The Malta Water Association (MWA) is a think tank of water, sustainability and legal professionals who have come together since 2011, in reaction to Malta’s precarious water predicament. MWA’s approach is to communicate, educate, develop knowledge, and raise public & political awareness on the sustainable use and management of Malta’s limited water resources.
To this effect, the objectives of the Association are to:
- protect Malta’s water resources for future generations from irreversible damage, and ensuring resilience for potential climate change threats;
- ensure our groundwater resources become a public good rather than a privatised commodity as stands today;
- provide a forum for the discussion of key technical and policy issues affecting Malta’s water resources, against the background of a changing climate;
- respond to public consultations and prepare policy reactions on a range of water topics, and to scrutinise technical and policy reports;
- exchange proposals and cooperation with Government, Parliament and the European Commission towards sustainable water use;
- ensure social justice in the exploitation of our water resources;
- inform its members on the development of local and European legislation or policy, and to influence their drafting when appropriate;
- organise educational actions for raising public awareness on water issues, water conservation and its efficient use;
- seek collaboration in water research and development;
- offer impartial and professional advice to any person or organisation in relation to fresh water issues;
- promote cooperation with other bodies, both locally and overseas, for the mutual benefit of the association;
- promote and maintain unity, dignity and professional integrity among its members.
The current Executive Committee includes:
Greta Muscat Azzopardi, Dr. Gordon Knox, Dr. Paul Refalo, Dr. Liz Gaerty, Brian Restall, Marco Cremona.
Emma Cassar, Vince Gauci, Alfred Baldacchino, Dr. Keith Buhagiar, Malcolm Borg, Peter Llewellyn, Julian Mamo, Philip Grech, Lee Roberts, Noel Azzopardi, Nathan Adams, Jonathan Falzon, Rowena Gauci, Maarten van Alkemade, Kees De Jong.
MWA is an independent non-governmental and non-profit organisation which does not receive private or public funding, nor renders paid or unpaid services, and does not hold personal data. Consequently, MWA has not felt the need to enrol with the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector as yet.
MWA was founded in March 2011.
MWA joined the ‘Terrafirma Collective’ platform in October 2015.
A word of thanks goes to the founding members which included Ing. Dirk De Ketelaere (Hydrologist/Water Resources Management Engineer), Ing. Marco Cremona (Hydrologist/Water Treatment Engineer), Perit Philip Grech (Sewerage and Drainage Engineer), Dr. Gordon Knox (Geologist), Peppi Gauci (Permaculture expert), Keith Buhagiar (Archaeologist specialising in Medieval Maltese Hydrology) and Annalise Falzon (Environmental Educator).