#GozoProud
    Gozo Proud Campaign Our #GozoProud campaign has gathered momentum during the past few weeks as we introduced adverts that are appearing on our social media. Make sure you like our facebook page to keep yourself updated about this ongoing campaign. The footage below is an advert that is currently appearing on Malta's National TV station. Now that we're well into summer, the purpose of this advert is to encourage people to keep our beaches and seas litter-free. Have...
    A day for the environment
    As part of the activities held for World Environment Day, the Directorate for EcoGozo Regional Development, in collaboration with ERA  organised an activity last Saturday 11th June at Independence Square in Victoria between 10 am and noon. A brief talk on cetaceans and marine turtles in the Mediterranean was given by ERA employees to various passer-bys who visited the stand. In this respect, materials from the LIFE+MIGRATE project, an EU-partially funded project which recently came...
    More Books in Gozo's Libraries
    EUR4,000 worth of books The EcoGozo Regional Development Directorate within the Ministry for Gozo procured EUR4,000 worth of books to be distributed among Gozo’s libraries. The books include biographies and autobiographies of Maltese personalities and other personalities that have a connection to the island of Malta. The books were presented to 13 Gozitan libraries by the Minister for Gozo Anton Refalo on Thursday 8th June 2016. The purpose of this procurement of books is to equip...
    World Environment Day 2016
    Event at Villa Rundle An educational outdoor activity was held by ecoGozo to celebrate World Environment Day*. The activity was organised for Kinder Garden children from the Gozo College Xaghra, Gozo College Xewkija and St. Francis School (Primary) at the Villa Rundle gardens.  Butterflies was the theme chosen for this year’s event. Apart from the story telling and singing, the children who attended had an illustrated talk about the life cycle of the butterfly. Various pirctures of...
    Healthy Waste-free Picnic
    With the support of Eco Gozo, EkoSkola in collaboration with the Early Years Section, the Home Economics Seminar Centre and Physical Education Section organised a healthy waste free picnic for Kinder 1 and Kinder 2 students from Gozo College Ghajnsielem Primary together with their parents or carers as part of a pilot project for all students of that age.   The perfect weather and lovely surroundings in the Chambrai woodlands area was an excellent opportunity for...
    Curriculum Programme Activities
    Students encountering entrepreneurs Form 5 Core Curriculum Programme students attending the Gozo College Boys’ Secondary School, were taken to the Concrete Plant owned by Road Construction Limited. This was part of their entrepreneurial experience.  Inside the plant, students were shown around and architect Johan Camilleri highlighted the various job opportunities relevant for our students.  The outing was particularly insightful as the students were shown how technology and innovation play an important role in such plants today.   Lately,...
    Outdoor Educational Activities
    EcoGozo's resident botanical expert leads two outdoor activities Lecture to 6th Form students at Dwejra Mr. Stephen Mifsud from EcoGozo was invited by the Sir M A Refalo Centre for Further Studies to give an outdoor talk at Dwejra to celebrate Mother Nature's beauty on Earth Day. This event took place on the 22nd April 2016 where Mr. Mifsud delivered a lecture on the flora present in situ. He explained selected biological adaptations of local plants that...
    Education for life
    EcoGozo supports initiatives being taken at the Gozo College Boys’ Secondary which are being organised for the group of students doing the Core Curriculum Programme. Since the first group is at Form 5, topics related to job and life skills are being taken into consideration. Lately ETC personnel held a talk about career planning and employment.  Students were encouraged to take up a number of traineeship programmes offered by ETC to further their education and provide...
    New Compost Bin
    Gharb Primary School's New Compost Bin Recently, the EcoSchool Committee of Għarb’s Primary School launched a campaign to increase the use of composting. WasteServ organised workshops in all classes with the ultimate aim of informing the school's students about the correct ways of creating, maintaining and harvesting from a compost bin.  As a result, the present, solitary, compost bin proved too small for the increased volume of greens and brownies that were being deposited In view of...
    Outdoor Educational Activity
    X’hemm il-Lunzjata? Between Monday 14th and Monday 21st March an outdoor educational activity titled ‘X’hemm il-Lunzjata’ was organised by the Gozo College.The activity aimed in engaging Year 3 and Year 4 students in hands-on mathematical and scientific activities promoting a problem-solving approach outside the classroom. 3 science-related stations and 1 maths station were set up. Science activities included investigating friction between different surfaces, investigating sound and investigating electric conductors and insulators. The maths station was related...
    New Public Work of Art
    Mary Portelli's 'Qawsalla Fjuri' Officially Inaugurated The Minister for Gozo, Anton Refalo, officially inaugurated the mosaic work of art entitled ‘Qawsalla Fjuri’ in Mġarr, Gozo. The mosaic mural stretches 11 meters and represents a rainbow of flowers emerging from a sea snail – Murex Trunculus. It is worth mentioning that this species is very common in the Mediterranean Sea and it was used by the Phoenicians to extract the highly prized purple dye. The Minister lauded Mary...
    Renewable Energy in Gozo Public Buildings
    Installation of Photovoltaic Panels at Nine Governmental Sites The Minister for Gozo, Anton Refalo and the Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency in 2017 and the European Funds, Ian Borg, inaugurated a project that saw the installation of photovoltaic panels on public buildings administered by the Ministry for Gozo. The press conference was held at the Government Experimental Farm in Xewkija. The public buildings at which photovoltaic systems were installed are the Government Experimental Farm, the cold...
    Renewable Energy Project in Gozo
    Renewable Energy use at Taċ-Ċawla Housing Estate On Friday, Minister Anton Refalo vistied the Taċ-Ċawla Housing Estate to inaugurate a renewable energy project which was implemented by the EcoGozo Regional Development Directorate within the Ministry for Gozo. As part of the project, more than 240 panels were installed on 15 different blocks that make up the Taċ-Ċawla Housing Estate. These panels will be producing more that 104,535 units of electricity per year which translates to the...
    Ecotourism and Gozo
    Ecotourism Networking Event in Gozo The Ministry for Gozo, in collaboration with the German-Maltese Business Council within the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, and with the support of the German Embassy in Malta and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen,  organised a business meeting about eco/rural tourism and sustainable business practices in the sector. The event is part of a GMBC full-day programme that started today in Gozo at Vini e Capricci, and proceed to Malta...
    Conference by the Mental Health Association Gozo
    The Youth The Mental Health Association Gozo is organising its annual conference on the 30th October at Villa Fiorita, Marsalforn. This year’s conference will deal with current trends and issues related to youths. Just like previous conferences held by the MHAG, this year’s event promises to be very informative as there will be several discussions about real life experiences as well as the delivery of talks by well known speakers who are well established in this...
    HSBC Catch the Drop Campaign in Gozo
    Without water, there would be no life on our planet. It is a basic requirement for all life. Yet water supplies are facing increasing demands from users. It has become a limited and vulnerable resource which is vital to protect. Water is a precious and threatened resource which we must all conserve for the future.   The Catch the Drop Campaign was created to raise awareness that saving water is a concern for us all and to...
    Dive Talk in Hondoq
    Information Session for Students Attending San Lawrenz Summer Fun Club On Wednesday morning a group of students from San Lawrenz Summer Fun Club had a dive talk delivered to them by Doris, a diving instructress from Blue Waters Dive Cove. Doris described her job to the group and outlined the precautions that need to be taken when going on a dive. The students were kept on their toes by being asked constant questions during the talk. San...
    Procurement of Books for Gozo's Library
    Minister for Gozo Presents Books to Gozo's Public Lending Library In an event held on the 4th of June, the Minister for Gozo,  Dr. Anton Refalo, presented a series of Children’s books to the Gozo Public Lending Library. The procurement of these books was done through ecoGozo’s funds. The main scope behind this initative is to promote reading amongst our children as well as to encourage them to start using local libraries. Furthermore, the procurement of...
    Alteraqua Project in Gozo
    The Non Conventional Water Resources Programme in the Mediterranean was recently ranked in SECOND place in the Water Showcase - World Final during the 7th World Water Forum held in April 2015 in South Korea. The World Water Forum is the largest water-related event in the world. This programme reached Malta through the Alter Aqua project. The main scope of Alter Aqua was to mobilise Non Conventional Water Resources (NCWR) to increase water harvesting and availability...
