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On the occasion of the Italian Presidency semester of the European Union, the Italian Ministry of Culture and Cultural activities organised a two day meeting entitled "Landscape in European Politics". The Malta Environment and Planning Authority was invited and was represented by architect Mr. Frans Mallia, who presented a paper entitled "The relevance of the European Landscape Convention to the Maltese context". [THE SUNDAY TIMES ]
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With the start of the New Year, MEPA will be launching a series of important documents. The Vision, Mission and Values Statement aims at setting up a beacon towards which the Authority would like to navigate.
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It is often said that the only constant thing is change. We have all witnessed several changes in the environment and its management and in land use planning. Gone are the days when the only rein on land use was ministerial discretion.
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MEPA is making available Lm23,000 in grants to help restore the timber balconies in properties belonging to philanthropic, cultural and political organizations and clubs. The Timber Balcony Scheme will this year be made available to these organizations.
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CHANGES PROMOTE AESTHETICS AND TRAFFIC SAFETY The policy document 'Development Control Policy and Design Guidance 2000', which was approved in July 2000 and came into effect in November 2000, was a complete overhaul of the DC1/88 guidelines. Following a four year experience of these guidelines these have now been revised.
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During the months of December 2003 and January 2004, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) determined 797 applications of which 317 were determined in December. In the same month the authority received 408 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 3,210
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Environmental Initiatives Projects in Partnership Restoration works of parts of the Victoria Lines at Ta' Kaduma L/o Mosta are in hand as part of the Environmental Initiatives Projects in Partnership (EIPP) which MEPA launched in 2001. For this project MEPA made available funds obtained from a Heritage Gain related to an extension of the Ta' Kaduma Quarry.
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The coastal and marine areas around the Maltese archipelago are the setting for a significant number of maritime uses: the traditional uses of marine areas (particularly maritime traffic) have intensified within the last decades, and are now facing competition for space from other industries like tourism and aquaculture.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority yesterday appointed, with the concurrence of the Minister after consultation with the House Committee on Planning Development, Mr Joseph Falzon A&CE as Audit Officer.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) determined 440 applications in February and received 605 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 3,604.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority yesterday published two legal notices notices to harmonise national measures concerning the management of packaging and packaging waste and to prevent waste from end-of-life vehicles by promoting the collection, re-use and recycling of their components.
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The Draft Guidelines that set out the designation framework for the establishment of Marine Protected Areas in the Maltese Islands can be viewed on the MEPA website. The overall objective of designating Marine Protected Areas is to protect and improve the quality of the environment through area management and consequently provide measures to improve the quality of life for users of marine resources.
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An area off the North West coast of Malta, the coast of Rdum Majjiesa and Ras ir-Raheb, is being proposed for a marine protected area, a total distance of 11km of coastline. The area is characterized by sandy and cobble beaches, boulder scree and cliffs. This is being planned so that the underwater habitats in the area are preserved in all their beauty, for the enjoyment of the present and future generations.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority would like to express its disappointment at the position taken by certain environmental NGOs with regards to the consultation seminar proposing Rdum Majjiesa and Ras ir-Raheb as a Marine Protected Area. MEPA invited all NGOs, regardless of the size of their membership, and sponsored their participation at the meeting held on Tuesday 16th March 2004
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) determined 670 applications in March and received 658 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 3,676.
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B'referenza ghal decizjoni li ttiehdet mill-bord tal-MEPA dwar tliet applikazzjonijiet marbuta ma' rimi ta' skart tal-bini f'barrieri qodma, wiehed irid jippreciza li l-Awtorita mhix se taghti l-ebda fondi lill-kunsilli.
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A number of marine turtles this morning were released to their natural habitat in an operation carried out jointly between the Malta Centre for Fisheries Sciences (MCFS) and the Nature Protection Unit of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority.
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Over the last two days, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority took direct action against 18 illegal structures at Shipwreck Promenade, Xemxija.
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During a Press conference held at the picturesque site of Dwejra, Gozo, the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Mr. George Pullicino and the Minister for Gozo Ms. Giovanna Debono announced the setting up of a steering committee to oversee the drafting of a management plan for the Dwejra/Qawra area.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) determined 554 applications in April and received 691 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 3,823.
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Over the past three days the Malta Environment & Planning Authority has hosted a seminar and series of meetings together with the Directors of the European Environment Agency (EEA) to familiarise each other with the roles and functions of the respective organisations.
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Mepa has sealed off the illegal premises known as the Country Castle at Wied Garnaw. The owner was informed, both personally and in writing that the Authority intends to remove the illegalities at his expense
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The Chairman of the Malta Environment & Planning Authority today accepted the resignation of Perit Stephen Farrugia from the post of Director of Planning.
