New procedures on the management and disposal of oil sludge and other hazardous waste generated by the ship repair industries are being introduced following talks between MEPA, Malta Drydocks, Waste Management Services Ltd and the Waste Management Services Implementation Department.
It-twinning agreement huwa ftehim bejn Malta u pajjizi membri ta' l-Unjoni Ewropeja, li f'dan il-kaz huma l-Ingilterra u l-Awstrija. B'dan il-ftehim l-Unjoni Ewropeja ha tipprovdi 400,000 Euro ghal tahrig specjalizzat li l-MEPA hasset li kellha bzonn f'oqsma ta' l-ambjent.
Preliminary results of a nation-wide, air quality survey being commissioned by the Malta Environment & Planning Authority are showing that seven localities in Malta and Gozo do not measure up to the air quality standards established by the European Union.
The oil sludge unloaded from aboard the Norwegian ship Kronviken and taken to Maghtab in December did not contain toxic material, laboratory results from Italy have shown.
The main threat, he continued, comes from neglect and a "reductionist" culture that have led to the present sad state of the environment. Unfortunately, many changes cannot be reversed, but we have to take the first step. Schools are a first step and an important start. [THE TIMES - EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT 24.01.03]
Mepa is publishing the findings of two tests carried out on samples it sent to Italy in December. One sample was taken from Maghtab where the oil sludge was dumped and the other sample from oil sludge which was still at Malta Drydocks.
"It shall be the duty of everyone together with the government to protect the environment", states the new Environment Protection Act, obviously referring to the citizens of Malta. Of course, it is not only the individuals who should be responsible for the safekeeping of our common home. It is also corporate citizens, such as the manufacturing industry, who are often causing significant impacts on our environment. [THE TIMES 04.02.03]
organised by MEPA in collaboration with the Malta Federation of Industry and the Cleaner Technology Centre, the half-day working seminar aimed to raise awareness of the environmental responsibility of the manufacturing industry and to provide information on the requirements of local
The malta environment & planning authority determined 512 development applications in January and received 491 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 2,651.
Perit Stephen Farrugia is the new Director of Planning at the Malta Environment & Planning Authority. He succeeds Dr Godwin Cassar who has been appointed Director General.
The Malta Environment & Planning Authority is proposing to amend its policy on the Commuted Parking Payment Scheme (CPPS) to introduce more flexibility in the application of funds collected through the scheme.
The Malta Environment & Planning Authority refers to the Malta Labour Party publication titled "A comparison of alternative strategies for Malta's Environment: Partnership with the European Union or Full Membership of the European Union"
Organised by the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA), the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) and the World Urban Development Forum (INTA), the conference will bring together key players in the field of urban regeneration from Europe, the Mediterranean, the Near East, the US and Canada.
Once upon a time, in a class full of pupils, Miss Amanda asked the children to draw someone they imagined… Two pupils, Xandru and Mattea drew a cool boy with a belly that lights up when he is happy - and that was the beginning of Riki Eko's adventure.
I want to save water and energy but I don't want to live uncomfortably. Any tips? Answer: Yes, there are plenty of ways for you to do good deeds for the environment - what's more you'll save money too![FIT FOR FUN- MARCH EDITION]
Ever thought of what Malta would have been without Mdina, Valletta, the Three Cities and the Cittadella? Without small gardens surreptitiously hidden in quiet neighbourhoods; without mysterious, but hospitable labyrinths of narrow ancient streets that humbly crawl around parish churches like children huddling their mother? [THE MALTA BUSINESS WEEKLY - PROPERTY GUIDE SUPPLEMENT 27.03.03]
Freshly appointed to lead the planning directorate at MEPA, architect Stephen Farrugia is now responsible for development permissions, enforcement actions and the preparation of plans in all areas of land use. [THE MALTA BUSINESS WEEKLY - PROPERTY GUIDE SUPPLEMENT 27.03.03]
Skond ir-regolamenti godda dwar il-kacca u l-insib, dawk li jaghmlu applikazzjoni ghar-registrazzjoni ta' ghasafar protetti ibbalzmati sal-31 ta Mejju 2003 ser jinhargilhom certifikat ufficjali mid-Direttur ghall-Harsien ta' l-Ambjent u ma tittehidtx azzjoni kontrihom skond il-ligijiet ghall-harsien ta' l-ambjent. [THE TIMES 21.04.03]
Land surveying and mapping services employees at the Malta Environment & Planning Authority today donated two special wheelchairs to the Guardian Angel School. The wheelchairs are specifically designed to help children at the Hamrun school to participate in sports events.
