MAL049 - Vjal Santa Lucija


Vjal Santa Luċija is an artificially constructed reservoir intended for water storage, located in southern Malta within Paola. The reservoir is completely constructed cement, and covers an area of approximately 1,020m2. The site is accessible via an alleyway; however, it is fenced-off on privately-owned property. There was no indication that the water accumulated was being used for irrigation. A large population of Ricinus communis was noted within the basin of the site. The site is located in a Strategic Open Gap.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: Inland
Wetland type: Artificial
Wetland area: 0.10 Ha
Hydrological interaction: -  
Water salinity: Fresh (< 0.5 g/l)
Type of fresh water input: Catchment area (precipitation)
Surface water runoff There is no obvious water outflow
Open water area (%): 26 - 50
Hydroperiod: Seasonal
Geographic information
Census district: Southern Harbour
Island: Malta
Local council: Paola
Longitude: 14.502980 East
Latitude: 35.870080 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
Protection statuses
Protection status category Protection status subcategory Area's name Code Coverage area (%) Legislation
National Bird Sanctuary Il-madwar tac-Cimiterju ta' l-Addolorata 146728 100 Environment Protection Act (Act I of 2016)
National Tree Protection Area Ic-Cimiterju tal-Addolorata 555546272 100 Environment Protection Act (Act I of 2016)
CDDA protection status
CDDA code CDDA category
MT03 Bird Sanctuary
MT06 Tree Protection Area
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
020 = Resource conservation Low
701 = water pollution High
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
430 = Agricultural structures Low
709 = other forms or mixed forms of pollution High
Impact Intensity
PH- = Increase of pH Low
PP- = Pesticide pollution High
Vegetation types
Type Coverage (%)
Other 5 - 25
Shrubby / Arborescent 5 - 25
Emergent 26 - 50
Species Presence status References
Aster squamatus
Ricinus communis