New enforcement directorate announced by Environment Minister
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The BirdLife Malta Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday at Salina Nature Reserve, under the patronage of the Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Josè Herrera.
Minister Herrera, in his speech, announced the establishment of a new enforcement directorate within the Environment & Resources Authority (ERA).
He also stated that the Government is “still evaluating last week’s ECJ judgement on finch trapping,” and added that notwithstanding this, he is “personally committed to continue collaborating with BirdLife Malta without any prejudice.” He went on to give further details on the Government’s environmental priorities
BirdLife Malta was also joined at the AGM by representatives of other eNGOs and members. Its recent achievements were highlighted, including it said, “the recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on finch trapping, a brand new selection of publications and the ongoing growth in members supporting our work across the Islands.”
There was also the presentation of BirdLife International’s Nature’s Hero Award to long-term volunteer Nimrod Mifsud and a showcase of our latest video productions for the LIFE Arcipelagu Garnija project and 2018’s successful bird rehabilitation stories.
Minister Herrera presented BirdLife Malta with new management contracts for Simar and Ghadira Nature Reserves and announced that the Government will soon be in a position to sign the final agreement with respect to Salina.
Photograph: Minister Herrera by Eleni Karatzia