L-Awtorita' ta' Malta dwar l-Ambjent u l-Ippjanar (il-MEPA) tirreferi ghal dak li qal l-Onor Joe Mizzi lbierah waqt konferenza stampa dwar is-settur ta' l-ambjent. L-Awtorita' tichad li l-kummissjonijiet ghall-kontroll ta' l-izvilupp qeghdin jiltaqghu ta' kuljum u li qeghdin jittiehdu decizjonijiet b'rata li mhix normali.
L-Awtorita' ta' Malta dwar l-Ambjent u l-Ippjanar (il-MEPA) qed jaslulha rapporti ta' twahhil ta' enforcement notices (ordnijiet ta' infurzar) foloz ma' duri ta' kaccaturi u nassaba. Dawn l-enforcement notices foloz qeghdin jordnaw lill-kaccaturi u n-nassaba biex inehhu d-duri taghhom fi zmien 30 gurnata jew inkella jittiehdu passi kontrihom fil-qorti.
Il-MEPA qed taghti Lm17,000 f'ghajnuna biex jigu irrangati galleriji ta' l-injam fil-Kottonera u l-Kalkara. Din hija l-hames darba li l-MEPA qed tipprovdi ghajnuna finanzjarja lil sidien jew inkwilini ta' djar b'galleriji ta' l-injam biex dawn ikunu jistghu jaghmlu xoghlijiet ta' restawr jew jibdlu l-galleriji f'ohrajn ta' l-injam.
relax. You're not about to get a usual dose of politics, because the parliament I am talking about is not made of the representatives of political parties but of… children. Why youths? Why water? Why Malta? These are some of the questions that intrigued me, and so I decided to speak to Ms. Nicole Crochet, a young energetic Frenchwoman with a charming accent who recently came to Malta to organise the event [THE TIMES 21.04.03]
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is participating at the Home, Garden and Environment Fair being held in Ta'Qali between today and Sunday.
The Green Points are short, but thought provoking. We want the people to be conscious of the environmental situation in the country and ultimately we want to encourage the people to do their bit too, says Ms. Marie Briguglio who heads the MEPA team in charge of public communication [THE TIMES 25.04.03]
The event is being organised by international NGO 'Solidarity Water Europe' in collaboration with the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA), the Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Nature Trust (Malta) and the ministries for tourism and education. The Parliament will debate, present projects and propose motions regarding water management issues in the Mediterranean.
MEPA had refused the application to develop this site, opposite Ghar il-Lembi Street, in 1993. Among the reasons given for the refusal was that the proposed demolition of the villa, known as the 'Clinic', was unacceptable "as the façade is of particular architectural and historical importance and should be retained or incorporated into any development proposal for the site".
MEPA has an on-going air-monitoring programme and is currently in the process of compiling its findings for the year 2002 and the first quarter of 2003. These findings will provide an up-to-date picture of the levels of benzene in the air.
During April the Authority processed 109 notifications of development which according to the Development Notification Order of 2001 do not require a formal application.
These incredibly beautiful places seem to draw people like magnets. Their wilderness, vigorous beauty and almost spiritual force provide an antithesis to the congestion and commotion of inland, built-up Malta. The salt marshes and sand dunes abundant with wildlife, the crystal blue submarine world of silence and colour, the majestic coastal cliffs, the deep red sands…
The Malta Environment & Planning Authority, together with the Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment, will be marking World Environment Day on June 5 and Green Week with a number of national initiatives aimed at encouraging people to adopt more environment-friendly lifestyles.
"Maltese children will now get the opportunity they deserve - to take responsibility for caring and learning about their environment. As from the next scholastic year, schools will be able to compete for the Green Flag, an international eco-label awarded for excellence. Every day should be Environment Day at our Eco Schools," said Dr. Godwin Cassar, director general at MEPA.
Five sites of ecological, historical or cultural importance are to benefit from a partnership scheme launched by the Malta Environment & Planning Authority in a bid to protect and enhance Malta's built, cultural and natural heritage.
