What is the purpose of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Malta (NBSAP)?
The main purpose of Malta’s NBSAP is to serve as a national policy driver to further integrate biodiversity concerns into the plans, programmes and policies of those sectors, which are beneficiaries of ecosystem services and/or that may affect Malta’s biological and natural resources. Malta’s NBSAP also directly addresses all three pillars for conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services as defined in the National Environmental Policy (NEP).
The NBSAP provides a comprehensive policy framework for protecting biodiversity in the Maltese islands. It also aims at improving the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity, as well as by reducing pressures on biodiversity and promoting sustainable use.
This document puts forward the long-term vision that all Maltese citizens will value the importance of Malta’s biodiversity and work hand-in-hand with nature in their daily lives. Efforts aimed at sustainable and more resource-efficient choices and actions by local communities and relevant sectors have contributed to a significant improvement in the status of Malta’s biodiversity and associated ecosystem services, for the well-being of present and future generations.
Mepa published the draft NBSAP on February 28.
To view the document visit www.mepa.org.mt/biodiversity-nbsap.