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Wed, Jan 6, 2016

Event: Launch of MEDTRENDS Report

Nature Trust Malta in collaboration with the European Commission Representation in Malta is proud to invite you for the launch of the results of the MEDTRENDS project, a Med Programme funded project on Wednesday,13th January 2016 at 10:00am at Europe House, 254, St. Paul Street, Valletta.

The launch of the MedTrends project will celebrate the completion of a Mediterranean-wide project aimed at carrying out an overall analysis of growth trends and potential cumulative impacts of human activities at sea, with an emphasis on the achievement of the Good Environmental Status (GES) objective set by the European Union’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). MedTrends has been scoped to illustrate and map the most likely future scenarios of marine economic growth at a national and transnational level in Med-EU countries.
A number of over-arching sectors have been chosen for this exercise. As far as Malta’s reporting is concerned, relevant themes such as maritime transport, extraction of living and non-living resources, coastal infrastructure, land-based activities, and waste disposal were assessed. The local report forms part of a collection of other national reports compiled by the MedTrends partners, together with a transnational report which outlines scenarios for the future development.
By means of this project, Nature Trust (Malta) is presenting a number of important viewpoints and recommendations in order to assist national authorities towards achieving GES of the local marine environment by 2020.
The partners in the MEDTRENDS project want to promote a common and integrated management of maritime space among all the involved stakeholders and an approach that takes into consideration the overall picture. A healthy marine environment must be at the heart of the integrated management of the Mediterranean.
Copies of the report will be made available on the MEDTRENDS page during the launch event.

Partners in the MEDTRENDS project:
– WWF-France
– WWF-MedPO in partnership with WWF-Italy
– WWF-Greece
– WWF-Spain
– Nature Trust (Malta)

Programme
10:00      Registration and welcome coffee
10:20      Welcome speech by Ms Elena Grech, Head of the European Commission Representation in Malta
10:30      Introduction by Mr Vincent Attard, CEO Nature Trust Malta
10:40      Results and recommendations by Dr Charles Galdies
11:10       Questions from the floor
11:25       Conclusion

Attendance by registration only: info@naturetrustmalta.org

Tue, Jan 5, 2016

Press Release 5 January 2016

At the start of 2016, Nature Trust (Malta) would like to call on the National authorities to make a resolution for 2016 and place the environment high on the national agenda. Malta and Gozo have suffered over the years due to bad planning decisions and lack of law enforcement in the environmental sector.
Government after government has made the Outside Development Zone a rubber band for its political manoeuvres purely for vote-catching purposes, rather than striving to implement sustainable development growth. Over the years very little has been invested in our countryside and natural environment. Today, our countryside environment is in a pitiful state with illegal dumping, illegal development, and no law enforcement.
Nature Trust (Malta) has long been calling for environmental police and rangers in our country side to deter illegal activities and enforce existing laws. Issues such as the Armier boathouses still linger from the past with no government having the courage to take action and solve them once and for all. All the political parties in Malta manage to do is blame one another for past and present mistakes, without doing anything to correct them. They seem to be only interested in emphasising past mistakes in order to justify new ones.
A few weeks ago a milestone international agreement was reached on climate change after years of idle talk and simply letting the problem grow bigger. Finally, many countries are realising that we are essentially destroying our planet under the pretext of economic growth.
NTM feels that Malta too has to think locally and move on towards environmental protection. Malta’s wish list should include implementing the following courses of action for this year:
• Have effective environmental law enforcement
• Stop ODZ development and focus on regeneration of the existing built-up areas. Set up and truly implement Marine Protected Areas
• Take action on illegal buildings spread all over the country
• Boost renewable energy and clean energy in the economy
• Implement afforestation projects which have been long overdue despite commissioning of studies and reports
• Address the traffic issue which is becoming a health hazard due to pollution in our towns and villages
• Allocate budgets for biodiversity protection
• Take immediate action on the ground water problem before it is too late
• Put environmental conservation on a horizontal level in all ministries and departments
• Promote truly green procurement
• Give the power it deserves to the new Environment Authority and not have just another toothless body which politicians can hide behind
• Put sustainable development and its true meaning as part of the country’s policy and make sure that development applications are done sustainably with carrying capacity studies (Eg today we have a large number of Petrol applications in ODZ when we already have a large number of existing ones)
The environment has in recent years been shoved down lower on the agenda. This can also be seen from the concerns of the Maltese in the latest Euro Barometer findings. Malta deserves better from our leaders than such a sorry state of affairs, when we clearly have the potential to be an example for all Europe in the sphere of Sustainable Development.

