Malta, 10th November 2015
Today, Hon Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has inaugurated the European Garden at Xrobb l-Ghagin Nature Park and Sustainable Development Center, Marsaxlokk. The event was co-organized by the EDIC Central and EDIC Valletta, with the kind cooperation of Nature Trust.
Twenty Eight (28) trees have been planted to represent one of each EU Member State within the European Union. The trees will form part of a wider initiative of an international NGO - ENO - Environment Online which is cooperating with LEAF Malta and is present in more than 150 countries through a virtual Network of educators. ENO has made a commitment at the UN RIO+20 Summit of planting 100 million trees by 2017.
LEAF Malta is an international ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) programme run by Nature Trust Malta. It seeks to sensitizes young learners and youth alike to appreciate the intricate relationships that take place in local woodlands and in forests around the world and how these can be compromised by the choices we make each day. It is an outdoor learning opportunity for students to be actively engaged in order to address their concerns.
The EU has dedicated this year to the European Year for Development that seeks to raise awareness about what the EU is doing in the rest of the world to assist developing countries by exploring a number of themes. Each month of the year has been given a theme and the theme for October and November is Food Security, Sustainable Development and Climate Action.
In his speech, commissioner ask us Europeans to do our utmost to promote tree planting campaign across the EU, and beyond, to raise awareness and show the added value of nature protection. "I count on you - the future generation - to help us do this and to reach the goal of planting 100 million trees by 2017. "
Read Commissioner Vella's speech: