National Strategy for the Environment

ERA is in the process of preparing the National Strategy for the Environment (NSE), a strategic far-sighted governance document that will set the policy framework for plans, policies and programs issued under the same Act or under any other Act for the protection and sustainable management of the environment.

Through this National Strategy, planning for approximately the next 30 years – to 2050 – will be undertaken and it will set out what should be done for our environment within a generation. This long-term approach aims to look at what is necessary beyond the usual 5 to 10 year cycles and forward thinks where the environment should be at in 2050.

The main objectives of the NSE are to:

   • ensure a better and sustainable quality of life,

   • provide clear and long-term direction for our environment,

   • set out national environmental targets,

   • address the main environmental challenges Malta is facing and

   • integrate and synergise efforts of all policies and stakeholders who directly or indirectly influence the state of       our environment.

The process to develop the NSE will involve envisioning the desired future state of Malta’s environment until 2050 and establishing the strategic priorities to reach this vision. Detailed objectives and measures will then follow for 10-year periods, (i.e. until 2030, 2040 and 2050). An action plan will also accompany the Strategy, consisting of timeframes, budgets and responsibilities for each of the measures, to ensure that the Strategy is a workable plan of action with clear parameters for its implementation.

Setting the Strategy in the right framework is essential in its early stages. To this effect, the first focus of the Strategy will be the preparation of a Vision for 2050. The underlying premise is that a healthy environment is both our duty and our right and it is each and everyone’s moral and legal obligation to contribute towards a sustainable future.

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