Public consultation on illegal dumping and land reclamation launched

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Public consultation on illegal dumping an land reclamation launchedA public consultation on the introduction of regulations aimed against illegal dumping and land reclamation has been launched.

The meeting on the afforestion act was organised by the ERA and the Planning Authority. Present for the event were the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg, Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change José Herrera and Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius, as well as several ENGOs and members of the public.

Minister Ian Borg said that this consultation is an essential part of a process that will boost environmental safeguards – the current situation is relatively alarming, he added, with 377 cases of illegal dumping on more than 190 sites – both public and private.

The Minister made it clear that rules must be drawn up and that decisions must be taken, but insisted on the importance of consultation in favour of transparency and full inclusion.

Minister Ian Borg explained that through these regulations, “the areas of land that are currently polluting our landscape will start to be the lungs of our country and concluded that sustainability is the best balance for a better future, a clean country and improved health – not just for ourselves, but also for future generations.”

Minister Herrera said that the law offers the necessary tools to regenerate dilapidated land for the purpose of afforestation.

He added that this work complements other projects and initiatives – including afforestation in Comino, where around 3,600 trees will be planted.

The Minister said that the Government initiative is for a tree to be planted for every child born in Malta and Gozo.

Photograph: DOI/Clodagh O’Neill

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