ERA launches information document on green infrastructure in Malta

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Information document launched by the ERA on green infrastructure in MaltaA document on green infrastructure in Malta is now open for public consultation, launched by the Environment and Resources Authority.

The information document on Green Infrastructure (GI) – relates to “landscaping and its planning in natural, rural and urban settings, and promotes greener approaches in landscaping and land management,” the ERA said.

The Authority pointed out that one of the main environmental challenges that is faced today is the small size of the country and the loss of biodiversity associated with degradation.

“The promotion of green infrastructure as well as several on-going and planned green infrastructure projects aim at expanding green open spaces in both rural and urban settings and reducing carbon and water footprint,” the ERA said. It added that various initiatives are also supported by EU funds.

Director of Environment and Resources at ERA Michelle Piccinino, said that “this is a relatively new concept in Malta. Green infrastructure is seen as a solution aimed at bettering quality of life, at improving water and air quality and maintaining biodiversity.

“It has multiple other social, health and economic benefits, besides the more obvious ecological benefits,” she added.

The aim of the consultation document is to provide an informative account of the concept of GI and is intended to help promote and motivate additional initiatives at various levels in line with relevant and applicable national laws, the Authority said.

ERA underlines in the document that “GI needs to be developed whilst taking into account both the natural and social aspects to achieve a better quality of life.”

The information document is available for download by clicking this link.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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