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PR 1-12-2012 Water - Malta requires sustainable policies

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    Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party www.alternattiva.org.mt P.O. Box 38, Marsa, MTP1001 PR 1-12-2012 Water: Malta requires sustainable policies In a
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 2012
    Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party
    www.alternattiva.org.mt
    P.O. Box 38, Marsa, MTP1001

     
    PR 1-12-2012
    Water: Malta requires sustainable policies

     
    In a press conference near the Malta Resources Authority, Alternattiva Demokratika  - The Green Party, said that Malta requires sustainable water policies so as to avoid massive problems in the years to come.

    Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said: "Scientific advice by experts such as those within the Malta Water Association should be taken seriously by the Government. As things stand, Malta risks become over dependent on reverse osmosis plants in the years to come due to theft and unsustainable usage of water from boreholes. Overdependence on water from reverse osmosis plants will effectively result in a huge increase in the cost of water and risks to Malta's water supply for example in the case of a marine oil spill".

    "Water – which is a strategic resource of national importance – should be priced in a realistic way. In the short run, all unregistered boreholes should be banned. In the longer run, save for some strategic exceptions such as agriculture, the true price of water should be reflected in its consumption, where wasteful practices, and not basic use, are to be penalized. Basic use should be subsidized. The Water Services Corporation should have full control of all water production, which should then be redistributed according to the country’s priorities".

    Carmel Cacopardo, AD Vice Chairman and Spokesman on Sustainable Development and Home Affairs stated that notwithstanding the registration of boreholes in 2008 after more than 4 years access to the water table is still a free for all. This is not only a known fact but it has also been confirmed  by the EU in a report on the Implementation of the Water Framework Directive by Malta which report is dated 14 November 2012 [SWD(2012) 379 final]. The report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council lambasts Malta for not monitoring adequately private groundwater abstractions.

    This report added Cacopardo, examines in detail the technical aspects of Malta’s water policies. In addition to the issue of unmonitored groundwater abstraction AD wishes to focus on two particular points raised by the EU relative water policy in Malta.

    “The first is one of fragmented governance. It is pointed out by the EU report that both the MRA and MEPA have responsibilities relative to different aspects of water policy. The report states that the coordination mechanisms between the two authorities are unclear. The report implies that this fragmentation is an underlying factor in an unsatisfactory co-ordination with other authorities, Ministries and Departments relative to water policy issues. AD has the same opinion and in fact will be proposing in its electoral programme that an effective way to tackle this fragmentation is to amalgamate MRA and MEPA in one authority in which the Environment function has a leading role. Protecting the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources such as water need to and can be much better achieved in a consolidated authority.

    A second important point raised by the report is the fact that agriculture in Malta is indicated as exerting a significant pressure on water resources. This fact should have led to the formulation of a clear strategy that defines measures whuch can be developed together with the farming community.

    It is clear that having the regulator for resources (MRA) and the Department of Agriculture as the political responsibility of the same ministry is impeding the regulator from acting effectively. It is to be underlined that recently the National Statistics Office has revealed that agriculture in 2009/10 used over 28 million cubic metres of water which is much more than previously estimated.”

    Carmel Cacopardo concluded by emphasising the need to use in a sustainable manner all sources of water (rainwater, seawater, groundwater, stormwater and treated sewage effluent). Unfortuately many reports have been written but it is clear that there is no political will to move forward.   

    (EU report dated 14 November 2012 attached)

     
    PR 1-12-2012
    Ilma: Malta Ghandha Bzonn Politika Sostenibbli


    Michael Briguglio, Chairperson ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika qal, : "Il-pariri xjentifici tal-esperti bhal dawk tal-Assocjazzjoni Maltija tal-Ilma ghandhom jittiehdu bis-serjeta’ mill-Gvern. Malta, minn kif zviluppaw l-affarijiet s’issa, qeghda fir-riskju li fis-snin li gejjin tkun tiddependi mill-ilma prodott bil-process tar-reverse osmosis u dan minhabba is-serq tal-ilma kif ukoll l-uzu mhux sostenibbli tal-ilma mtella mill-boreholes. Din id-dipendenza fuq l-ilma hekk proditt twassal f’zieda qawwija fil-prezz tal-ilma kif ukoll f’riskji kemm il-darba jsehh xi incident marittimu bhal per ezempju wiehed ta’ tniggiz tal-bahar biz-zejt.".

