 5510
Tel:  (+356) 21 584 473
Fax: (+356) 21 584 474
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