    Munxar Church Square
    Munxar Local Council - Creating a Pedestrian Zone within il-Munxar Church Square The Pedestrianisation of the Munxar Parish Church parvis was a project financed through the First EcoGozo Scheme for Local Councils launched by the Ministry for Gozo. The total contribution by the Ministry for Gozo towards this project was €66,500. The aim behind this project was to increase pedestrian zones around Gozo; where an open space used by cars was converted to a pedestrian area with...
     Marsalforn Valley Project
    €225,000 Project Inaugurated On Friday 17th April, the Minister for Gozo, Anton Refalo, inaugurated the project done in Marsalforn Valley by ecoGozo. The cleaning of this valley is part of ecoGozo’s valley cleaning programme that has seen several valleys cleaned throughout the past few years. Through the said programme, ecoGozo managed to increase rainwater harvesting potential by 53 million litres of water a year.   Anton Refalo said that it is the Ministry for Gozo’s vision to continue...
    Sustainability is Possible!
    For this year’s World Days of Action, students were invited to sing for a sustainable world. Schools from different countries took part in a music video competition. Schools were invited to submit a music video to the song Generation Next. The song was produced by FEE Norway that operates Eco-Schools in Norway. The school with the best video will then represent its respective country in an international competition which will be judged by a jury. Four Gozitan...
    Gozo: Faith and Tradition
    The Ministry for Gozo has launched a publication promoting various activities being held in Gozo during the Lent and Easter period. EcoGozo fully supports the activities being organised as part of the 'Gozo: Faith & Tradition' programme of events.  The events certianly serve the purpose of enhancing Gozo’s cultural value. You can download the full programme by clicking on the image below.    {gallery}fidi-event{/gallery} 18/03/2015...
    Ta' Dbieġi Crafts Village Visit
    Students from the Gozo College Boys’ Secondary visit Ta' Dbiegi Crafts Village       Form 3 and Form 4 students visited the Ta' Dbiegi Crafts Village as part of their entrepreneurial project.   Before the visit the students came up with a number of business related questions during a brainstorming activity.  Students were then encouraged to ask these questions to a number of artisanal businesspeople who own stores in this village.  The visit was very interesting and informative as students...
    Procurement of Sports Equipment for the Gozo College
    EcoGozo Funds Sports Equipment The Directorate for EcoGozo Regional Development provided €2500 for the procurement of sports equipment. This equipment will be used by both the Primary and Secondary school students. This new equipment will help PE teachers carry out their syllabi and consequently provide a qualitative educational experience. Moreover, the procurement of this  equipment will help in promoting a healthier lifestyle through sports and physical activity.     {gallery}sports-event{/gallery} 30/01/2015...
    Fringefarm Talk
    A Path to Sustainable Landscapes and Resilient Economy Jos Willemsen, a Dutch landscape architect specialising in rural landscape development, will be taking us on a journey into the living world, revealing a new approach he likes to call “teaming with life” which allows both man and nature to optimize the benefits from the natural productivity and efficiency of ecosystems. For Malta and Gozo, Willemsen and a local team have developed the concept of “fringe-farming” and have worked on...
    Minister for Gozo Meets Gozo Greyhounds Sports Club Volunteers
    Certificates Presented to Young Volunteers The young volunteers forming part of the Gozo Greyhounds Sports Club, who took part in the Gozo-Rocks! Clean and Green hikes around Gozo in 2014, were presented with certificates by the Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo. This was done in recognition of their achievement as well as the excellent service these volunteers gave to the island by cleaning the areas they hiked. During the ceremony held at the Ministry for Gozo,...
    European Business Awards
    Voting Now Open As you might be aware, ecoGozo was named as a National Champion in this year's European Business Awards. EcoGozo was selected as a participant in the award for Environmental and Corporate Sustainability. EcoGozo is now one of Malta's national champions and had to submit a video that further explains the works that are being done within this Directorate. A panel of judges made up of European-wide business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs will now view...
    EcoGozo Part of The Christmas in Gozo Programme
    EcoGozo fully supports the activities being organised as part of the Christmas in Gozo programme. The events serve the purpose of enhancing Gozo’s cultural value whilst also giving the Island an economic boost during the festive period.  These are two of the four pillars upon which the ecoGozo project is built.EcoGozo contributed financially towards the organisation of the events. Furthermore, a selection of items produced by ecoGozo will also be handed out to the people...
