GOZ009 - Ta' Gnien Imrik Pond


Ta' Ġnien Imrik Pond is a natural pond, located in north-western Gozo, between L-Għarb and Ix-Xagħra. This pond covers an area of approximately 2,190m2. The pond is located on privately-owned land, however, it is still accessible to the public through a dirt road. The pond is predominantly surrounded by agricultural land with numerous pipelines scattered throughout, indicating that the pond is used for the irrigation of these fields. Ranunculus saniculifolius, Lemna minor L. and Typha domingensis are present within the pond whilst the basin is heavily invaded by Arundo donax. The site is not protected by any legislation.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: Inland
Wetland type: Natural
Wetland area: 0.20 Ha
Hydrological interaction: -  
Water salinity: Fresh (< 0.5 g/l)
Type of fresh water input: Other
Surface water runoff Outflow controlled by pipeline
Open water area (%): 76 - 95
Hydroperiod: Permanent
Geographic information
Census district: Gozo and Comino
Island: Gozo
Local council: Ix-Xaghra
Longitude: 14.257530 East
Latitude: 36.054780 North
Wetland condition
Wetland status (MEDWET): 3 - Original habitats/landform partially modified (10-50% untouched)
Ramsar wetland type
Type Coverage (%)
Tp -- Permanent freshwater marshes/pools; ponds (below 8 ha), marshes and swamps on inorganic soils; with emergent vegetation water-logged for at least most of the growing season
Property status
Ecosystem services
Type of ecosystem service Ecosystem service Scale of Βenefit (%) Importance
Regulatory services Flood hazard regulation
Provisioning services Food
Provisioning services Fresh water
Cultural services Recreation and tourism
Regulatory services Water regulation
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
020 = Resource conservation High
130 = Irrigation High
701 = water pollution High
790 = Other pollution/human impacts/activities Medium
952 = eutrophication Low
954 = invasion by a species Low
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
100 = Cultivation High
110 = Use of pesticides High
120 = Fertilisation High
130 = Irrigation High
230 = Hunting Low
403 = dispersed habitation Low
502 = roads motorways High
701 = water pollution High
954 = invasion by a species Low
Impact Intensity
EE- = Increase of economic potential High
ES- = Increase in water supply High
PF- = Fertilizer/Excess nutrient pollution High
PP- = Pesticide pollution Medium
Vegetation types
Type Coverage (%)
Emergent 51 - 75
Floating-leaved 5 - 25
Species Presence status References
Arundo donax
Lemna minor