Am­b­jent Malta to fo­cus on en­vi­ron­men­tal projects ‘for the com­mu­nity’s well­be­ing’

Malta Independent - - News -

Dur­ing a meet­ing with the newly ap­pointed Am­b­jent Malta board mem­bers, Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment, Cli­mate Change and Plan­ning Aaron Far­ru­gia an­nounced that Am­b­jent Malta will be fo­cus­ing on putting in place holis­tic en­vi­ron­men­tal projects for the years to come.

“Our projects need to take a num­ber of things into con­sid­er­a­tion. They need to fo­cus on en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes and not sim­ply aes­thet­ics. We need to work to truly im­prove the qual­ity of life and well­be­ing of our cit­i­zens, while pro­tect­ing, con­serv­ing, and im­prov­ing our nat­u­ral her­itage,” stated Min­is­ter Far­ru­gia, ex­plain­ing that this ef­fort is part of the min­istry’s slight shift away from its reg­u­la­tory role in or­der to fo­cus on im­ple­ment­ing projects with long-last­ing ben­e­fits.

The board will mainly fo­cus on the fol­low­ing el­e­ments: Natura2000 sites; Ma­rine Con­ser­va­tion Ar­eas; Na­ture Parks; Af­foresta­tion; Spe­cial En­vi­ron­men­tal Projects

The min­is­ter ex­plained that this di­rec­tion ties in with the Na­tional Strat­egy for the En­vi­ron­ment for 2050 which was launched by ERA for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion. “Away from elec­toral cy­cles, the econ­omy, so­cial well­be­ing, and the en­vi­ron­ment will be placed on the same level in ev­ery de­ci­sion that is taken – sus­tain­ably, and with a long-term vi­sion,” the min­is­ter went on to say.

The board is made up of the

Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man Con­rad Borg Manchè, Board Sec­re­tary Clive Az­zopardi, and mem­bers Nigel At­tard, Claire Bonello, Chris­tine Cas­sar, Steve Com­pagno, Claude Ebe­jer, Noel Far­ru­gia, Chris­tian Sam­mut, and Joseph Sam­mut, ex-of­fi­cio mem­ber as Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Her­man Galea, and sub­sti­tute mem­ber for En­vi­ron­ment VOs El­yse Tonna.

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