Gozo Biodiversity Explorer
The ecoGozo Regional Development Directorate launched an ambitious initiative on the 6th of November 2016, aimed at providing information and raising awareness on the rich biodiversity in Gozo. The main objective of this project, named Gozo Biodiversity Explorer, is to install a large number of information panels for trees and shrubs in parks and open spaces. Twenty information plaques were placed on a variety of trees lining the lower part of Marsalforn Valley. These plaques convey unique and interesting information about each tree in Maltese and English, including the scientific and common name, family information, flowering time, natural habitats, region of origin, height, and medicinal, nutritional or cultural uses. Nearly 200 plaques will be installed on trees and shrubs and Villa Rundle Gardens by the end of the year. For the future, this initiative could be extended to other parks in Gozo, or even rural and countryside areas with walking trails. During 2017, these panels will be linked to a digital online database that will provide further information and images on each species through the users smartphone or tablet. This initiative is another step forward in achieving the ecoGozo vision through biodiversity awareness.