Policy

BirdLife Malta works to stay up-to-date on any changes or introductions of policy which may affect the environment and wildlife. We strive to ensure our environment and the species that inhabit it receive the best possible protection for long term sustainability.

BirdLife Malta policy developmentPublic consultations
As part of this work, we react to public consultations on developments, policies, strategies, laws, and other regulatory measures that the Government publishes in order to identify and evaluate potential impact on these ecosystems and on citizens living in surrounding areas. We actively raise potential concerns over planned developments we want to prevent to decrease the likelihood of pollution, damage, or destruction of the natural environment in the future.

Policy on an EU level
As a member of the BirdLife International network, we maintain regular communication with our partner in Brussels to support our advocacy work on topics of environmental importance on both a national and EU level.  We also attend task force meetings with all European BirdLife partners to share valuable knowledge, experience and updates on ongoing projects. During the Maltese EU Presidency in 2017, we utilised this opportunity to cooperate with national NGOs to strengthen local partnerships and to influence decision-making with a common voice through direct communication with relevant stakeholders.

Want to learn more?
You can stay up-to-date on our policy work by reading our latest reactions and position papers below.

Reactions to public consultations

BirdLife Malta reacts to Public Consultations of Planning Applications, Government and European Policies, Plans and Strategy Papers including industrial, commercial and individual (such as housing) development applications that have an impact on the natural environment. Due to our experience in the field of working towards preserving the Maltese natural environment – including terrestrial and marine ecosystems – BirdLife Malta alongside with other Maltese environmental organisations are invited to react to public consultations within three weeks of opening the call.

2022

BirdLife Malta comments on the National Animal Welfare Strategy, presented as part of the public consultation process

BirdLife Malta comments on an application to demolish existing structures and construct a garage and residential units at a site located less than 20m from BirdLife Malta’s Simar Nature Reserve

BirdLife Malta’s representation on the embellishment project for Ramla Bay in Gozo (PA 02977/22 Ramla Masterplan)

BirdLife Malta’s representation on PA 03071/22, a proposal to demolish existing two disused farms and construct tourism accommodation in Marsaxlokk

BirdLife Malta’s representation on PA 02673/22, proposing a hard rock quarry in Bengħajsa, Birżebbuġa

BirdLife Malta’s comments on the updated EIA report in relation to the redevelopment of the existing derelict Delimara Bay Hotel

BirdLife Malta’s comments on the proposed Gozo Rural Airfield, Xewkija

BirdLife Malta’s representation regarding PA 00676/22 proposing multi-purpose sports village in Ta’ Qali

BirdLife Malta’s comments on the Guidelines for Good Forestation Practices for the Maltese Islands

Recommendations on the EIA Terms of Reference for the amended application to propose an iconic Tourism Complex to the already approved full permit PA 2478/16, San Ġiljan

BirdLife Malta’s recommendations for the EIA Terms of Reference for PA 05420/21 Construction of Corinthia Oasis, Mellieħa

Feedback on the Intent and Objectives:  Guidelines for Good Forestation Practices for the Maltese Islands

BirdLife Malta comments about the public consultation regarding the amendments to the Daily Penalties (Environment) Regulations

Recommendations on the Terms of Reference for the EIA on the proposed scuttling of the M/T Hephaestus at a site off the south coast of Qala, Gozo to create a new diving attraction

Representation regarding application PA 07577/21 to restore rubble walls and install timber gates in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Special Protection Area (SPA) in the coastal area of Żurrieq

 

2021

Objection to development application PA 08194/21 submitted by Marsaxlokk Mayor Stephen Grech to transform Marsaxlokk Primary School garden into a community centre for the Local Council

Recommendations on Terms of Reference on the Closure, Aftercare and Rehabilitation of Landfills and Excavation Voids

Response to the EIA report on the Mellieħa Bay Hotel redevelopment

Comments on EIA for the redevelopment of the Comino Hotel and bungalows

Recommendations as part of the public consultation on the draft national programme for the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF)

Comments on the public consultation for the EIA report on the redevelopment of the Ramla Bay Resort, Marfa (Mellieħa)

Comments on the redevelopment of the seaside lidos belonging to the Sunny Coast Hotel, Luzzu, and the Seashells Resort at Suncrest Hotel

Comments on the construction of greenhouses and solar farm in Mġarr

Comments on public consultation for the EIA report for the proposal of the construction of the Malta-Italy gas pipeline EU Project of Common Interest

Recommendations on the Terms of Reference for the EIA for the Valletta Breakwater

Comments in relation to the redevelopment of the Comino Hotel at San Niklaw and Santa Marija Bays, Comino

Feedback by BirdLife Malta, Friends of the Earth Malta & Moviment Graffitti on the Malta Low Carbon Development Strategy

Comments on the public consultation document “Conservation Objectives & Measures For Malta’s Marine Natura 2000 sites”

Recommendations on the “Conservation Objectives and Measures for Malta’s Terrestrial Natura 2000 sites”