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Il-mepa hejjiet dokument li jitratta l-immaniggjar ta' zoni ghall-hazna fil-miftuh. Dawn iz-zoni huma intenzjonati li jakkomodaw l-ipparkjar u hazna ta' vetturi kbar, trailers, makkinarju bhal krejns u kompressuri, karozza tal-linja, coaches u facilitajiet ta' hard stand ghad-dghajjes u jottijiet.
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By the first week of accession to the EU, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) had submitted no less than 50 applications to the EU for environment-related projects.
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This year for World Environment Day the United Nations Environment Programme is targeting the seas and oceans. UNEP is showing its concern for this habitat. Indeed the title Wanted! Seas and Oceans - Dead or Alive? highlights the dangers which the marine environment faces.
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To mark the occasion of World Environment Day, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority is launching a Summer Campaign with the slogan Let's not drown in Litter. This slogan seeks to convey UNEP's concern for the protection of the seabed.
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Perit Christopher Borg is the new Director of Planning at the Malta Environment & Planning Authority. Perit Borg has had experience as a Planning Officer at the Authority. He has worked for the Malta Development Corporation for a number of years and was recently seconded with Malta Industrial Parks Ltd.
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During the months of May and June 2004, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) determined 1,141 applications of which 644 were determined in May. In the month of May the authority received 741 new applications and the net pending caseload at the end of the month was 4,017.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority placed over 300 tons of soil on a site in Wied Garnaw, limits of Gudja, which was operating as an illegal skip depot.
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A group 15 teachers from the Geography Teachers Association visited the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) to learn more about the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The group was led by its President who is also the Assistant Director - Curriculum Implementation within the Education Division.
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The Malta Environment and Planning Authority was one of the main sponsors of the this year's event, 'Try a Dive for Charity' which was organised by the Atlam Subaqua Club at Qawra Point.
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reference is made to the various reports that appeared in the local newspapers regarding the direct action that was carried out at an illegal skip depot in Wied Garnaw. MEPA would like to emphasise that the action it carried out does not in anyway disregard its own enforcement notice.
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Reference is made to the various reports that appeared in the local newspapers regarding the direct action that was carried out at an illegal skip depot in Wied Garnaw. MEPA would like to emphasise that the action it carried out does not in anyway disregard its own enforcement notice.
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The Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment has published a draft Legal Notice covering the registration of waste management activities. The main aim of the “Waste Management (Activity Registration) Regulations” is to provide a fast track for the registration and permitting of minor waste management activities.
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B'referenza ghal diskors li sar fil-parlament dwar il-prezenza ta' hut mejjet fil-bajja ta' San Tumas, il-MEPA ticcara li ma rceviet l-ebda rapport dwar dan il-kaz. Minkejja li kien ghadda z-zmien minn meta dan il-hut mejjet intlemah fil-bajja, illum ufficjali tal-MEPA xorta marru fuq il-post izda ma nstabu l-ebda indikazzjoni ta' xi hut mejjet.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority is to extend its current weekend emergency service to a continuous one as from Friday 30th July 2004. This emergency service has been in operation since December 2001 and meanwhile MEPA has been studying the possibility of making it more efficient and effective in order to continue in its efforts to curtail development and environmental abuses around the Maltese Islands.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority Board has approved drafts of the Strategic Growth Scenarios Paper and the Issues Paper for the purpose of consultation. These two studies form part of the second phase in the review of the Structure Plan.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) determined 606 applications in July and received 630 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 4,069.
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MEPA together with the Police, today carried out seven spot-checks on factories, warehouses and a private residence. A large quantity of non-alcoholic beverages in cans and bottles was confiscated from these sites, as they did not comply with Legal Notice 158/98.
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Following weeks of investigations, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority together with the Police, yesterday confiscated over 140,000 bottles and 2,000 cans of non-alcoholic beverages from a number of places that were not in compliance with Legal Notice 158/98.
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The Stella Maris Parish Church have carried out important restoration works on the Chapel of Our Lady of Divine Grace (Madonna tal-Grazzja) in High Street, Sliema. This project costing LM 7,000, was financed by the Malta Environment & Planning Authority, through the Environment Initiative Partnership Programme (EIPP) fund that was initiated by the Authority in November 2001.
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The Development Control Commission - Division A, today turned down a development application for the construction of an inorganic waste separation plant in Wied Garnaw, limits of Gudja.
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Malta got a special mention in the European Environment agency seventh progress report with respect to EEA member countries reporting obligations to the agency on environmental data.
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during the last month, with the introduction of the 7-day week Emergency Service last month, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority received 100 reports, 36 concerning pollution control, 6 related to Nature Protection and 58 pertaining development control illegalities.
