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The SIMBIOTIC project will be jointly implemented by the Institute of Earth Systems of the University of Malta, the Ministry for Gozo, the Botany Department of the University of Catania and the Comune di Pachino. SIMBIOTIC is an environmental restoration project aiming at enhancing the ecological connectivity of the SE Sicily-Gozo transboundary migratory route through ecological restoration, improved area management, integrated environmental planning and policy and enhanced local environmental consciousness. Restoration interventions will be designed based on an assessment of local plant, animal and habitat components, an analysis of landscape changes and the identification of priority connectivity areas. 

The Institute of Earth Systems in collaboration with the Ministry of Gozo organized a Kick-off meeting on two days. The kick-off meeting in Malta was intended to take stock of all the components and work packages of the project and launch an integrated management plan for the duration of the project based of the project parameters agreed upon. 

The 2-day meeting had both a scientific and technical component addressing the different aspects of the project. These topic sessions focused on preparing the basis for the development of related reports, studies and workshops.

Steering Committee Sessions: Members of the Steering Committee were invited to contribute and participate on the management of the various work-packages and the main components of the projects.

Signing of Documents Sessions: On the second day of the kick-off meeting the following documents were signed: (1) Partnership Agreement, (2) Terms of Reference (Steering Committee) and (3) Subsidy Contract.

Experts at work: The experts and scientific representatives involved in project were also invited to contribute in the formulation of the various aspects of the project be it scientific or technical of the project. Scientific Topics were covered on day 1.  Steering Committee based sessions were organized on Day 2.

Networking: The experts had time to meet their colleagues and visited the area earmarked for the studies and pilots.

The presentations delivered during the sessions are available here while a copy of the meeting programme can be accessed here.

For further information please contact Mr Robert Caruana at the Division of Environmental Management and Planning.

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