Author: Alan Deidun

The Environment and Resources Authority recently launched a public consultation on ambitious targets and interventions for local marine protected areas (MPAs). The consultation on these ‘conservation objectives and measures’ is open until September 5. The measures will eventually feed into fully fledged management plans for the MPAs, analogous to the Natura 2000 sites on land. This wish-list for local MPAs has been a balancing act, following an intensive consultation period with all local marine stakeholders, involving the fishing, scuba diving, transport, infrastructure, tourism and leisure, eNGOs and a handful of other lobbies. This perhaps explains why the wish-list out for…

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You may be forgiven for raising eyebrows at any attempt to draw parallels between the Maltese archipelago and Iceland. After all, despite joining us every two years within the Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE), mainly by virtue of its small population (circa 330,000) rather than its dimensions (roughly 103,000km2, or 300 times the extent of the Maltese archipelago), Iceland is considered to be poles apart from our own context. And the perplexity is perfectly understandable, given the 4,000km which separate the two island nations, with Iceland lying just shy of the Arctic Circle while Malta is entrenched…

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