GOZ023 - It-Taflija


It-Taflija is a semi-artificially constructed reservoir, intended for irrigation and water storage, located in central Gozo within proximity to Rabat. The excavated pit appears to be natural, however, the border of the reservoir has been partially extended by limestone walls. The site is accessible through a dirt road although it should be noted that it is located on privately-owned property. The reservoir covers an area of approximately 2,270m2. Since the site is predominantly surrounded by agricultural land, the reservoir is likely to be used for the irrigation of these fields. No important community habitats were noted around the reservoir. The site is located in a Strategic Open Gap.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: Inland
Wetland type: Artificial
Wetland area: 0.20 Ha
Hydrological interaction: -  
Water salinity: Fresh (< 0.5 g/l)
Type of fresh water input: Catchment area (precipitation)
Surface water runoff Outflow controlled by pipeline
Open water area (%): > 95
Hydroperiod: Permanent
Geographic information
Census district: Gozo and Comino
Island: Gozo
Local council: Ir-Rabat, Ghawdex
Longitude: 14.250290 East
Latitude: 36.037390 North
Biological significance
Biological significance: Low
Ramsar wetland type
Type Coverage (%)
6 -- Water storage areas; reservoirs/barrages/dams/impoundments (generally over 8 ha)
Property status
Ecosystem services
Type of ecosystem service Ecosystem service Scale of Βenefit (%) Importance
Provisioning services Food
Provisioning services Fresh water
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
020 = Resource conservation High
130 = Irrigation High
701 = water pollution High
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
100 = Cultivation High
110 = Use of pesticides High
120 = Fertilisation High
130 = Irrigation High
402 = discontinuous urbanisation Low
430 = Agricultural structures High
502 = roads motorways Low
701 = water pollution High
Impact Intensity
EE- = Increase of economic potential High
ES- = Increase in water supply High
PF- = Fertilizer/Excess nutrient pollution High
PP- = Pesticide pollution