Malta - Environment

Malta's most significant environmental problems include inadequate water supply, deforestation, and the preservation of its wildlife. The country's extremely limited fresh water resources have led to increasing dependence on desalination. The nation's agriculture suffers from lack of adequate water for crops due to limited rainfall. Currently, 31% of Malta's land area is arable land and 3% is planted with permanent crops. Malta was one of the first countries to ratify the 1976 Barcelona Convention for the protection of the Mediterranean from pollution. Malta's government has made recent efforts to control environmental damage including passage of the Environmental Protection Act of 1991 and the creation of a Ministry for the Environment. The Ministry of Health and Environment belongs to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. In cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund, the Ghadira wetland area was made a permanent nature reserve in 1980. According to the United Nation reports in the mid-1990s, a significant proportion of Malta's animal and plant life is in danger of extinction. Endangered species include the slender-billed curlew, Mediterranean monk seal, hawksbill turtle, and Atlantic ridley.

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Jul 3, 2010 @ 7:19 pm
Unfortunately the environment in Malta is not as good as you make it sound. Yes, we sign loads of conventions, but then we forget them. Malta was the first to raise the issue of Climate change 20 years ago, but now not even 1% of our energy we get from alternative energy sources.

I don't know if we have as much as 31% arable land (sounds high to me) but what I do know is that we have all of 27% of land built up, compared to 7% average in Europe. And then our Government went and turned a further 3% countryside over for building, just to please the developers!

The governments, one after another, they have done nothing to stop the illegal extraction of groundwater which arrives that we are taking twice what the water table can supply so we are draining it and it refills with salty water. At the same time they don't impose the laws on energy efficiency and water saving in new buildings being planned.
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Mar 14, 2011 @ 9:09 am
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Apr 1, 2011 @ 2:02 am
I was born in Malta when my father was a serving British air force officer and having returned to Malta after many years, I am so utterly devastated at the changes I have seen on this most beautiful island with beautiful people. Has your minister for the environment not been aware of the possible consequences due to the amount of building on the island. Environmentally you are in for some very tough times ahead. The loss of even one small species is a warning sign to the human population. The island has some improvements for tourists but for the local population, the traffic pollution and traffic jams, air pollution, contamination from refuse that will eventually sink to ground water and many other hazards will see a rise in cancers, childhood genetic conditions and ill health. Please look after your island as you only have one.

A blanket five-year ban needs to be placed on any new building works, considering the thousands and thousands of properties which often lay empty for years and years. A census to find out what is really happening should be a priority. I will always have a special place in my heart for Malta but I am so very sad to see what is happening to this once beautiful place. Only the Maltese people can force change and see the island as their own personal home and take very good care of it. Best Wishes
Robert Montanaro Gauci
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Dec 1, 2011 @ 11:11 am
The Maltese goverment is now trying to produce more solar energy by introducing subsidies for the installation of domestic solar panels, yet all this is a result of a threat the EU put on the goverment. The maltese islands are being ruined because of the huge amount of air pollution together with the constent construction developments which are taking up all the country sides
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Mar 24, 2015 @ 6:06 am
I have been thinking of visiting Malta but unless some inspiring action is taken about the environment I wont.It would be depressing.
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