    European Week for Waste Reduction in Gozo
    The EcoGozo Regional Development Directorate within the Ministry for Gozo, organised an event entitled 'Recreating by reusing' as part of the National activities being held during the European Week for Waste Reduction. The activity was held on Tuesday 25th November at the Government Farm Hall in Xewkija, Gozo. The opening speech was done by Ms. Liliana Curmi, Personal Secretary to Hon. Minister for Gozo, Dr. Anton Refalo. The guest speakers followed with presentations concerning waste reduction, recycling...
    Call for Quotations [Update]
    Amended Call for Quotations for the Supply and installation of equipment ICW the water reservoir located at the Ministry for Gozo. Click Here to Download Details updated 27th November 2014...
    X`hemm? Il-Ġnien 2014
    Minister for Gozo Visits Activities at Villa Rundle Gardens Minister for Gozo Anton Refalo paid a visit to the event entitled 'X`hemm? Il-Gnien 2014'. During this weeklong event, students coming from the different Year 4 classes within the Gozo College participated in a number of hands on mathematical and scientific activities designed to promote a problem-solving approach among the participants in an out of class setting.   X`hemM? Il-Gnien 2014 kicked off on Monday, 17th up till Friday, 21st November and was held at...
    Clarification Notice
    Global Water Partnership  Mediterranean (GWP  Med) Legally and lawfully represented by the civil non-profit society MEDITERRANEAN INFORMATION OFFICE FOR ENVIRONMENT, CULTURE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT  MIO ECSDE Clarification Notice A clarification meeting with respect to the Call for Quotations - Supply and installation of equipment ICW for the water reservoir located at the Ministry for Gozo, Gozo, Malta- is scheduled for Wednesday 26th November at 08.30am at the EcoGozo Regional Development Directorate Offices at the Ministry for...
    Incentivising Rural Tourism in Gozo
    Workshop Held at the Gozo Experimental Farm A one-day workshop, intended to bring together people, operating in the Gozo tourism sectors related to local produce and hospitality, has been held at the Gozo Experimental Farm in Xewkija.  This workshop was addressed by Ms Carole Favre from ‘Small Matters’ as part of the Ministry for Gozo’s efforts to incentivise rural tourism as a unique integrating experience of the Gozo tourism offer.  Rural tourism is one form of...
    Reduction of 6,500 Water Bottles
    HSBC support leads to saving of 6,500 water bottles a year Students of Gozo College San Lawrenz Primary School will be reducing the weight of their schoolbags by some 6,500 water bottles per year. The school has received a reverse osmosis filtration system as part of the HSBC Water Programmes Catch the Drop campaign. HSBC Water Programme  Catch the Drop campaign also distributed re-usable water bottles to a number of students who can now stop carrying...
    World Responsible Tourism Day
    ecoGozo Becomes WTM WRTD Supporter EcoGozo has been granted approval to use the WTM WRTD logo. This shows that the approving board recognises the work being done by the ecoGozo directorate on the island of Gozo. Furthermore, the use of the WTM WRTD logo will further enhance ecoGozo credibility in our promotions and events. Part of ecoGozos mission is to attract more tourists towards Gozo. We feel that having responsible tourism is an integral part towards achieving...
    A Cleaner Gharb, A Cleaner Gozo
    Eco-Truck and Eco-Cab at Gharb The minister for Gozo Anton Refalo recently inaugurated the acquisition of two vehicles by the Gharb local council; an eco-truck and an eco-cab. The purchase of these vehicles is part of a larger project called Smart Civic Centre  funded under the First Scheme for Local Council projects related to the ecoGozo vision. Dr Refalo reiterated that "the branding or distinctive stamp that we give to Gozo, is of an island...
    The European Business Awards
    EcoGozo Selected as Maltese National Champion EcoGozo has been named as a National Champion in The European Business Awards sponsored by RSM International; a prestigious competition supported by business leaders, academics, the media, and political representatives from across Europe.  The guiding principles of these awards are Innovation, Ethics and Financial Success. The European Business Awards now in their 8th year engaged with over 24,000 businesses from 33 European countries this year. 709 companies from across Europe have been named...
    X'hemM? Il-Gnien
    The Department of Curriculum Management is organising the second edition of the mathematics and science popularisation event entitled 'XhemM?' targeting Year 4 students in Primary schools. This event entitled 'X`hemM? Il-Gnien' will be held between Monday 17th and Friday 21st November 2014 at Villa Rundle Gardens, Victoria, Gozo from 8.30am till 12.30pm.  The aim of the event is to engage students in hands on mathematical and scientific activities promoting a problem-solving approach, outside the classroom in different areas around...
    L-Istress – tirbħu jew jirbħek?
    To mark the Mental Health month, for the fifth consecutive year, the Mental Health Association Gozo will be organising its annual national conference, this year titled 'L-Istress - tirbhu jew jirbhek?'. Professional speakers hailing from different sectors will be dealing with psychological, emotional and social stress prevailing in todays day and age. Stress in children, adolescence, families and the elderly will all be discussed and complimented with life experiences. The conference will be held on Friday 31st October...
    Extension of the Mosaic Mural 'Merħba bil-Fjuri' in Mġarr
    The Ministry for Gozo has commissioned artist Mary Portelli to carry out an extention to the mosaic mural located in Mgarr, Gozo. The mosaic mural entitled "Merhba bil-Fjuri" was installed in 2012 as part of the public art scheme which saw several works of art installed in Gozo's public areas.  This extension, which will cost around EUR4,500, is a continuation of the original mosaic by the same artist that welcomes every visitor to Gozo. Through such...
    Restoration of the Ghajnsielem square with the aim of enhancing the quality within villages and giving a boost to religious tourism in Gozo
    "The government is committed to support the various ecclesiastic entities that are striving to improve the quality of life of many persons." This was the message of the Minister for Gozo, Dr. Anton Refalo, after an agreement was reached with Ghajnsielem's parish. The agreement involves a substantial donation made by the Ministry for Gozo towards the renovation of the Ghajnsielem village square, a project that will ultimately cost about EUR106,000. The Ministry will be financing...
    Renewable Energy Projects in Gozo
    The drafting of two new renewable energy projects has now been completed. The projects are an investment in alternative energy systems aimed to help combat the effects of global warming. They involve the installation of renewable energy facilities on the Tac-Cawla Housing Estate rooftops as well as Government properties These installations will increase the generation of green energy on the island of Gozo. Moreover, the projects will contribute to a reduction in the Maltese Islands' dependency...
    Awards for YRE and LEAF participants
    In the presence of H.E. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, the Ambassador of the United States of America and the Hon. Minister Leo Brincat, 97 students from 20 different schools received awards for their contributions in programmes run by Nature Trust Malta; YRE (Young Reporters for the Environment ) and LEAF (Learning about Forests). Both programmes (YRE and LEAF) complement each other and in their own distinctive way empower students to adopt an active role in environmental decision-making...
    Gozo-Rocks! Clean & Green Hikes
    Excellent Initiative by Local Youth Club Last Saturday, a nice dip in the cool Gozitan sea brought to an end a campaign organised by the Gozo Greyhounds Youth Athletic Club to make Gozo a cleaner place. Gozo-Rocks! Clean & Green Hikes is a campaign that started in January and which ran through the first six months of the year. The main purposes of these hikes were to give Gozitan youth a chance to admire Gozo's most...
    SWMED Workshop in Gozo
    Second SWMED Workshop Held in Gozo The SWMED project (Sustainable Domestic water use technologies in Mediterranean Regions) is co-financed by the European Union under the ENPI CBC MED Programme. The Ministry for Gozo is one of the seven Mediterranean partners in the project hailing from other European regions, the Middle East and North Africa. It is a fact that the majority of the countries around the Mediterranean, especially those forming the southern part, have a problem of...
    Ongoing Works at Marsalforn Valley, Gozo
    Works Have Now Reached an Advanced Stage The Minister for Gozo, Dr Anton Refalo, has recently visited Marsalforn Valley to keep tabs with the ongoing works. Ministry officials and officers from the EcoGozo Regional Development Directorate were also present to explain the works involved in the project.    The Minister lauded the works being done by the EcoGozo Regional Development Directorate and stated that it is the Government's vision to safeguard and improve Gozo's environment. Dr Refalo also stated that the...
