National Environmental Policies

One of the ways with which ERA protects and manages the environment is through the formulation and implementation of national policies.

Plans or policies serve as a framework to guide environmental protection initiatives and are often developed to support legislation. These include Strategies, Plans, Programmes and Guidance Documents. The policy development process provides the public with a number of opportunities to review and provide feedback on draft plans or policies which are being developed. Policies for public consultation may be found here, while archived public consultations may be found here. Having your say in the development of environmental policies is your right​ and helps ERA make better policy.

Below is a list of national policy documents developed and carried forward by ERA.

​Theme ​Title ​Approval Date
​Ambient Air Quality Air Quality Plan for the Maltese Islands ​January 2010
​​​Biodiversity & Nature​ ​ ​ ​ Malta National Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan 2012 - 2020 ​December 2012
Management Plans for Terrestrial Natura 2000 Sites in Malta & Gozo ​March 2017
Guidelines on Works involving Trees
​​Linji Gwida Dwar Xogħlijiet Li Jinvolvu Siġar – Verżjoni Mqassra
​- Guidelines on Works Involving Tree – Summarised Version​

​January 2019
​Investing in the Multi-Functionality of Green Infrastructure (GI) - An Information Document to support GI Thinking in Malta ​January 2019
​Environmental Noise ​Noise Action Plan ​January 2013
​​Water ​ ​ ​The Water Catchment Management Plan for the Maltese Islands March 2011
​​The 2nd Water Catchment Management Plan for the Malta Water Catchment District 2015 - 2021 ​April 2016
Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC): Malta's Programme of Measures Summary Report ​April 2017
​Waste Management ​ Waste Management Plan for the Maltese Islands, A Resource Management Approach, 2014 - 2020 (MSDEC) ​January 2014
​Terms of Reference for the Management and Disposal of Dredged Material  ​July 2019
​Other Operating Procedures on Beach Cleaning ​July 2017​​​