Following concerns expressed by a number of environmental NGOs regarding the protection of trees, due to the fragmentation of responsibilities between different departments among others, the Opposition expressed its concern.
Following the announcement of work in favour of tree protection, the Opposition believes the government is only reacting after damage to trees occurs.
The PN spokesperson for the environment, Charlo Bonnici, asked what happened to the tree protection committee and whether an action plan has been presented.
He also asked for the measures taken against excessive pruning that took place over the past days and the measures taken to prevent against similar incidents to that at the Hamrun Boys Lyceum.
The Opposition insisted for clear replies to put people’s minds at rest that the government is committed to protect trees.
It believes in the need for more trees for the protection of health and environment. It reiterated the commitment for positive and coordinated action to increase the number of trees on the island. It appealed the government to implement a coordination plan before more damage takes place.