    Alter Aqua video Game
    The Alter Aqua Video Game was developed by GWP-Med in the framework of the Alter Aqua-Non Conventional Water Resources (NCWR) Programme in Malta, in partnership with the Ministry for Gozo and the Eco-Gozo project, the Coca-Cola Foundation and General Soft Drinks. It aims to be helpful tool to raise awareness and sensitize primary and secondary school students on the use of non conventional water resources and water saving in everyday life. Alex, the main character...
    WED - World Environment Day 2014
      Today is World Environment Day, which this year carries the theme Raise your Voice, not the sea level The Ministry for Gozo, through ecoGozo,  is actively pursuing action against Climate Change through a number of projects, among which: -          Several renewable energy projects, including the installation of photovoltaic systems -          The cleaning of dams and other water harvesting facilities in Gozaitan valleys -          The construction and repair of reservoirs -          Innovation in the Agricultural sector -          The planting of more...
    Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level
    World Environment Day 2014 falls during the International Year of Small Island Developing States, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the special needs of this diverse coalition as part of the global discussion on how to achieve a sustainable future for all. The worlds small island nations, which are collectively home to more than 63 million people, are renowned as prized destinations: places of outstanding natural beauty, vibrant culture and music...
    Home to prehistoric remains, hundreds of breeding sea birds and sunsets to die for
    TA' CENC CLIFFS  Situated at the south of Gozo and some 470ft above sea level, Ta' Cenc Cliffs offer stunning views all year round. The area is perfect for some trekking or just a simple stroll while admiring a splendid sunrise. For those not particularly keen on waking up early, a visit before dusk will offer some dramatic views of the disappearing sun below the western half of the horizon. Nature prevails at Ta' Cenc as the...
    Peculiar rock formations, crystal clear waters, salt pans and a bustling summer nightlife
    MARSALFORN Just like Xlendi, Marsalforn has seen major developments along the years and it is fair to say that it has become the most popular tourist resort on the island. Marsalforn lies between the hill-top villages of Zebbug and Xaghra and hosts a variety of restaurants, pubs and hotels. The place is pretty lively during the summer months and somewhat deserted in the cold wintery days. The village is not limited to the usual commercial sites...
    A mixture of natural and cultural heritage complimenting a modern tourist resort
    XLENDI BAY Traditionally a small fishing village, Xlendi has evolved into a tourist attraction that intertwines cultural and natural heritage. In spite of the recent developments done to cater for the tourist demands, the bay is still abundant in natural beauty. Snorkelers and scuba divers have a selection of caves and rugged reefs to explore while trekkers can walk their way up to the top of the cliffs and admire the scenic beauty on show. A...
    The 10th EkoSkola Parliamentary Session
    76 students from 38 schools had the opportunity of their life this morning when they came face to face with the countrys policymakers for a lively debate that focused mainly on the quality of life of Maltese citizens. This is not a first for the EkoSkola programme since for the past ten consecutive years this has been an annual appointment spanning three legislatures. The event was organized by Nature Trust (Malta), the local representatives of...
    A showcase of Mediterranean ecology and biogeography
    DWEJRA The western part of Gozo is dominated by the sheer beauty of Dwejra, an area of huge geologic and geomorphologic interest. The pristine site comprises of coastal cliffs, sea caves, fossil deposits, coastal erotional features and a rocky coast. Dwejra serves as a backbone for a diverse suite of habitats, some of them of very limited distribution at a national, regional and global level. These habitats have numerous resident rare species as well as migratory...
    A haven of peace, natural beauty and fun
    RAMLA Often described as one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, Ramla Bay is Gozo's largest sandy beach which features crystal clear waters and Halocene age orange-red coloured sand. Ramla Bay has also managed to sustain a sand dune hinterland. These sand dunes, scheduled as a Level  1 Area of Ecological Importance, provide a habitat for endemic species that are exclusive to Malta as well as other rare species of flora and fauna. Ramla's Ecological...
