MAL060 - Ta' Laurenti


Ta’ Laurenti is an artificially constructed pond, located in western Malta between Rabat and Ħad-Dingli. The pond was excavated and is surrounded by a concrete wall. The pond covers an approximate area of 1,190m2 and is not accessible to the public as it is located on privately-owned land behind a residential dwelling. The site is predominantly surrounded by agricultural land and probably being used for irrigation of these fields. The site is not protected by any legislation.

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: Other
Surface water runoff Other
Open water area (%): 51 - 75
Hydroperiod: Permanent
Geographic information
Census district: Western
Island: Malta
Local council: Ir-Rabat
Longitude: 14.410720 East
Latitude: 35.863580 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
Regulatory services Water regulation
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
020 = Resource conservation High
130 = Irrigation High
700 = Pollution 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
430 = Agricultural structures Medium
501 = paths tracks cycling tracks Medium
Impact Intensity
AN- = Increase in noise High
ES- = Increase in water supply High
PF- = Fertilizer/Excess nutrient pollution High
PP- = Pesticide pollution High
WGT = Lowering of water table