Welcome to The Environment Indicators 2009, which help us keep track of progress and trends in the state of the Maltese environment. With this publication, which is the 5th annual publication of its kind, we are once again aiming to provide easy access to environmental information to policy-makers, organisations and the general public. This booklet complements the state of the environment report, which is published every 3 years. Updating the latest Environment Report published in 2010, which reflected the situation in 2008, the data in this booklet covers 2009, or provides the latest available data if it is earlier than 2009.

As in previous editions, each indicator is accompanied by a smiley, neutral or sad face, to help readers to track progress with regards to particular environmental indicators. It is important to note, however, that the award of a smiley (or not) depends on two criteria: the overall dimension of the environmental problem as well as the trend. This means that an indicator is awarded a smiley if the overall situation, as well as the recent trend, are both positive. On the other hand, if there is a small positive trend but the overall trend remains a matter of concern, the indicator is not awarded a smiley.
This booklet of environmental indicators is published by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority in partnership with the National Statistics Office, and draws on datasets from across the Maltese government and other organisations.
For more information, send an e-mail on info@era.org.mt.

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