Update – Veteran Gozitan ornithologist and environmentalist Joe Sultana passes away
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Update with PN statement below: Veteran Gozitan ornithologist and environmentalist Joe Sultana, has passed away aged 78. He was born in Xaghra in November 1939 an was educated at the Gozo Lyceum and St. Michael’s College of Education.
A well-known naturalist and passionate ornithologist, Joe Sultana served for several years as President of the Malta Ornithological Society/BirdLife Malta, Council Member of BirdLife International, consultant of the European Diploma for Protected Areas of the Council of Europe, and Principal Environment Officer of the former Dept. of Environment.
Sultana was also involved in the setting up of Malta’s Bird Ringing Scheme, as well as the setting up of Ghadira Nature Reserve and Simar Nature Reserve. Other involvements included the legislation for the official declarations of Filfla, St. Paul’s Islands and Fungus Rock as strict nature reserves.
In April of this year President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca awarded Joe Sultana the Environment and Resources Authority’s National Buonamico Award to mark the occasion of World Wildlife Day.
The Award was made for his valuable contribution to boost Maltese knowledge on biodiversity and national environmental heritage.
Joe Sultana’s book Il-Wirt Naturali ta’ Ghawdex, was launched in Gozo during the summer by BirdLife Malta.
Update – PN Statement
The Nationalist Party has in a statement expressed its sadness at the death of environmentalist Joe Sultana, “who worked tirelessly for the protection of the environment in our country.”
The PN added that he also had a passion for the protection of the countryside, nature and bird conservation.
The Nationalist Party offered its condolences to Joe Sultana;s family and all those who he worked closely with.