GOZ013 - Wied tal-Ort

Wied ta’ l-Ort is a valley with numerous artificially constructed dams, located in central Gozo, within the outskirts of Rabat. The site is not accessible by the public as there are no passageways or footpaths available, however, the dam lakes are visible from a nearby surfaced road. The dam lakes cover an approximate area of 5,800m2. Culverts present within the road indicate the dam lakes are filled by water runoff thus being utilized as a flood mitigation measure. The water collected within the dam lakes are being used for irrigation purposes due to pipelines emerging from nearby agricultural land. The site was dominated by Persicaria senegalensis and Ricinus communis. The site is not protected by any legislation.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: 2. Inland
Wetland type: Artificial
Wetland area: 0.60 Ha
Hydrological interaction: Yes 
Water salinity: 1.Fresh (< 0.5 g/l)
Type of fresh water input: Catchment area (precipitation)
Surface water runoff Outflow controlled by pipeline
Open water area (%): 26 - 50
Hydroperiod: 1. Permanent
Geographic information
Census district: Gozo and Comino
Island: Gozo
Local council: Ir-Rabat, Ghawdex
Longitude: 14.229500 East
Latitude: 36.052650 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
Wetland values
101 Ground water recharge
103 Flood control
104 Sediment/toxicant retention
204 Agricultural resources
205 Water supply
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
020 = Resource conservation High
130 = Irrigation High
701 = water pollution High
790 = Other pollution/human impacts/activities High
910 = Silting up Medium
920 = Drying out High
954 = invasion by a species Medium
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
100 = Cultivation High
110 = Use of pesticides High
120 = Fertilisation High
130 = Irrigation High
402 = discontinuous urbanisation Low
501 = paths tracks cycling tracks Medium
502 = roads motorways High
701 = water pollution High
Impact Intensity
ED- = Increase in sediment removal/retention High
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 (%)
Wet meadow 26 - 50
Other 5 - 25
Species Presence status References
Persicaria senegalensis
Ricinus communis