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.
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
On Wednesday 13th June 2001, the Malta Energy Efficiency
and Renewable Energies Association (M.E.E.R.E.A.) was established. This
- 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)
- 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
-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)
- promotes organic agricultural practices amongst farmers,
- promotes knowledge of and interest in the advantages of organic food
- 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 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
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,
5. to provide a prototype for similar projects.
MAEE (Maltese Association of
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
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.