A Sustainable Development Strategy for the Maltese Islands

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A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR THE MALTESE ISLANDS
2007-2016

Proposed by the

National Commission for Sustainable Development

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A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR THE MALTESE ISLANDS 2007-2016

National Commission for Sustainable Development 20th December 2006

This proposed Sustainable Development Strategy for the Maltese Islands was adopted by the National Commission for Sustainable Development on 13 November 2006, in terms of Article 8 (7f) of the Environment Protection Act (Chapter 435 of the Laws of Malta). It is being submitted by the Commission to the Cabinet of Ministers for possible endorsement by the Government of Malta. This document does not necessarily reflect the views of the Government of Malta.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Objective and Mandate Sustainability is a Two-way Street Implementing the Strategy Layout Priority Areas 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 The Process of Drafting the Strategy 1.2 The Mandate 1.3 The Main Benefits of a Sustainable Development Strategy 1.4 The Criteria Underpinning the Strategy 1.5 Layout of the Document 2. UNDERLYING PRINCIPLES 2.1 The Overarching Vision and Goal 2.2 Sustainability is Multifaceted 2.3 The Democratic Dimension: Participation is Necessary 2.4 Social Responsibility and the Ethical Dimension 2.5 The Political Dimension: Integrative Legislation and Policy 2.6 The International and Regional Dimensions 3. THE PROPOSED STRATEGY FOR MALTA 3.1 Managing the Environment and Resources 3.2 Promoting Sustainable Economic Development 3.3 Fostering Sustainable Communities 3.4 Cross-cutting Strategic Issues 3.4 Cross-cutting Strategic Issues 5 5 6 6 7 7 9 9 9 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 13 13 14 15 15 35 47 57 58

4. IMPLEMENTING THE STRATEGY 4.1 Institutionalising the Development of the Strategy 4.2 Identifying Responsibilities and Structures 4.3 Setting Targets, Monitoring and Evaluation 4.4 Devising Participatory Schemes 4.5 Collaboration between the Public and Private Sectors 4.6 Coordinating and Funding the Strategy 5. THE WAY AHEAD 5.1 Revising the Strategy 5.2 Ongoing Consultation 6. THE PRIORITIES APPENDIX 1: PRIORITY STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The process of drafting the National Strategy for Sustainable Development was initiated during the 5th meeting of Malta’s National Commission for Sustainable Development (NCSD), held on 9 December 2002, when the Commission appointed a Task Force to oversee the preparation of a National Strategy for Sustainable Development, consisting of an overarching vision and principles, listing the aspirations of Government, civil society and the private sector in this regard, and outlining methods of implementation, taking into account Malta’s capacities and constraints. This decision was taken in line with the functions of the Commission, as listed in Article 8(7) of the Environmental Protection Act (Act XX 2001). The Task Force met soon after it was appointed and set in motion a consultative process to prepare the National Strategy for Sustainable Development.1 In March 2006, the National Commission for Sustainable Development appointed a second Task Force, in order to update the original draft of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, published in July 2004, by incorporating suggestions put forward by various organisations and individuals that were consulted during 2004 and 2005 and by government ministries, departments and public sector agencies that were consulted in March 2006. That version was published in April 2006,2 and presented for discussion at a National Conference on Sustainable Development, held on 22 April 2006 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. A third draft of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Maltese Islands was drawn up to incorporate suggestions put forward during the April 2006 Conference. Following a second round of consultation with government departments and other public sector agencies,...
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