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24.08.2010 - Hunters plead guilty to Foresta 2000 vandalism
Three young hunters were this morning ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service each after pleading guilty to destroying 104 Foresta 2000 trees last April. [Read More]

11.08.2010 - Beach may get new staircase
The lopsided stairway to Ghajn Tuffieha bay, the target of complaints over the years, may be removed and replaced by more eco-friendly and less invasive wooden steps, embedded in the clay. [Read More]

30.04.2010 - NGOs call for gasoil power station
A number of environment non-governmental organisations have expressed their concern at “the major public health issues” which would result from the emissions of the Delimara Power Station extension. [Read More]

28.04.2010 - Beached stones on Ramla Bay to be removed
Gaia Foundation was instructed to delicately remove beached stones from Ramla Bay in Gozo without harming the fauna living in the protected and unique sand dunes, yet, the Xaghra Local Council [Read More]

27.04.2010 - Beached stones get Xaghra local council, Mepa and Gaia Foundation at loggerheads
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (Mepa) claimed it never received an application from Xaghra local council to remove large stones deposited by rough sea on the sand in Ramla Bay in Gozo while the Gaia Foundation is claiming that it is the manager of the bay and the stones should not be removed. [Read More]

27.04.2010 - GAIA given clearance to remove excess stones from Ramla Bay
The Gaia Foundation was today given Malta Environment and Planning Authority clearance to remove excess stones from Ramla Bay in Gozo. [Read More]

22.04.2010 - Malta becoming environment 'embarrassment' - NGOs
Seven NGOs this afternoon called on the government and the opposition to unite on the hunting issue, saying that Malta was becoming an international and an EU embarrassment on nature protection. [Read More]

02.01.2010 - Update 2: NGOs says their harassement in breach of Aarhus Convention
The purchase of an agricultural field 40 years ago by the president of the Ramblers’ Association in no way indicated any attempt on his part to develop the land, six environmental organisations said. [Read More]

30.10.2008 - Hal Ferh development -Platform for public consultation
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority has proactively sought feedback as part of the public consultation exercise following the issuing of the Ħal Ferħ Development Brief, according to its chairman, Austin Walker. [Read More]

28.10.2008 - NGOs propose changes to Mepa powers
Environmental organisations joined forces in the name of sustainable development and yesterday presented the Prime Minister with a report listing 74 recommendations for the reform of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (Mepa). [Read More]

28.10.2008 - Government in a fix over climate-change Bill
Many have been asking me how is the government likely to react to the Private Member's Bill that I recently tabled in Parliament on the need to legislate on climate change. One does not need to be a rocket scientist to realise that its reaction has been tepid and indifferent at best and that ideally they would like to squash it once and for all. [Read More]

27.10.2008 - NGOs present proposals on MEPA reform
Environmental NGOs this afternoon presented Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi with a list of 74 proposals for the reform of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA).[Read More]

6.10.2008 - Action over climate change
In his article entitled Labour, Elderly And Farmers (September 29) the Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs, George Pullicino, who often seems to enjoy it when he wrongly gets referred to as the Minister for the Environment in the media, showed that the Nationalists remain such a [Read More]

2.10.2008 - Stop developing the countryside, NGOs insist
Eight environmental organisations are calling on the government to stop developing the countryside. [Read More]

1.10.2008 - Development on rural areas continuing unabated, NGOs complain
Nine environmental groups this afternoon jointly appealed to the government to stop the "unsustainable destruction of Malta's rural areas" complaining that permits are still being issued for development outside building areas. [Read More]

16.09.2008 - Mepa reform: Gaia insists on accountability
The reform of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority should focus on ensuring "accountability all down the line", the Gaia Foundation said yesterday. [Read More]

7.09.2008 - Xagħra Scout Group's first camping trip
The parking area at Ramla Bay was home to 18 Leaders, six Scouts and 19 Cub Scouts last month. This was the first camping experience for the newly formed Xaghra Scout Group, who, helped by the more experienced Victoria Scouts, namely ASL David Grech, organised four jam-packed days. [Read More]

27.08.2008 - NGOs call on Mepa to publish Ta' Ċenċ plans
Eight environmental NGOs have called on Mepa to publish online the fresh plans submitted for the extension of the Ta' Ċenċ Hotel in Gozo. [Read More]

26.08.2008 - NGOs call on Mepa to publish Ta' Ċenċ plans
Eight environmental NGOs have called on the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) to publish online the fresh plans submitted for the extension of the hotel at Ta’ Ċenċ in Gozo. [Read More]

20.08.2008 - Pointing a finger
On Saturday 16th August my partner, daughter and I caught a bus to Golden Bay Ghajn Tuffieha to camp there overnight. Around 7pm, when the bus service ended, a park ranger from Gaia and a policeman approached us to let us know there is a law which does not allow camping overnight on the beach. [Read More]