Tue, Dec 1, 2015

Press Release – Ahead of COP 21 – Actions demanded

Nature Trust (Malta) ahead of the Cop 21 Conference – Demand action on Climate change

Nature Trust (Malta) joins the millions of protesters in Europe and world in demanding action by our world leaders to seriously address the Climate change situation world wide.
For the last years we have only seen world leaders discuss and talk on actions but with little concrete actions, Only the European Union has taken some steps which although are positive yet we still lack urgent action to help mitigate the situation our plant will face in the near future.
Nature Trust (Malta) as WWF partner therefore calls on world leaders including our Minister for the Environment to ensure that in this conference actions are agreed and implemented without further delay. The planet has had enough of reports and discussions. Now we either act or we lose. World leaders should realise that our planet does not have a Plan B and so if we do not act mankind will simply disappear or suffer – especially our children who would face the catastrophes.
Therefore we demand the following
PROTECTION FOR THE VULNERABLE – help the poor, stop the destruction of forests and natural areas, provide assistance to small Islands;
STRONG SIGNALS THAT GHG EMISSIONS WILL BE PHASED OUT EQUITABLY – We need to take action as soon as possible and stop all GHG emissions. We must reach the 2050 Targets to phase out fossil fuels and phase in 100% renewable energy;
MECHANISMS TO SCALE UP EFFORTS EQUITABLY AND CONTINUOUSLY – A robust transparency framework to track progress and build trust, including for the forest and land-use sector. Also a strong and uniform international guidelines for future commitment setting;
CLEAR RECOGNITION OF THE AMBITION GAP AND CONCRETE STEPS TO CLOSE IT EQUITABLY – Clear mandate for high-level engagements to launch new additional actions and support and Ratification of the Second Commitment Period of the Kyoto Protocol;
A SOLID RESOURCING FOUNDATION – Affirmation to shift investments away from fossil fuels to sustainable low/zero carbon alternatives.

NTM hopes that as Malta was the champion some years back to put Climate Change on the International agenda, now it should be the Maltese Government again to demand these actions and not just promised. We only have one planet as home so let us save it with concrete actions.

Thu, Nov 5, 2015

Press Release

Preventing further damage to our countryside

As part of its commitment to preserving the ecology of the Pembroke Natura 200 reserve Nature Trust took the first step when it joined forces with one of Malta’s newest IT services companies, Tek Experts, in a conservation day which took place on the 31 October 2015.

The event, which was attended by 30 employees, aimed to help the sustainable development of the site while also making it an attractive area for eco-tourism and recreation. In just less than two hours, over 175kg of waste was collected from part of this ecological site. Most of the waste was related to picnics, BBQs and white goods. All waste collected was separated so this could be disposed the correct way.

Leo Brincat, the Minister for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change and the Mayor for Pembroke Local Council were also in attendance and highlighted how important events such as this are to the development of the area as one of outstanding nature beauty and interest.

Nature Trust (Malta) Executive President Vincent Attard commented: “The help we see through such events contributes a great deal to the conservation of sites like this. Over the last few years over 5000 kilos of waste have been removed from the Pembroke site alone. And that tells us that we are doing some great work. But it also tells us that litter and dumping are a major issue for areas like Pembroke. They not only damage the environment but have a negative economic impact on tourism.”

He went on to say, “At Nature Trust (Malta) we are working with the authorities to come up with long term solutions to the problem of countryside damage, including proposing introducing rangers who can help prevent problems such as this. It’s work in progress, but one we are committed to. In the meantime, companies like Tek Experts are going a long way to helping us bring back our beautiful landscapes.”

Reuben Muscat, General Manager of Tek Experts in Malta said: “We have embarked on this corporate social responsibility program not just as a feel-good afterthought but as a measure of our overall value and energy as a Company. I personally believe that our local and international employees are fully engaged in this agenda due to the inspiration and deeper involvement that they feel with the Company and its strategic goals. Today’s conscious employees demand more than energy-efficient lighting at the office and recycling bins – they demand corporate social responsibility programs that provide them with multiple and diverse opportunities to become personally engaged in making a difference that has a direct effect on the community that they live in. We are proud to be part of this event and will continue with our commitment to helping our community in any way that we can.”

Tek Experts is a global IT company operating from five sites around the world, including Malta. The company has a young and energetic workforce that provides services to client companies to manage their business operations by delivering unrivalled levels of business and IT support. In this way the client companies can focus on their core objectives, expand their service offering and exceed their customer expectations. The services are designed with their customers in mind and include software support, application development, training and education, sales support, customer care, hardware support and software solutions.

Tek Experts operates across borders, different languages and time zones, providing expertise, networks and flexibility to be able to support their clients from any international location in the world and establish new operations, hubs and teams at breakneck speed.

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