And the value of the artworks can’t be lower than 1% of the price paid for the land lot
The target is to plant over 3,000 endemic trees and shrubs and remove invasive species
A habitat restoration project is underway on Comino, a small island with an area of 3.5 sq km, wedged between Malta and Gozo, reports Times of Malta. As part of the project which started on Monday, invasive species such as the prickly pear or wattle will be replaced by plants native to the local wetlands.
Re-establishing native marshes
Workers from the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) and Ambjent Malta will recreate two brackish water ponds at Qala ta’ Santa Marija, a Natura 2000 site, so as to re-establish a native marshland environment. They will also transplant six olive trees that are foreign to the site’s native habitat, remove makeshift stone barbecues and other structures and restore rubble walls in the area.
The works are a continuation of projects on Comino that commenced in 2017 as part of the management plan of the protected area. These works include advancing the planting of over 3,000 endemic trees and shrubs in three abandoned fields, installing wooden fences to protect phrygana (garrigue), a type of Mediterranean-specific low brush found in the Blue Lagoon area and making fencing and security improvements at the Tal-Fulu camping site.
There are also plans to remove disused electrical poles, close off some pathways that cause “fragmentation of garrigue and grassland habitats” on Comino, as well as undertake underwater and coastal clean-ups. ERA has said that it would be briefing the public about the progress of works on Comino before the start of the summer season and would also invite the media to visit the island and see works undertaken.
The environmental regulator has drawn fire from NGOs for its handling of the Natura 2000 site in recent months, after it failed to put a stop to dirt road-reparation works undertaken by Gozo Ministry without a planning permit.
ERA temporarily ordered a halt to those works after visitors posted photos of concrete-lined trenches dug in the protected area. The regulator subsequently allowed the works to recommence, saying they would be carried out with “mitigation measures to curb environmental damage without impinging on the area’s natural integrity.” A restoration plan agreed with the contractor would “reinstate the impacted area to its former natural state,” ERA assured.
The price of monthly passes, however, will remain the same so that regular commuters won’t have to worry
The design of the new bills will be chosen in 2026
The first-of-their-kind, the two-wheelers have already been turning heads in France
Linköping (Sweden) wins in the European Rising Innovative City category
Nijlen wants to be known as a bee-friendly town, which transforms words into actions
It will cost 39, instead of the regular 49 euros, in a bid to make public transit even more accessible
The Spanish island town gets high marks for creating an urban environment fully inclusive of people with disabilities
The Dutch capital is vigorously trying to remake its image and reputation and put forward what makes it a breathing livable city
Apply by 10 November and do your part for the transformation of European public spaces
This one could be a real game-changer for our built environments and the way they look
The practical art objects are competing for one of the 2023 New European Bauhaus Prizes
An interview with a member of the No Hate Speech Network team
A talk with the first man to circumnavigate the globe with a solar plane, on whether sustainability can also be profitable