Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia said that the time has come to recalibrate urban living, so as to include a more harmonious interaction with nature, increased innovation, better ideas, to foster a greater sense of community, and to leave a lower carbon footprint.
Speaking to an audience of architects and industry stakeholders at the Malta Architecture and Planning Awards ceremony organised by the Planning Authority, the Minister said that the challenges faced by the country in the areas of planning and environment need to be tackled as a collective effort by stakeholders.
“The environment we inhabit affects all of us, and on many different levels. I think the time has come to re-invent the concept of urban living, to better reflect our culture, develop a greater sense of community, be in harmony with nature, whilst ensuring a lower carbon footprint and harnessing the opportunities of innovation. We need to do more, both as politicians in the area of policy, and you as architects in the industry. The country needs our solutions, our collective effort and a commitment towards sustained long-term improvements,” he said.
The Minister explained that a review of the Strategic Plan for the Environment and Development (SPED) will look to address the issues and challenges of environment and planning on our islands in a holistic manner.
“The review is a unique opportunity for all to be involved in the real change in mentality that the country needs on planning our future. I believe that we can make a positive leap forward which can not only radically change the value of design, architecture, and the building industry, but also improve everyone’s lives and foster wellbeing,” Minister Farrugia said.