Second Public Consultation – Guidelines on Works involving Trees

​CONSULTATION BRIEF

Start date: 16th August 2018

Closing date: 27th September 2018

Title of the public consultation: Second Public Consultation: Guidelines on Works Involving Trees

Entity: Environment & Resources Authority

1. Background

The Trees and Woodlands Protection Regulations, 2018 (LN 258/18), is the principal legal instrument that regulates which trees are protected and therefore whether a permit is required for works thereon.

The Environment & Resources Authority (ERA) acknowledges that the permitting system in place for interventions on protected trees will gain considerably from promotion of best practice on such works. ERA hence developed this framework to follow by presenting a list of conditions that shall be observed when carrying out interventions which can potentially be damaging to trees. These conditions seek to find a balance between works that are to be carried out and the health of the trees in question in order to ensure their long-term survival and their various ecological services.

These Guidelines have been divided into various sections, dealing with permits, registration of specialists and different works which are potentially damaging to trees. The first draft was issued for first public consultation in February/March 2018. A copy of the submissions received including ERA responses for each is also being published with the draft document. Following the consultation exercise, a number of changes were carried out, which are being reproduced in highlighted text.

2. Consultation questions

The public is invited to submit any feedback or comments on the proposed changes carried out to the first draft, and shown in highlighted text.

3. Documents

Guidelines on Works Involving Trees (Final Draft for 2nd Public Consultation)
First Public Consultation Submissions & Responses Report​​​

4. Submission of feedback:

By E-mail to: era.policyconsultation@era.org.mt

By Post to:
2nd Public Consultation – Guidelines on Works Involving Trees
Environment and Resources Authority
Hexagon House,
Spencer Hill,
Marsa MRS 1441

5. Further notes:

For further information: contact ERA on info@era.org.mt or on 2292 3500​​​