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The Gaia Foundation

The Gaia Foundation

The Gaia Foundation

Elysium Visitor Centre, Nahhalija Rd, MLĦ 5510, Ghajn Tuffieha, Malta - +35621584474

description of organisation

The Gaia Foundation was founded in June 1994, according to the Laws relating to Foundations and registered as non profit and non-governmental organisation. It is also registered with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations.
It is specialized in environmental management of specially protected areas in the Maltese Islands. It is currently involved in the management of 3 Natura 2000 sites, Ghajn Tuffieha (Malta), Ramla l-Hamra (Gozo) and Majjistral Park (Malta) in collaboration with other 2 organisations.
The centre of all operations is situated inside Malta’s environment visitor centre, set up by the Foundation. It includes a tree nursery -equipped with a green house- specialized on the propagation of endemic and indigenous Maltese plants, an organic shop, conference facilities and an administration centre.
The Foundation is also a founding member of the National Federation of NGOs in Malta, a member of the Global Ecovillage network, The Ecosites Network and the Maltese based Heritage Parks Federation.

Project Gaia seeks to incorporate a number of projects within an integrated approach of coastal management, while at the same time establishing a prototype for a more sustainable society. It is also trying to reduce the impact of global climate change by encouraging more woodland and olive and almond tree cover on agricultural land, to protect biodiversity and restore the natural habit in Malta.

In order to support its objective Gaia Foundation is running several projects:
- Maintenance and management of a tree nursery and a green house, for the propagation of endemic and indigenous Maltese plants;
- Restoration of natural habitat by removing invasive alien species and replace them with native flora as an important part of Natura 2000 conservation;
- Patrolling the beaches, maintaining high beach management standards to comply with Blue Flag criteria;
- The upkeep and opening of the Ghajn Tuffieha watchtower to tourists and guiding visitor in the protected areas;
- Producing and selling organic local olive oil, as a pilot project to promote sustainable agriculture and support financially the project Gaia;
- Organising workshops and activities for the public and for school trips on environment health, education, awareness and social responsibility;
- The development of a peace grove at Ghajn Tuffieha, to honour many world leaders in the socio, political and environment movements; and
- The conservation of the area surrounding Calypso Cave in Gozo, with its popular and striking panoramic views.
In line with a holistic approach to sustainable living, Project Gaia has also incorporated work related to Fair Trade and Localisation, sustainable tourism, environmental awareness through the Arts and assistance to persons enduring hardship. Being part of a philanthropic organisation, all of the above mentioned projects do not include profit making activities.
The foundation currently employs seven persons. They are supported by the contribution of local and foreign interns in return for academic credit and volunteers (EVS and non EVS) inspired by the opportunity to learn good practices regarding the environmental sustainability.

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

Inclusion categoryReceiving projectsSending projectsCoordinating projectsHosting organisationSupporting organisation
Cultural differences
Educational difficulties
Geographical obstacles

This organisation is accredited to run projects under Erasmus+ Volunteering and the European Solidarity Corps.

Scope Volunteering

Role Expiry date
PIC no: 944690082 | Last updated on 08/02/19

Organisation topics

Environment and climate change

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Healthy lifestyle, active ageing