    il-Ministru għal Għawdex Anton Refalo ħabbar uffiċjalment x-xogħlijiet li se jibdew fil-housing estate taċ-Ċawla
    Il-Ministru ghal Ghawdex Anton Refalo habbar ufficjalment x-xoghlijiet li se jibdew fil-housing estate tac-Cawla. Ix-xoghol mistenni jibda dan ix-xahar stess u jitlesta fis-sajf. Fdan il-housing estate, dan ser ikun t-tieni progett ghal din s-sena, hekk kif fi Frar kien sar ukoll xoghol ta manutenzjoni. Fi hdan dan il-progett, 265 panella ser jigu installati fuq il-bjut tal-apartamenti tal-housing estate gewwa tac-Cawla. Bkollox dawn il-panelli huma stmati li se jiggeneraw madwar 104,000 unit tal-elettriku fsena, li huma ekwivalenti ghall-konsum ta...
    The Gozo Regional Youth Council
    Hon. Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo welcomed the establishement of the Gozo Regional Youth Council and stated that the future of our society lies with our youths. Dr Anton Refalo said "the need to establish this Council had been identified for quite some time.  Today, another electoral pledge has been enacted by this government so as to give a voice to the Gozitan youth and help them contribute to the development of this island". The Regional...
    Cleaner and Greener Gozo campaign
    The Ministry for Gozo, in collaboration with the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) has embarked on a campaign entitled Cleaner and Greener Gozo.  This scheme is offering the opportunity to people who are currently unemployed to gain new working experience whilst also encouraging more persons to take care of the Gozitan environment.  As part of the campaign, a number of NGOs, schools, diving centers and businesses have also participated in this campaign. The below map shows...
    Tnedija tal-iskema “Cleaner and Greener Gozo” - inizjattiva tal-Ministeru għal Għawdex
    Il-Ministeru ghal Ghawdex b' kollaborazzjoni tal-Korporazzjoni tax-Xoghol u Tahrig (ETC) bhalissa ghaddej bl-iskema  Cleaner and Greener Gozo. Din hija skema li qed toffri opportunità lil persuni li huma inattivi u qeghda biex jiehdu esperjenza u jithajru jidhlu fid-dinja tax-xoghol. Din tinkoraggixxi lill-poplu jipprotegi l-istat ambjentali ta Ghawdex. Il-Ministru ghal Ghawdex Anton Refalo qal kif fl-ewwel gimgha ta din l-iskema gew mistiedna u involuti diversi setturi bhal dak edukattiv, privat u l-NGOs. Taw is-sapport taghhom ukoll lil...
    The Coca-Cola Foundation and Ministry of Gozo complete joint USD1.24m investment for improving efficiency and responsible water use in Maltese islands
    Alter Aqua programme proven to be a best practice multi-stakeholder partnership in the Mediterranean that has benefited 30,000 Maltese citizens     The Alter Aqua Programme has received a grant of $800,000 from the Coca-Cola Foundation and further co-funding of $440,000 from the Ministry for Gozo, in order to increase availability through rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse, while raising public awareness on the importance of responsible water use and conservation in the island of Gozo. Alter Aqua is...
    Uncharted Gozo
    A new application, Travel Buddy, is a travel mobile app aimed at the short stay tourist. Travel buddy aims at exposing less known locations and activities at the destination of choice according to set criteria. This app is managed by local people with first hand knowledge of non mainstream locations/ festivals/ foods and village quirks. The aim of Travel Buddy is to offer an experience like no other to the traveller by complimenting travel info...
    Educational walk for year 5 students at Hondoq
    The Hands on Farming programme is organising an educational walk at Hondoq ir-Rummien, Qala on Wednesday 7 May 2014.  The activity starts at 9.30am and ends at around noon.  The activity involves an explanation of the various trees and shrubs to be encountered around the walk. The activity will also include the planting of various indigenous trees.  For more information, one can phone on 22156966....
    VISTAS! Beautiful Mediterranean eco-island wins award
      The island of Gozo is being promoted through the portal http://www.travelmole.com.  TravelMole.com is an online community for the Travel and Tourism Industry, established in 1998. Today TravelMole.com and TravelMole.TV publishes 15 eNewsletters and broadcasts hundreds of videos to over 450,000 travel & tourism industry professional registered members and subscribers, as well as 30 million consumers in 132 countries. To read the full article, please click here....
    Application for the Gozo Regional Youth Council
    All youths interested in joining the Gozo Regional Youth Council, can download the information by clicking on the application. Download Application form ...
