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Malta NGOs



• Biological Conservation Research Foundation (BICREF)
Conservation Biology is the science that deals with the study of endangered species and habitats. It also deals with the study of natural resources and their sustainable use. Planning and managing biodiversity and species survival in the long-term is extremely difficult without the biological knowledge of the processes and dynamics of the species and habitats involved. Different techniques in conservation science have been developed in aid to protect vulnerable species through proper assessment and monitoring. As a bio-conservation specialist, Dr. Adriana Vella, Ph.D. is involved in upgrading local knowledge of conservation biology and its applications to the local requirements.


• BirdLife Malta
It was set up in 1962 and it's mission is the protection of wild birds and their habitat. This NGO monitors activity that threatens wild birds, particularly hunting and trapping.


• International Animal Rescue
This organisation was set up in 1993.Some of the objectives are to rescue, give aid and assistance to animals in need both those living in the wild or domesticated. International Animal Rescue raises awareness amongst the public and the authorities of the many ways the animals are being exploited. It helps stamp out cruelty to animals and promotes animal rights both in Malta and abroad.


• Light Pollution awareness Group (LPAG)
The LPAG has been recently formed within The Astronomical Society of Malta.
Its aims are to create first of all, an awareness about light pollution and its adverse effects on man and on local fauna and flora.


• Malta Bat Group
The Malta bat group, founded in 1987 carries out scientific research on the local chiropterafauna and also creates public awarness through field trips and lectures. The MBG is now responsible for the managment of two caves, Ghar Hasan at Hal-Far and Ghar il-Friefett at Birzebbuga, where in both sites a bat grille has been set up to safeguard the colony/nursery of the Lesser Mouse-eared bat Myotis blythii punicus.


• Malta Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies Association (M.E.E.R.E.A)

On Wednesday 13th June 2001, the Malta Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies Association (M.E.E.R.E.A.) was established. This association:
- promotes discussion on energy related issues among energy actors including consumers and energy decision makers in Malta,
- supports the organisation of training courses for energy actors and energy decision makers in Malta,
-promote the implementation of dissemination (marketing, promotion) activities,
- promote sustainable energy policies that emphasize energy efficiency and use of renewable energies in Malta,
- facilitate information exchange among energy related actors.


• Malta Institute of Waste Management

This organisation:
-advances the scientific, technical, economic and practical aspects of sustainable wastes management for safeguarding the environment and human health, and the conservation of resources
- keeps abreast of local and international developments
- provides a forum for discussion
- provides assistance and disseminates information
- provides a continuing Professional Development
- strives to obtain international recognition.



• Malta Organic Agriculture Movement (MOAM)
This organisation:
- promotes organic agricultural practices amongst farmers,
- promotes knowledge of and interest in the advantages of organic food products,
- promotes agricultural policies by a continuing dialogue with the Government of Malta, which will enable Malta to progress rapidly towards a sustainable agricultural system, taking full advantage of the financial possibilities offered by the EU to candidate countries such as Malta.


• Moviment Ghall-Ambjent (Friends Of The Earth Malta)

This organisation has been active since 1985. The group was first set up as an umbrella organisation with representatives from various youth and environment groups, but soon developed into a committee of activists. Friends of the Earth believe that:
1. All forms of life have a value;
2. Human beings are an integral part of nature but as human life is more intelligent than other forms of life human, beings have a greater duty to protect nature;
3. The concept of development must be redefined to recognise the importance of the natural environment in the continuing existence of life on earth;
4. We must promote a greener political ideology;
All this can be best achieved:
1. Keeping the public informed of environmental problems;
2. Using non-violent methods to educate the public;
3. Working alongside other NGO’s for the common interest.


• Nature Trust (Malta)
Nature Trust (Malta) was officially launched by His Excellency the President of the Republic on Friday 8 January 1999 following the merger between the Society for the Study and Conservation of Nature (SSCN) founded 1962, Arbor founded 1983 and Verde founded 1997 and later in 2001 -Marine Life Care Group (MLCG). Its mission statement is: “Committed to the conservation of Maltese nature by promoting environmental awareness managing areas of natural and scientific interest, and lobbying for effective environmental legislation.”


• Wirt Ghawdex
Wirt Ghawdex was originally founded in the late 1970's with the primary aim of fostering the knowledge about and safeguard the natural, archaeological, historical and anthropological patrimony of the islands of Gozo and Comino.
This non-governmental organisation was revived on July 12, 1996 by the current President, Magistrate Dr. Paul Coppini. Initiatives for the protection of Gozo's heritage include active participation in policy decisions taken by the Authorities in respect of restoration and rehabilitation, and at increasing public awareness on the island's patrimony.



• Din l-Art Helwa
Its aim is to safeguard the natural, historic and cultural environment of Malta and Gozo.


• The Gaia Foundation
This foundation was formed in June 1994; to promote and implement ways through which human beings can interact meaningfully with their environment without denying future generations their right to do the same. Its' main objectives are:
1. to understand and find ways to protect the ecology of the managed sites
2. to restore the environmental and cultural aspects of the sites
3. to enhance visitors' enjoyment of the sites
4. to inform and educate the public on the concept of sustainability, and
5. to provide a prototype for similar projects.



MAEE (Maltese Association of Environmental Educators)
1. The Maltese Association of Environmental Educators (MAEE) is a dynamic non-profit organization of teachers, students, community educators and volunteers working in the field of environmental education.
2. The main goal of MAEE is to promote environmental education and support the work of environmental educators



• Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna - The Malta Heritage Trust
Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna – the Malta Heritage Trust is a voluntary non-governmental organisation active in the field of heritage preservation. It looks after several historic buildings and sites in Malta, all of which are open to the public.


• ECO The Malta Ecological Foundation
The Malta Ecological Foundation was set up on the 12 August, 1992. It aims to run concrete ecological programmes and to support and multiply these efforts through policy, awareness, and education programmes. ECO ensures that the use of renewable resources is sustainable both now and in the longer term, promotes actions to reduce pollution and the wasteful exploitation and consumption of resources and energy and preserving genetic, species, and ecosystem diversity. Its ultimate goal is to see the Maltese people live in a sustainable manner and to help build a future in which humans live in harmony with their environment.