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Conservation Measures and Objectives for Malta’s Marine Natura 2000 sites

OPEN CONSULTATION  

  
 
From: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning
(​Environment & Resources Authority)
​Published: ​10 July 2021
Running till: ​5 September 2021
​Last Updated: ​19 July 2021

1.        Background​

 

In terms of Article 51 of the Environment Protection Act (Cap. 549), it is duly notified that the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) has prepared “Conservation Objectives and Measures for Malta’s Marine Natura 2000 sites”, in line with the Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations (S.L. 549.44) and the Conservation of Wild Birds Regulations (S.L. 549.42).

Malta has designated eighteen (18) Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) including Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) forming part of the European Natura 2000 Network aimed at ensuring the long-term survival of species and habitats listed under the Birds Directive 2009/147/EC and the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC. More information regarding these MPAs may be found on the following webpages:

These MPAs need to be subject to management processes aimed at improving or maximising the contribution of the sites to the maintenance or achievement of Favourable Conservation Status (FCS) of the habitats and species listed in the Habitats Directive and the protection of seabirds in accordance with the Birds Directive.

For this purpose, ‘conservation objectives’ are set to guide management processes and enable measurement of progress towards achievement of the overall objectives of the two Directives and ‘conservation measures’ are elaborated to achieve the set objectives through their implementation.

The elaboration of these conservation objectives and measures seek a harmonised approach towards the implementation of European Union and regional policies, and national strategies including inter alia:

  •       the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) targeting the achievement of global and EU targets on biodiversity;
  •       the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC;
  •       the Barcelona Convention for the protection of the marine environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and associated protocols and action plans.



2.        Consultation Questions
 
The proposed conservation objectives and measures are subdivided into two (2) broad categories:​

  • ‘General Objectives and Measures’ for the overall conservation of marine sites;
  • ‘Specific Objectives and Measures’ targeting conservation of each protected feature.

The public is invited to submit any feedback or comments on these draft objectives and measures for Malta’s Marine Natura 2000 sites.


3.        Documents
 
4.        Submission of input
 
Submissions must be sent in through the following channels:
By filling the online questionnaire: clic​k here​

Submissions must be received by 5 September 2021.                             
We thank you in advance for your input.

Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.

Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address: onlineconsultations@gov.mt.

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In addition, please be aware of:
 
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.​


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