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The residents of Mellieha and Qala have recently benefited from funds made available through the Environment Initiatives in Partnership Programme (EIPP), initiated by MEPA in November 2001. The funds were used in these localities to create a public garden in Mellieha and embellish the locality of Qala.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority board unanimously turned down the proposal for a golf course in l/o Rabat. The board's decision followed the planning directorate's recommendation for a refusal.
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A block of unfinished apartments, maisonettes and garages were pulled down on Monday 13th September by MEPA after the owner failed to comply with several stop and enforcement notices following illegal development.
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A recent study conducted by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe shows that among the 10 new member states Malta was the country with the largest percentage of EU funded projects for the Environment.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority has published for public consultation a study on the Maltese Landscape. The Study portrays the features and issues that influence the dynamic Maltese landscape.
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Following the success of this summer's animated cartoon series 'Saving Rinu' and in its efforts to ensure the well-being of our sea, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority has produced an educational CD that will be distributed to schools around Malta & Gozo.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority has started work on an experimental project that should make the St. Julians Area a potential diving attraction. Following pilot surveys, a number of artificial reefs have been deployed off Ballutta Bay in strategic points in an area between the Sliema seafront and Dragonara Point.
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During the months of August and September 2004, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) determined 1,685 applications of which 817 were determined in August. In the month of August the authority received 657 new applications and the net pending caseload at the end of the month was 3,914.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority has organized a meeting with NGOs to discuss Environmental Impact Assessments and the role their organisations have in this process.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority has published Regulations covering waste electrical and electronic equipment for public consultation. The regulations transpose the EU Directive 2002/96/EC as amended, otherwise known as the WEEE directive.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority presented the government with a report on the shortlisting of sites for potential golf course development. This follows Government’s announcement that there should be one golf course in Malta and another in Gozo
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority has granted Lm21,000 to help restore the timber balconies in properties belonging to philanthropic, cultural and political organizations and clubs.
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As from this month, together with the planning data which MEPA publishes regularly, a Section on Environmental statistics is being included. This data involves largely the monitoring carried out in the Environment Directorate.
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Over the past fortnight, the direct action team removed more than 600 signs in 4 different operations. These signs were affixed illegally along major road arteries and are most frequently adverts for particular trades.
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The first digital map of the multiple changes that have occurred in Europe's landscapes since 1990 was unveiled today, enabling policy-makers to draw lessons from how their decisions in areas such as agriculture and transport are impacting on the region's finite land resources and the wider environment.
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MEPA TO MAKE USE OF 'GREEN' FUEL FOR ITS FLEET the Malta Environment & Planning Authority is now making use of bio-diesel fuel instead of Petroleum Diesel in its efforts to contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment. The Authority currently runs around the Islands with a fleet of 43 hired diesel model vehicles.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) is taking steps to ensure that all air conditioning units visible from facades, are removed. This is being backed by a legal notice which will come into effect on Tuesday 16th November.
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Parliament approved the estimates of the Malta Environment & Planning Authority for the forthcoming year. Speaking during the parliamentary debate on the Mepa financial estimates, Environment Minister George Pullicino said that contrary to what many people thought, the reports for 95 per cent of applications were drawn up within the stipulated time.
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The Editorial of the Times of the 3rd December 2004 described as impressive the information given in this year's Annual Report by MEPA that no fewer than 27 archaeological sites unearthed in the past year.
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Several employees of the Malta Environment & Planning Authority were involved in a an environmental activity as part of the Clean Up the World Campaign for this year. This campaign is carried out on an international level and, as happened in previous years, Malta is taking an active part in this initiative.
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The Ministry for Urban Development and Roads together with the Malta Environment and Planning Authority are launching a public consultation regarding a development brief for the regeneration of Dock 1 at Cottonera.
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MEPA published the advert on the local papers on 5th December 2004 with a deadline for submission of interest on 27 December 2004. Terms of Reference are available from MEPA reception desk during office hours. Interested parties have three weeks to submit their expression of interest.
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The Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) determined 575 applications in November and received 617 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 3,675.
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The amount of permits granted for the construction of apartments has increased by 70% over the past two years.Statistics compiled through the monitoring of data regarding the issue of permits show that there is a definite shift towards building of apartments. Apartments today comprise 74% of all granted units totaling 4548 in 2003, up from 2657 in 2001 and 3420 in 2002.
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A group of volunteers from the Malta Environment & Planning Authority organised a party for children whose parents are clients of YMCA. The initiative, themed "Fifty smiles for Christmas", was undertaken with the intention of spreading Christmas cheer among children coming from families going through a rough patch.
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