12.06.2008 - Healthy mind, healthy body
Gaiafest is being celebrated at the start of summer between Friday 20 and Sunday 22 June at The Gaia Foundation Elysium Visitor Centre at Għajn Tuffieħa. [Read More]

8.04.2008 - Gozo agro-environmental project launched
Heritage Malta and the Gaia Foundation have signed an agreement for the implementation of an agro-environment and landscaping plan at the Ġgantija Temples in Xagħra Gozo. [Read More]

8.04.2008 - PM's wife lends a hand in beach cleaning event
Kate Gonzi, the prime minister's wife, lent a hand today in a beach cleaning activity at Golden Bay organized by the Richmond Foundation as part of activities marking its 15th anniversary. [Read More]

14.03.2008 - Positive reactions to new Cabinet
The make-up of the new Cabinet, sworn in on Wednesday, has been largely welcomed by constituted bodies and NGOs. [Read More]

3.03.2008 - Blame it on the EU and BirdLife but never on yourself
The Maltese authorities repeatedly refer to the final EU negotiating document dated September 22, 2002 where the EU noted (nota bene: not agreed) Malta's insistence that they will allow the hunting and trapping of turtle dove and quail in spring. [Read More]

14.09.2007 - Planningspeak
Newspeak was coined by George Orwell in his novel Nineteen Eighty Four to refer to the redefinition of words that would help the regime suppress opposition and freedom of speech. Orwell understood that manipulation of language can be a key to control. [Read More]

06.10.2007 - Gaia condemns ranger shooting
The Gaia Foundation condemned the incident that took place in Mellieha earlier this week when Birdlife ranger Ray Vella was hit in the face by shotgun pellets. [Read More]

05.10.2007 - MEPA revokes Ramla permit
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority board yesterday unanimously revoked the permit for the contentious Ramla l-Hamra development in a sitting which the developers' lawyer described as "orchestrated". [Read More]

06.09.2007 - 'Anarchy' on the beaches
The Gaia Foundation has appealed to the authorities to take firm action to stop what it said was the "anarchy" taking place at three of the islands' most popular and protected sandy beaches - Ghajn Tuffieha, Ramla and San Blas. [Read More]

30.06.2007 - EU starts investigating Ramla l-Ħamra permit
The EU has formally started investigating Mepas decision to allow the construction of villas at Ramla l-Ħamra, as there are grounds that there may be a breach of European environmental directives. [Read More]

21.06.2007 - Ramla l-Ħamra development: ‘Threat to long-term employment’
Alternattiva Demokratika said the proposed development at Ramla l-Ħamra posed a danger not only to the traditional character associated with Gozo but also to long-term employment in the tourism sector there. [Read More]

21.06.2007 - Ramla Permit - Government 'will not interfere'
The government said yesterday it did not believe it should interfere in the issue regarding the granting of a permit for the development of a tourist complex on the site of the Ulysses Lodge at Ramla l-Ħamra in Gozo. [Read More]

20.06.2007 - NGOs call for permit to be revoked
Din l-Art Ħelwa and Gaia Foundation have questioned Mepa's decision to issue a permit to redevelop Ulysses Lodge in Ramla Bay, and called for its revocation. [Read More]

20.06.2007 - Ramla Permit - Auditor questions impact study waiver
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority's Audit Officer, Joe Falzon, had criticised the procedure that led to the waiver of an environment impact assessment for the controversial Ramla l-Ħamra project, which was recently given the go-ahead by the Mepa board. [Read More]

19.06.2007 - NGOs to stage protest over Ramla permit
Environmental NGOs are urging people to take to the streets on Monday in protest against the Malta Environment and Planning Authority's approval of a tourist complex at Ramla l-Ħamra in Gozo. [Read More]

14.06.2007 - Mepa under fire for boycott of FAA
A number of environmental organisations, including the Church Environment Commission, have criticised the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (Mepa) for its decision to boycott the environmental organisation Flimkien ghall-Ambjent Ahjar (FAA). [Read More]

17.12.2006 - Peaceboat's maiden voyage to Malta
The Peaceboat, which is a non-government and non-profit organisation dedicated to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment has, over the last few years, organised a series of global voyages on board the cruise liner Topaz, in order to forward its aims. [Read More]

09.11.2006 - Indigenous plants and organic food at Gaia open weekend
The Gaia Foundation, which strives to protect Malta's environment and promote sustainable living, will kick off the new season with a double event this Saturday and Sunday, an open weekend being held at The Elysium Environment Visitor Centre at Għajn Tuffieħa. [Read More]

20.07.2006 - Protection of Għajn Tuffieħa and Ramla
As part of its coastal management work, The Gaia Foundation has recently installed new information signs in the protected areas of Għajn Tuffieħa and Ramla Bay, Gozo.
The signs inform visitors about the nature trails and the dune systems where plants need to remain undisturbed. Other boards contain the site regulations, prohibiting off-roading, camping, open fires and littering. [Read More]

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