The first major step in the development of the NSE was the publication of a Vision for 2050. The Vision for 2050 was developed following a thorough scenario building exercise, through which multiple scenarios were explored so as to support decision-making processes by providing an analytical framework for finding suitable, or robust options with regard to a specific policy target.
The methodology chosen to identify the lead scenario for 2050 was based on the Environmental Scenario Analysis method used by the Partnership for European Environment Research (PEER). A holistic approach was also adopted, where it was acknowledged that safeguarding the environment cannot be addressed without considering economic and social aspects. The robust method involved extensive consultations with a wide range of stakeholders and experts who have a bearing on the environment, as well as a Citizen Survey. Further detail on the methodology can be found in the Scenario Analysis Methodology document.
The scenario analysis exercise resulted in the selection of a Wellbeing First Vision for 2050 where strategic alignment across government entities creates a robust policy framework that contributes to an improved quality of life that endorses environmental limits. This is reinforced by greater collaboration among government, citizens and stakeholder groups in decision making. The removal of silos improves environmental, social and economic wellbeing dimensions at par with each other in a holistic manner.
In a Wellbeing First Vision, success is measured on what really matters for quality of life, and the environment is increasingly recognised as fundamental to a system supporting overall wellbeing. Furthermore, synergy between public and private domains creates a roadmap with targets and goals into which businesses willingly become involved in, and public institutions benefit from learned input derived from private enterprise.
Annexes to the Vision Document
Environment in Malta: Today and the Future – Citizen Survey Report
Intent for the National Strategy for the Environment and its Vision for 2050 – Consultation Brief
Intent for the National Strategy for the Environment and its Vision for 2050 – Public Consultation Submissions & Responses Report
NSE: Recognizing Malta’s Environmental Challenges Paper
Scenario Analysis Methodology
Scenario Analysis: Synopsis of Stakeholder Meetings
Public Consultation on the Vision Document
Wellbeing First: A Vision for Malta’s Environment, National Strategy for the Environment 2050 –Consultation Brief
Wellbeing First: A Vision for Malta’s Environment, National Strategy for the Environment 2050 – Public Consultation Submissions & Responses Report