The first ever integrated National Environment Policy has recently been launched for public consultation. The policy is a major milestone in Government’s work to ensure that a streamlined approach to the management of the environment and it is the first time that such a detailed and holistic approach has been taken to address different environmental, economic and social needs.
The proposed policy has been developed following extensive consultation with key stakeholders with the aim of ensuring that key issues affecting the environment and the use of economic resources are taken on board. The policy aims to develop a streamlined approach to the management of the environment and also outlines ways in which such objectives can be implemented in the long term.
The consultation document is divided into six main chapters that tackle various environment-related issues including Malta’s environmental priorities, greening the economy, safeguarding environmental health, the efficient and sustainable use of resources, improving the local environment, greening Gozo and long-term sustainability issues.
The National Environment Policy also takes existing national, European and multinational obligations into account, but is not restricted to these matters. The policy also integrates and prioritises the environmental activities of Government for the period 2011-2020, with a special focus on improving policy implementation in the environmental field.
The Policy also reflects integrates the sectoral environmental policies that have already been launched, such as the Air Quality and Waste Strategy Plans. It also provides guidance for policies relating to sectors that are not strictly environmental in nature but which are deeply affected by the state of the surrounding natural and urban environment, such as transport, health, tourism, health, it provides guidance on environmental priorities sector.
The policy document can be downloaded from www.opm.gov.mt/ambjent, while feedback and suggestions can be sent to envpolicy.opm @gov.mt