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Title of the project

Combating forest fires

Description

The exact purpose of the cleaning and planting actions are two-fold. The cleaning of debris and other material left by picnickers (picnic areas are available within the Hunting Reserve of Miżieb for the general public use) prevents the spread of fire since one of the main elements without which a fire cannot happen, combustive material, is removed. The planting of trees, etc., is to make the place more attractive for game-birds, but also more attractive for all other wild species, thus encouraging biodiversity.

Every other year, the Federation’s members clean out the vegetation that interferes with the undergrowth and makes it impossible to reach the layers of scrubland.
Thousands of trees are planted and then pruned and cleared. Information panels as well as barriers are installed, all for the cause of forest fire prevention and the fight against waste dumping.
The hunters conducted some management of the scrubs and trees areas by cleaning out of the scrubs vegetation, planting, pruning and clearing of trees. To these have been added the fire hazards panels and a fire brigade is now available nearby.

The hunters conducted some management of the scrubs and trees areas by cleaning out of the scrubs vegetation, planting, pruning and clearing of trees. Circa 250 hunters are involved and organized in the area under the direction of Miżieb Sub-Committee within the FKNK.

Results

Today, the two areas mentioned can be considered as “environmentally improved” zones. This benefits not only hunters during the open season, but also the general public, that, during the closed seasons, can picnic in specially converted areas.
The planting of trees, etc., is to make the place more attractive for game-birds, but also more attractive for all other wild species, thus encouraging biodiversity.

Location

Country Malta
Level Regional
Site Areas of Mizieb
Region Mellieha region

Starting date

1984

Habitat Types

Farmland, Forest/Woodland, Scrub/Grassland 

Protection status of the areas

Hunting reserve

Species

Species Caracteristics Huntable species
Species Type Birds

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)

Partners

Leading partners Miżieb Sub-Committee within the FKNK (http://www.huntinginmalta.org.mt/index.pl/)

Estimation of Human Resources needed

Circa 250 hunters are involved and organised in the area under the direction of Miżieb Sub-Committee within the FKNK.

Publication(s)

Hunting, an added value for Biodiversity
FACE - Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU
conservation@face-europe.org
2004