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Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection (Amendment) Regulations, 2019



From: Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Environment & Resources Authority)
​Published: ​8 February 2019
Running till: ​8 March 2019
Last Updated: ​31 July 2019
Consultation Outcome: Final Report

Original Consultation

1.        Background

ERA is revising the provisions of the Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations (principal regulations) so as to provide additional protection measures to protected sites and species, as well as strengthen the regulatory and monitoring function of the competent authority.

The proposed amendments shall allow ERA to issue protection notices for the conservation of particular habitats, species, natural features or categories. Such notices, which allow for protection measures to be placed in a timely manner, may include conditions or restrictions to support the conservation of such species or habitats.  

Through the proposed regulations additional safeguards shall also be in place for a number of species, including butterflies, orchids, corals and sharks, adding different protection levels to additional species. The Schedules in the principal Regulations are also being proposed for amendment to reflect recent amendments made to the Appendices/Annexes of the CMS (United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild animals) and SPA/BD Protocol (Unities Nations Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean), as well as due to recent scientific advances.

The proposed amending regulations shall moreover strengthen the provisions concerning invasive alien species, providing the possibility of issuing removal orders to facilitate the removal, uprooting or eradication of specimens detrimental to the environment.

Finally, additional penalties have also been introduced particularly for offences undertaken within protected sites.

2.        Consultation Questions
In line with article 55 of the Environment Protection Act (Cap. 549) the public is invited to make submissions to ERA with their comments as to why and how these regulations could be amended.​

3.        Documents

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Comments cannot exceed 10,000 characters. If you think your submission will exceed this limit please make use of the email address published on this consultation page.   

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·         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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