Nature Trust expresses its concern on the recent MEPA decisions
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Nature Trust (malta) expresses its concern on the recent MEPA decisions of the Power Station and Free Port extension approval . While NTM is not entering into the merits of such applications at this stage of the process, the concern is more geared to the fact that on the eve of a MEPA reform, mega projects are being considered by the Mepa boards. The NGO feels that if the authorities really believe in the reform and sustainable development and want to get the public to believe that there is a goodwill to really improve MEPA operations, such decisions should have been postponed till the reform is in place within a few months time.
Nature Trust (Malta) acknowledges the fact that the Freeport is an important economic decision and that the Power generation is really required for our future needs – however the decision timing are not right and that in the case of such mega projects the studies should be carried out. The NGO also acknowledges the fact that in our Islands the NIMBYS syndrome is a strong issue making development problems more complex
Marsaxlokk Bay is already facing current water problems that are continuously eating up the sensitive and protected habitat found at il-Ballut salt marsh. The water current problems first occurred with the development of the Delimara power station and later made worse with the development of the Malta Freepost. Up to some decades ago the port of Marsaxlokk was very rich with Posidonia meadows and fish. Today the marine ecology is a disaster, Dredging by the Free port, the hot waters of the power station and the Tuna industry have degraded this area completely
The NGO feels that until such a reform is in place which, it hopes should also give a stronger say to the environment wing of the authority, such projects should not even be discussed.
Nature Trust (Malta)