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ERDF 022: Wied il-Mielah - towards an ecologically and culturally sensitive, sustainable tourism

Project Cost: €566,789
Beneficiary: Gharb Local Council
Line Ministry: N/A
Start Date: 2008
End Date: 2010
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Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

This project has recognised the environmental and ecological value of Wied il-Mielah natural asset by : Improving accesibility through road resurfacing and building of bridges; Carrying out cleaning works, reconstruction of derelict rubble walls etc..

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: European Regional Development Fund
Operational Objective: To support the upgrading of the tourism product;
Priority Axis: PA2 Promoting Sustainable Tourism
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA2 Product Development
Focus Area of Intervention: OPIPA2 Niche Market Development and Branding

Project Objectives

Supporting Malta's efforts to improve the tourist product on the Island of Gozo, by making it more competitive as a unique rural destination.

Project Results

To offer a renovated tourist product to the foreign and local visitor who comes to Gozo especially to enjoy country walks. By the end of the project, the Council will attract to the area at least 0.12% of the visitors who come over to Gozo also for this purpose or to dive. Relative data will be collected from the information kiosk which is going to be installed on site and which will encourage foreign visitors to register their presence on site. To eliminate the margin of error of say double counting and/or registration of visits by Gozitans (which counting needs to be eliminated), a manual headcount of visitors is to be carried out by the beneficiary on a quarterly basis over a period of 12 months.

Project Purpose

Improving, protecting and developing the environmental heritage and natural assets at Wied il-Mielah and making them more accessible especially during the winter months by upgrading rubble walls, cleaning the valley, improving the valley road, installing tourist equipment and publishing printing material to promote the geological (natural window), environmental (landscape and coast) and the cultural heritage (churches and monuments) at Gharb.