Submitted by: Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment
Implemented country: Malta
Title: Soil Information System for Maltese Islands
Until recently, Maltese agriculturalists, environmental managers and rural planners have had to rely on sporadic and fragmented sources of information in order to make decisions about the use of the country’s soil resources. In response to the ever-increasing requirements for soil information to address environmental, agricultural and land planning issues, the first-ever systematic soil survey of the Maltese Islands was undertaken. The development of a soil information system for the Maltese Islands (MALSIS LIFE 00 TCY/M/036) has proved to be a major turning point in establishing a wealth of soil information and equipping Malta’s public sector with the technical expertise to describe, assess, monitor and manage soils in a sustainable way.