FEE International visits Malta to carry out a country audit
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The Director General of the Foundation for Environmental Education – FEE has recently been in Malta to carry out a country Audit on FEE programmes running in the islands. FEE carries out regular audit checks on the countries coordinating FEE programmes to inspect beaches, hotels and schools and to monitor that the standards of its programmes and eco labels are being upheld. FEE Malta is represented by Nature Trust (Malta) who runs so far three of the five main FEE programmes / eco labels – Eco Schools or as it is known locally EkoSkola, Blue flag for beaches and marinas and Young Reporters for the Environment – YRE. The other two programmes are Green Key which is a well know eco label for Hotels and the LEAF – Learning about Forests.
Mr Finn Bolding – FEE Director visited various beaches in the Maltese Islands – including the Blue Flag beaches, San Gorg and Bugibba Perched beach and the Beach of Quality beaches Golden Bay and Mellieha Bay. He also inspected other potential beaches including rocky beaches that the local authorities are working on to upgrade to these co labels and recommended some others having potential to reach the standards
During a meeting with MTA and Dr Demarco, Mr Bolding expressed FEE’s satisfaction at the high level of standards maintained at san Gorg and Bugibba Beach. He also noted that the Mellieha Bay and Golden Bay were doing progress in their target to becoming Blue Flag beaches. Mr Bolding also raised the issue with MTA on the possibility that Hotels in Malta start to consider the Green Key eco label since now even Hotel chains are going in for this fast growing Eco label
FEE also meet with the Director General of the Education Department- Prof Grace Grima and other Education officials and commented on the excellent work being carried out in the Ekoskola programme which was fully supported by the Education Ministry. Malta has one of the highest school participation percentage in this programme. Ekoskola is a programme promoting student empowerment. Malta is also know for its EkoParliament annual event which is a perfect example of giving a voice to the children.
Mr Bolding also meet other local FEE programmes supports helping Nature Trust in the running of the programmes – these included HSBC Malta who is also the International partner of Eco Schools Climate change project, and Wasteserv who are the Horizontal partners of FEE Malta through their support to all three programmes run in Malta. In fact waste management is one of the main themes found in all programmes
Mr Bolding said that in Malta’s case this was a perfect example of a joint cooperation between an NGO and public and Private partners. He was pleased to note that Nature Trust (Malta) as FEE malta had managed to get on board Government (Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs, Ministry for Education, Malta Tourism Authority and Wasteserv) and the Private sector – HSBC Bank Malta as partners.
The Foundation for Environmental Education is an International non profit non governmental NGO that was set up some thirty years ago after the World’s first earth Summit. Its aim was to promote environmental education and sustainable Development but with a bottom up approach.
Today FEE is present in over 60 countries worldwide in all corners of the globe including USA, China, New Zealand, South Africa etc. The two main programmes are Blue Flag and Green Flag. Malta joined the FEE family in 2002 with the launch of the first programme EkoSkola. Today Nature Trust is a full member of FEE due to its excellent coordination of the programmes.
NTM President and FEE Malta Coordinator said that the visit was successful and it not only confirmed the good work being carried out in this sector by Nature Trust but has encouraged the NGO to introduce the FEE programmes in Malta in the coming years. Running FEE programmes is not an easy task but results are very encouraging.
Photograph shows FEE Director Mr F Bolding, Parl Sec Dr Demarco, MTA CEO Mr Formosa Gauci and NTM President Mr V Attard.