Nature Trust Malta - News
Tue, Feb 25, 2014
On 22nd February 2014, a two hour clean up of Il-Magħluq, Marsaskala resulted in the collection of just over half a tonne of waste from the water surface and surrounding areas. Following permits obtained from MEPA, the clean up was coordinated by Nature Trust (Malta) and involved members from this organisation, Marsascala Local Council, Friends of Marsascala, HSBC staff and That’s Rubbish!. Support was given by Ozo Sytem Cleaning Services who provided t-shirts, bags and gloves needed for the clean up and the Animal Welfare Department who were called in to rescue an injured duck found by one of the HSBC staff members.
Il-Magħluq is one of only two salt marshes present in the Maltese Islands, the other being Il-Ballut ta’ Marsaxlokk and forms as a result of freshwater from adjacent fields and rainwater entering the area and mixing with seawater that enters through the connection under the road. It is home to a unique community of saltmarsh species, including the rare sea sharp-rush (Simar tal-baħar, Juncus maritimus) and the Maltese killifish (bużaqq, Aphanius fasciatus).
Unfortunately, all species in the area appear to be endangered, particularly due to human activity. Constant dumping and contamination of the water all have a negative effect on the local ecology of the site.
The organisations responsible for the clean up are appealing to the public to enjoy the beauty of Il-Magħluq and realise the importance of such a site for the local ecology and the residents of Marsascala. Most waste gathered in the clean up was litter left behind by people or deliberately dumped into the site. Keeping the place clean will not only help to improve the ecology of the area but will also prevent attracting pests such as rats and insects that can also be detrimental to public health.
Il-Magħluq saltmarsh is a scheduled Special Area of Conservation (SAC) that forms part of Malta’s Natura 2000 network. Natura 2000 is a European wide network of nature protected areas established with the aim of ensuring a long term protection of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats. Malta has been blessed with 39 such sites – 34 on land and 5 marine.
Fri, Feb 21, 2014
Tomorrow Nature Trust (malta) with the support of many organisations and individuals will be cleaning the saltmarsh – il-Maghluq at Marsascala. We invite all to come and join in this conservation effort at this Natura 2000 site. Gloves etc will be provided.
Those coming can meet us near the site at around 9.30 am. Come along and give your share to help nature
Wed, Feb 12, 2014
Children’s International Photo Exhibition
The CHILDREN’S EYES ON EARTH exhibition will be inaugurated on Monday 17th February 2014 by H.E. the President Dr George Abela at the Presidential Palace, Valletta. It features 85 large scale photographs, taken by children, chosen from 4000 submissions hailing from 91 countries from the 5 continents.
This event is intended to raise awareness about important environmental issues as seen through the eyes of children. All the photographs share the same themes; protecting the environment, preventing the causes of pollution; and to spread knowledge concerning some of the challenges facing our planet.
It was organised by National Geographic photographer, poet and humanitarian Reza Deghati. The international jury includes renowned celebrities from National Geographic, Reuters, Associated Press, Fox International and the main Nature and Photographic magazines. The event has been sponsored by IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental Action) and presided by Leyla Aliyeva, the Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in collaboration with the President of Malta H.E Dr George Abela and the Ministry of Education. On the morrow, the 18th February, Reza Deghati will give an interactive lecture to local photographers and others involved in the educational field of creative innovation. Reza will delve on the experiences with the diverse Cultures and the secret of his success in his photography. Reza will also deliver a briefing on his work and projects to promote education through photography. Lecture will be held at the Palace Valletta Dining Room and starts at 7.00pm. The briefing is open to the general public and no booking is required. Exhibition will be open for public viewing from 18th February 2014 to 28th February 2014.
Reza Deghati’s name is synonymous with the National Geographic Magazine since many of his works have graced its covers. His works have been exhibited in most of the major institutions world-wide. He is the author of seventeen books including the best seller War + Peace.
Leyla Aliyeva is Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and daughter of its Chairperson, Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, the First Lady of Azerbaijan. The Foundation carries out a mixture of cultural, political and charitable projects. Ms Aliyeva is an established artist and writer about green issues.
Wed, Jan 29, 2014
Nature Trust (Malta) is appalled on recent news brought to light thanks to the Times of Malta where Cement wash and cow urine are contaminating the scenic Ħal Farruġ valley following a prolonged leak at a concrete factory belonging to Polidano Brothers and dumping of animal excrement from a neighboring cow farm. The paper also reported that the cement leak was so big that it flooded fields adjacent to the factory to such an extent that certain parts turned into solid concrete.
The NGO fails to understand as to why the authorities took so long to act. Immediate action should be taken. It is about time that contractors and individuals found to be breaking the law with numerous offence and illegalities should be black listed by the government and the planning authority. The NGO asks as to why it has to be the public or the press to report before the authorities take action.
It is shocking to note that some contractors do not only continue to break the law but at times are getting it their way by means of sanctioning or having talks with high government officials on their illegalities, The law should apply to all the same
It is about time the enforcement forces in this country act and act in a level playing field where all are the same if they break the law and should be made to reverse anything done at their own expense.
NTM notes that the contractors has finally started to reverse the process. This should be done under the full supervision on Mepa and a case to pay environmental damages opened against the two entities that contributed to this damage