A year after a European Commission action plan stated EU governments should better implement nature protection rules, a new report assessing 18 EU countries shows that all 18 are dragging their feet and failing to protect Europe’s most precious natural areas. Unfortunately Malta is not one of the countries assessed.
The report compiled and published by BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Friends of the E...arth Europe shows that while the majority of the Member States assessed (67%) have fully incorporated the Birds and Habitats Directives into national law, they have failed to implement them properly. This means EU protected wildlife and habitats are not receiving the protection they need and have been promised.
The report uses a ‘Traffic Light’ scorecard system to assess individual Member States performances – Green for ‘Doing Well’, Orange for ‘Could do Better’ and Red for ‘Unsatisfactory’.
Read“The State of Implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives in the EU” report here: https://bit.ly/2r1Bpyi
Read BirdLife Europe's press release announcing the report here: https://bit.ly/2HvYCUw.
The Information & Data Protection Appeals Tribunal today rejected BirdLife Malta's appeal to the decision taken in September 2016 by the Information & Data Protection Commissioner that we should not be granted access to data about more than 8,000 sites (an area larger than the size of Valletta) where #trapping is authorised every year by the Wild Birds Regulation Unit.
The Environment Ministry had refused to divulge this information quoting privacy issues and after filing a F...reedom of Information request which was also turned down, BirdLife Malta had to refer the issue to the Information & Data Protection Commissioner's office who had also ruled that this information should not be in the public domain as it included personal data which was subject to data protection issues.
BirdLife Malta had appealed and in its arguments made it clear that it had no interest in the names of those who use the sites but was only after the environmental data which should be made public.
Although today's verdict upheld the original sentence by the Data Commissioner, the Appeals Tribunal confirmed BirdLife Malta's right to have access to the locations however said that the process to remove the personal data would be too laborious and costly to carry out.
There always seems to be a little joke around the corner to keep the atmosphere
Bird life is amazing! Helping nature be safe!! Let's stop all these and together bring the birds back and make Malta a beautiful island full of singing birds! �