The 15 NGOs that united in one effort to save Dwejra from further development have been overwhelmed by the massive support by the general public in the past days. Following the scandalous decision by the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal to overturn the Planning Authority’s refusal for further development in Dwejra, this front of NGOs urged people to donate and raise funds so that a court appeal could be filed. In less than two days over €3,000 were donated.
Over €3,000 collected in less than two days, Environment and Planning Review Tribunal decision will be appealed in Court
Dwejra in Gozo is iconic and needs protection. It is a Natura 2000 site and is designated as Dark Sky Heritage Area. It is one of the best diving spots, and is surrounded by sedimentary rocks with an array of fossils. Its beauty lies in the fact that it remains more or less pristine. At night this place can give spectacular views of the dark sky and stars while the iconic Scopoli’s Shearwater use the cliffs as their breeding habitat. Light pollution and increased development will damage this area. Both BirdLife Malta and the Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy had officially objected to the development proposed and hence have the right to appeal it at court.
Not only does this successful fundraising campaign pave the way for the court appeal, but it also sends a clear message that civil society is strong and a force to be reckoned with. The NGOs would like to thank the people for their support which motivates them further to fight for this cause, while promising to remain fighting to safeguard the natural and cultural heritage of our islands for the benefit of all.
The 15 NGOs united in this front are:
- Bicycle Advocacy Group
- BirdLife Malta
- Din l-Art Ħelwa
- Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar
- Friends of the Earth Malta
- Isles of the Left
- Light Pollution Awareness Group
- Moviment Graffitti
- Nature Trust Malta
- Ramblers Association
- The Archaeological Society Malta
- The Astronomical Society of Malta
- The Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy
- Wirt Għawdex
- Żminijietna – Leħen ix-Xellug
Read the Maltese version of the press release here.