What is the use of Mepa? - http://www.maltastar.com/
12 June 2007

Ramla Bay’s development of villas approved by MEPA and the proposed development at Hondoq ir-Rummien are two examples of the continued lack of respect of locally unique and environmentally sensitive areas that should be prioritised for their conservation and long term protection.

The Biological Conservation Research Foundation (BICREF) expressed serious concern that locally we still seem to have lots to learn and implement with regard to safeguarding our heritage and valuable resources.

The foundation asked: “What is the use of having an authority to plan local development if indeed even the person in the street can appreciate the increasing loss and decreased quality of our natural environment and lives?”

The green NGO said that even without environment impact assessments these locally unique sites should deserve protection in effective ways. “We need to invest in monitoring and improving our naturally precious sites. Ramla Bay already suffers from various anthropogenic impacts so how wise is it to increase this pressure with new developments close by”.

The usual excuse for the need of someone to make money from more and more developments on and around these islands is not tenable any longer as it is increasingly clear that all these misplaced developments will place more costs on our future generations, BICREF insisted.

“How thoughtful is it to promote villas with swimming pools close to the sea and taking greater area for leisure and pleasure of a minority yet again?”
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12 Jun 2007 by Saveramla.com