The Malta Environment & Planning Authority refers to the statement issued by Nature Trust (Malta) on a development application to sanction a wall built without a permit across Wied Ghollieqa. MEPA denies that it has sanctioned the construction of the wall, photos of which were distributed to the media by Nature Trust (Malta) last week.
The Malta Environment & Planning Authority has published for public consultation a new policy document that aims to turn a 25,000 square metre site at Ta' Masrija in Mellieha into a quality residential area.
L-Awtorita' ta' Malta dwar l-Ambjent u l-Ippjanar tirreferi ghall-konferenza stampa li saret dalghodu mill-Kunsill Lokali tal-Floriana. L-Awtorita' tixtieq ticcara li x-xoghlijiet li qeghdin isiru bi preparazzjoni ghall-kuncert ta' Elton John m'ghandhomx bzonn ta' permess ta' zvilupp mill-MEPA.
of the 31 localities being monitored, none exceeded the 3.1 ppb limit in January and February this year while in 2000 a total 13 localities had exceeded that limit. However three particular streets, out of 31 localities, continue to exceed the 3.1 ppb. These are Manuel Dimech Street in Sliema, St Anne Street in Floriana and Labour Road in Zabbar. In 2000 there were 43 such streets where the limit was exceeded.
The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) determined 602 applications in July and received 732 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 3,124.
Il-barriera fis-Siggiewi bdiet tintuza ghar-rimi ta' terrapien u skart ta' kostruzzjoni wara li xi gimghat ilu l-dan l-iskart ma baqax jintrema fil-Maghtab.
New draft regulations to prevent waste from end-of-life vehicles and promote the collection, re-use and recycling of their components were published on 26th August, 2003 in the Government Gazette for a four-week public consultation.
A draft legal notice, entitled "A Framework of Action in the Field of Water Policy Regulations, 2002" was published on Tuesday 26th August, 2003 on the Government Gazzette for public consultation. The Legal Notice transposes the EU Water Framework Directive, due to be transposed into national legislation by 2003.
Every year, end-of-life vehicles generate between 8 and 9 million tonnes of waste in the European Community. In Malta it is estimated that 5450 tonnes are generated annually from end-of-life vehicles which should be managed correctly. [THE TIMES 12.09.03]
Packaging includes returnable and non-returnable items such as boxes, pallets, labels, containers, tubes, bags, sacks, etc. made out of paper, board, timber, glass, metals, plastics, ceramics and the like. It can also include tape, wrapping, binding and tying materials. [THE TIMES 17.09.03]
Firstly, the Directive aims at the prevention of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances. Secondly, as accidents do continue to occur, the Directive aims at the limitation of the consequences of such accidents not only for man (safety and health aspects) but also for the environment (environmental aspect). [THE TIMES 20.09.03]
A national ecological network of special areas of conservation is being set up with the issue of new regulations called the Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations of 2003. These regulations, published in the Government Gazzette by the Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment in consultation with the Malta Environment & Planning Authority, provide protection to a number of species and sites of ecological importance, and also include relevant provisions of the EU Habitats Directive
The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) determined 852 applications in September and received 505 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 2,639.
The recent publication, by the Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment, of the Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations, 2003 represent a milestone for Malta in the protection of biodiversity. [THE TIMES 10.10.03]
Thirty five participants, ranging from local councilors to EIA operators are currently attending two courses being organized by the Malta Environment & Planning Authority on Environment Impact Assessments. The first course is an introductory one and deals with the basics required in the EIA process.
Together with 30 countries in 4 continents, MEPA is celebrating World Town Planning Day. World Town Planning Day began to be observed in many countries 20-30 years ago.
World Children's Day is being celebrated this week and the Malta Environment & Planning Authority today hosted two groups of children who assisted MEPA staff for two hours. Some thirty of the Authority's staff had two children observing and helping out in their work.
During the months of October and November, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) determined 940 applications of which 450 were determined in October. In the same month it received 653 new applications.
The House of Representatives approved the estimates for the Malta Environment and Planning Authority. These were tabled in parliament by the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Environment George Pullicino who is responsible for MEPA.
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority, Middlesea Group, the Education Division, Nature Trust (Malta), and the EkoSkola Coordinating Committee, have prepared an interactive Advent Calendar for primary school children in classes Year 1 to Year 6, to be distributed among schools.
"For me personally this new appointment as Director General is a new challenge which is a new source of energy to tackle the problems at hand with more vigour" Dr Godwin Cassar.