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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.

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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.

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Birdlife Malta’s request to obtain the locations of the islands’ 8,000 trapping sites will soon be decided, with the final verdict now awaited after a four-year freedom-of-information battle with the authorities. But the NGO says it will exhaust all its options before giving up – even turning ...
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Mike Walters
· January 4, 2018
Birds need all the help they can get and these guys are doing their best to help
Steve Lewis
· October 28, 2017
Excellent tour at Ghadira. Thank you.
As well as the birds a lot of interesting information was given about the trees and plants and we saw chameleons.
Joanne Mills
· December 8, 2016
Not only is Birdlife doing a great job helping our environment their events are good fun. Since becoming a member the middle of this year, I have found the staff to be super friendly and very welcomin...g to new visitors. The events have been well organised and managed very professionally.

There always seems to be a little joke around the corner to keep the atmosphere light, which is very much appreciated. So I think tell your friends who are like minded to come along and join in the fun.
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Tony Mead
· September 8, 2017
If people can't be responsible with guns,confiscate the lot,maybe when genuine hunters see there sport going to the dogs they might do something about the irresponsible hunters.My hobby is metal detec...ting a hobby which is illegal in Malta.What a joke. See More
Mandy Galea
· November 7, 2016
Extremely well served by BirdLife malta..found an injured bird, called 21347645 and was impressed how professional they are. The female answering the phone could tell which bird it was by the descript...ion. She recommended best way to keep the bird until the other members could arrive on the spot to pick it up. A short while after, the injured bird was collected directly from my home. Apologies for not remembering yr names but keep on doing what you re doing....wow, well done Bird Life Malta! See More
Heather-Ivor Evans
· November 12, 2017
They battle against great odds, and still carry on saving our birds.
well done.
Charlotte Hedges
· November 8, 2017
Thank you for rescuing a yellow canary which had flown into my apartment ☆♡☆♡☆
Lucianne Hili
· December 1, 2016
A big well done to BirdLife. They came all the way to Cospicua to pick up a small bird we found injured. Today they phoned us to tell us that the bird recovered and is free again.
Franklin Scicluna
· June 22, 2017
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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! �
Marvin Zammit
· September 24, 2017
Well done BirdLife! Keep up the great job you're doing, protecting an important part of our environment.
Moira Smith
· August 29, 2017
thank god someone is trying to educate those who think wildlife is just put here for their target practice
Andrew Bidkaram
· April 1, 2016
Thank you for all that you do for the birds in Malta.. They need all the protection and help they can get.
Marcel Tellus
· August 15, 2016
A great adult group organizing local and overseas walks and visits, creating ambient awareness and appreciating all that's around us including flora and fauna.
Joe Sultana
· April 9, 2017
Doing a fine job in bird and nature conservation through education
Kevin KB
· January 9, 2016
A superb organisation doing amazing things under the most trying of conditions!
Helle Mikkel
· October 30, 2016
Great work, Birdlife Malta!! Thank you :)
Clayton Chircop
· April 25, 2016
A group that its only aim is to tarnish the reputation of Malta and genuine hunters.
Joseph Gaffarena
· September 24, 2017
Birdlife,qeda taghmel gid kbir fejn jidhlu l ghasafar,din hija ghaqda volontarja li thares bil lejl u bi nhar, ghall dawn in nies minghajr skruplu u kultura li hawn gewwa malta.joqtlu ghasafur puramen...t ghall gost,u xejn aktar.Qtil minghajr ebda gost/Bird lfe komplu sejjrin hekk u ahsbu ghall referendum iehor.din id darba ikun minghajr indhil politiku. See More
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