Notwithstanding the fact that the public consultation took place in the middle of summer, the overwhelming response clearly shows that Maltese people value nature and would like to see that these vast stretches of land and sites of historic heritage that contribute to the public’s well-being will be provided a further layer of protection to ensure they are not only maintained and preserved today, but safeguarded for generations to come.
The public consultation period is now over and the proposals will be forwarded with recommendations in an Annual Report to the Minister for Lands, to be considered by Parliament after it reconvenes from summer recess.
The ENGOs hope that the support and comments submitted through this initiative will send a strong signal to parliament which will hopefully approve the protection of all the sites on the list.
* List of sites:
Site at Manoel Island (2016-1), Site at Wied Garnaw (2016-2), Site at Hondoq, Qala (2016-3), Site at Kalanka, Delimara (2016-4), Site of three historic landmark trees, Ta’ Xbiex (2016-5), Site of beaches from St.George’s Bay to Sliema (2016-6), Sites at Valletta coastline and Fort St. Elmo (2016-7), Sites from St. Thomas Bay (Marsascala) to Xrobb l-Ghagin (Marsaxlokk) (2016-8), Sites from Siggiewi to Zurrieq (2016-9), Sites: Pinetum beyond Floriana fortification walls and Argotti, St Philips and Sa Masion Public Gardens (2016-10), Stretch of land from Gnejna to Mtahleb (2016-11), Villa Guardamangia, Pieta (2016-12), Site at Simblija (2016-13), Comino (2016-14), Citadella, Victoria, Gozo (2016-15), Site at Ta Cenc, Sannat (2016-16), Site at Has-Saptan and Wied Zembaq (2016-17), Site at Is-Simblija (including Wied ir-Rum, Ta’ Baldu and Wied Hazrun) (2016-18), Site at Il-Ballut tal-Wardija (2016-19), Site at il-Ballut tal-Imgiebah (l/o Mellieha) (2016-20), Site at Ras ir-Raheb and Qlejgha (2016-21), Site at Fomm ir-Rih (2016-22), Comino (2016-23) and Nwadar National Park (2017-1).