The Malta Independent 5 August 2021, Thursday

First scheme to finance environmental projects by public entities and NGOs

Saturday, 19 June 2021, 14:13 Last update: about 3 months ago

A new fund by the Environment & Resources Authority (ERA) will be financing projects, programmes, and schemes with the aim of environmental protection and improving the quality of life in our islands. This was announced by the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia and ERA CEO Michelle Piccinino.

The minister explained that this multi-million fund will kick off with an initial investment of half a million in the first scheme titled Better Environment in Our Local Urban Spaces (BELLUS).

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He explained that the BELLUS call will be supporting environmental projects tailored towards protecting, restoring, and improving the environment. It is open to public entities, including local councils, voluntary organisations, and educational institutions.

This scheme will finance projects that contribute towards addressing national environmental challenges, thus leading to a healthier environment and an improved quality of life.

Projects must include actions that are tailored towards benefiting the environment whilst relating to the following themes: green and blue infrastructure, afforestation and environmental restoration, improving the local environment, including greening urban areas and quality of countryside, biodiversity and nature protection, and initiatives for conservation and restoration of sensitive zones near urban zones.

Minister Aaron Farrugia said that the government is continuing to invest in the people as it has been doing for the past years, and this fund gives a chance to public entities, local councils, and voluntary organisations to come forward with their projects to improve the local environment and safeguard our islands.

ERA CEO Michelle Piccinino said that by this initiative, ERA will ensure the relevant implementation, promoting synergy to work hand in hand with local councils, schools, various public entities, and NGOs. This investment will bridge the gaps to enhance biodiversity and wellbeing.

The BELLUS scheme will open from 1st July 2021 until 30th September 2021.

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