More NGOs receive funding for the successful completion of their Eco Gozo projects
Another ten Gozitan organisations (NGOs) have been presented with Eco Gozo funds by the Minister for Gozo, the Hon Giovanna Debono following their successful completiton of projects under one of Eco Gozo’s many schemes. Following the completion of another 12 projects earlier this year the number of completed projects by NGOs has now reached a total of 22. Another 14 projects are in their final stages and should be completed shortly to make up the grand total of 38 projects approved for funding under this Eco Gozo scheme.
The Minister for Gozo, explained how the 38 projects which attracted a total of €1.24 million in funding were considered to be financed under this scheme as these had already been identified in the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012. Each organisation had the opportunity to benefit from a total grant of €50,000. While expressing her satisfaction for the active participation from various Gozitan organisations who applied under this scheme, Minister Debono explained that these projects are very beneficial to Gozo. Various projects relate to a vast range of sectors, ranging from educational, sports, cultural, environment and pastoral initiatives. “This also confirms that the eco-Gozo vision is being actuated not only in the environmental sector, but has aims enhancing the sustainable development of various socio-economic aspects and thus improving the quality of life without exerting extra pressure on the environment”, stated the Minister Giovanna Debono.
Representations from beneficiaries attended for the presentation of cheques which included: Ta’ Klula Foundation, OASI Foundation, Dar Guzeppa Debono, Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria, Gozo Non Governmental Association, Inħobbu lil Munxar u x-Xlendi, Victoria Scout Group, Don Bosco Oratory, La Stella Philharmonic Band Club and the Emergency Response Rescue Corps. These projects implemented by these organisations include the restoration of rubble walls, heritage trails and publication of informative material, the production of a DVD and the installation of information panels and other tourist services in various localities, an updated scientific study on Gozitan youths, strengthening of services offered to vulnerable families in Gozo and the production of an educational pack to be used by teachers during lessons to promote respect for the environment, restoration on an old altar, promotions of services from Voluntary organisations, building of water dams in order to increase rain water storage, changing of lighting systems to energy efficient ones, restructuring and renovation of cultural facilities and promotion of activities, production and distribution of publications promoting health lifestyles and good environmental practices especially those related to safety at sea, clean-up of sea-bed and sustaining sea-water rescue services in beaches around Gozo and Comino during the summer months.