    "L-ilma – li hu rizors strategiku ta’ importanza nazzjonali – ghandu jkollu prezz realistiku. B’mod immedjat ghandhom ikunu pprojibiti l-boreholes kollha mhux registrati. Fuq perjodu ta’ zmien, hlief ghal eccezzjonijiet strategici  bhall-agrikultura l-prezz reali tal-ilma ghandu jkun rifless fil-konsum tieghu, fejn prattici halja, u mhux il-konsum baziku, ghandhom jigu penalizzati. Il-konsum baziku ghandu jigi ssusidjat. Il-Korporazzjoni ghas-Servizzi tal-Ilma ghandu jkollha taht idejha l-produzzjoni kollha tal-ilma li ghandu jkun distribwit skond il-prijoritajiet tal-pajjiz."

    Carmel Cacopardo, Vici Chairman ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika u Kelliemi ghall-Izvilupp Sostenibbli u l-Intern qal li minkejja r-registrazzjoni tal-boreholes fl-2008 wara iktar minn 4 snin kulhadd ghadu jaghmel li jrid fl-access ghall-ilma tal-pjan. Dan m’huwiex biss fatt maghruf imma issa gie ikkonferma mill-UE f’rapport dwar l-implementazzjoni tad-Direttiva dwar l-Ilma minn Malta liema rapport hu datat 14 ta’ Novembru 2012 [SWD(2012) 379 final]. Ir-rapport mill-Kummissjoni lill-Parlament Ewropew u lill-Kunsill jehodha kontra Malta ghax mhiex qed tghasses b’mod adegwat dwar estrazzjoni tal-ilma tal-pjan mis-settur privat.

    Dan ir-rapport zied Cacopardo, jezamina fid-dettall l-aspetti teknici tal-politika ta’ Malta dwar l-ilma. B’zieda mal-materja dwar in0nuqqas ta’ ghassa ghall-estrazzjoni tal-ilma tal-pjan Alternattiva Demokratika  tixtieq tiffoka fuq zewg aspetti ohra li dan ir-rapport isemmi dwar il-politika tal-ilma ta’ Malta.

    “L-ewwel punt jirrigwarda l-frammentazzjoni fit-tmexxija ta’ din il-politika. Ir-rapport tal-UE jghid li kemm l-MRA kif ukoll il-MEPA ghandhom responsabbiltajiet relatati ghall-politika tal-ilma. Il-mekkanizmi ta’ korrdinazzjoni bejn iz-zewg awtoritiajiet, jghid ir-rapport, xejn m’huma cari. Ir-rapport jimplika li din il-frammentazzjoni hija ir-raguni principali ghax dwar l-ilma m’hemmx koordinazzjoni sodisfacenti ma’ awtoritajiet ohra, jew Ministeri inkella ma Dipartimenti tal-Gvern. Alternattiva Demokratika  hi tal-istess opinjoni u fil-fatt fil-programm elettorali ser tipproponi li mod effettiv kif tingheleb din il-frammentazzjoni jkun billi jkunu amalgamati f’awtorita’ wahda l-MRA u l-MEPA b’mod li l-funzjoni ambjentali tkun f’posizzjoni ta’ tmexxija. Il-harsien tal-ambjent u l-uzu sostenibbli tar-rizorsi naturali bhall-ilma jistghu u ghandhom isiru ahjar b’awtorita’ ikkonsolidata.

    It-tieni punt ta’ importanza imqajjem mir-rapport u l-fatt li l-agrikultura f’Malta qed tezercita piz kbir fuq ir-rizorsi tal-ilma. Dan il-fatt, jghid ir-rapport, messu wassal ghall-formolazzjoni ta’ strategija cara dwar il-mizuri li jistghu jkun sviluppati flimkien mal-komunita tal-bdiewa.

    Huwa car illi l-fatt li r-regolatur dwar ir-rizorsi (MRA) u d-Dipartiment tal-Agrikultura huma ir-responsabbilta politika tal-istess Ministeru qieghed izomm lir-regolatur mill-jagixxi b’mod effettiv. Ghandu jkun sottolineat illi l-Ufficcju Nazzjonali tal-Istatistika zvela li matul l-2009-10 l-agrikultura uzat il-fuq minn 28 miljun metru kubu ta’ ilma, li jammonta ghal hafna iktar milli qatt kien stmat.”

    Carmel Cacopardo ikkonkluda billi emfasizza l-htiega li jsir uzu sostenibbli mis-sorsi kollha tal-ilma (ilma tax-xita, bahar, ilma tal-pjan, ilma fl-apert iggenerata mix-xita, u drenagg ittrattat). Sfortunatament filwaqt li nkitbu bosta rapporti hu car li ma hemmx ir-rieda politika li nimxu l-quddiem.  

    (rapport tal-UE datat 14 ta’ Novembru 2012 anness)
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