Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia met with the newly-appointed Ambjent Malta board members on Wednesday, discussing Ambjent Malta’s plans for the coming years in order to have a holistic approach throughout.
Minister Farrugia stated that “Our projects need to take a number of things in consideration. They need to focus on environmental outcomes and not simply aesthetics.”
He added that they need to work together to “truly improve the quality of life and wellbeing” of the citizens of Malta, all whilst “protecting, conserving and improving our natural heritage”.
Minister Farrugia also explained that this effort forms part of the ministry’s shift from being mainly a regulator, to one that implements projects that have long-lasting benefits to the community.
During the meeting, the board outlined five key areas that they will be focusing on over the coming years, with these being Natura2000 sites, Marine Conservation Areas, nature parks, afforestation and also special environmental projects.
The minister also added that these plans will go hand-in-hand with the National Strategy for the Environment for 2050 that was launched by ERA for public consultation.
He said that “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 new Ambjent Malta board is made up of the Executive Chairman Conrad Borg Manchè, Board Secretary Clive Azzopardi, and also members Nigel Attard, Claire Bonello, Christine Cassar, Steve Compagno, Claude Ebejer, Noel Farrugia, Christian Sammut and Joseph Sammut, as well as ex-officio member as Director General Herman Galea, with Elyse Tonna being the substitute member for Environment VOs.
The agency was formed in 2018, with the aim of consolidating every environment-related directorate and entity.