    Gozo: Faith and Tradition
    The Ministry for Gozo has launched a publication promoting various activities being held in Gozo during the Lent and Easter period.  For more information, click below:   Gozo: Faith and Tradition (English version) Ghawdex: Fidi u Tradizzjoni (verzjoni bil-Malti) Promotional video...
    World Water Day 2014
    Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers. In 2014, the UN System  working closely with its Member States and other relevant stakeholders  is collectively bringing its attention to the water-energy nexus, particularly addressing inequities, especially for the...
    Gozo places second in VISTAS Awards, at the ITB Berlin
    Gozo was awarded the prestigious Vistas award for sustainable and responsible tourism. The international programme VISTAS (Vision, Innovative, Sustainable Tourism Award Series) award ceremony was held at the international tourism expo at the ITB Berlin 2014. The aim of this programme is to encourage tourism destinations to identify, exchange and apply good practices in sustainable tourism worldwide. VISTAS is managed by five leading international networks: Vision, ECOTRANS, EDEN, EUCC-QualityCoast, and Alpine Pearls, under the umbrella of the DestiNet Innovation Group...
    Combating obesity through sports at Sta. Theresa Primary School
    Sta. Theresa Primary School in Ker em implemented the project entitled To promote to our pupils a healthier lifestyle by introducing fun into sports and recreational activities. Sports equipment was procured to facilitate physical activities aimed at promoting healthy practices from an early age.   Dr Grazio Mercieca has in the recent weeks visited this school to inaugurate the identified project.  Funding was available through the ecoGozo scheme for educational institutions out of which a total of...
    Promoting sports at the Bishop’s Conservatory Primary School
    The Bishops Conservatory Primary School was another beneficiary from ecoGozo scheme for educational institutions.  The project, to promote sports and combat obesity among children; to promote science and research in school and to promote creativity in children through pottery and crafts was concluded.  Various pottery lessons with hands-on activities were held. Students created their own pencil holders and other pottery sculptures. Moreover, various sports and science equipment were procured for more effective science lessons and physical...
    Enhancing the ICT training facilities at the MCAST Gozo Centre
    The MCAST Gozo Centre invested in the procurement of four interactive white boards so as to enhance the centre's provision of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) classes and other vocational courses. This investment will also provide a better educational environment for students.   Mr Grazio Mercieca, on behalf on Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Anton Refalo, has in the recent weeks visited this school to inaugurate the identified project.  Funding was available through the ecoGozo scheme...
    Embellishment of open areas at The Gozo College Girls’ Secondary
    The embellishment of an open area was a project done by The Gozo College Girls Secondary.  The project consisted in the embellishing of an open area with the aim of making it more attractive for the use of students. Benches were also included in order to facilitate students reading and discussion sessions.  The Hon. Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo has in the recent weeks visited this school to inaugurate the identified project.  Funding was available through...
    The Ministry for Gozo launches the travel to Gozo weekend: Valentine special
    The Ministry for Gozo believes that there is untapped potential for further growth for the island of Gozo. The Ministry for Gozo is focusing on policies to strengthen Gozos unique elements. This morning, Minister for Gozo Anton refalo announced the initiative Travel to Gozo Weekend-Valentine Special. This innovative initiative is being undertaken in collaboration with the Bank of Valletta and with the support of Gozo Channel, Gozo Tourism Association and the Gozo Business Chamber. Gozo Channel...
    Upgrading Information Technology (IT) facilities at The Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Gozo
    This project has seen the installation of two interactive whiteboards at the Faculties of Philosophy and Theology at The Sacred Heart Major Seminary. This improved infrastructure in two lecture rooms has introduced facilities for interactive lectures and access to internet in class.  The Hon. Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo has in the recent weeks visited the Sacred Heart Seminary to inaugurate the identified project.  Funding was available through the ecoGozo scheme for educational institutions out...
    Restoration in Xagħra aimed towards improving the quality of the villages and to increase religious tourism in Gozo.
    The government is committed to work with various church entities to support them in their mission especially in the social sector. This was stated by the Minister for Gozo Anton Refalo following a financial agreement that was reached with the Xag'ra Parish Church. The Ministry for Gozo shall be financing the materials and supplies required for this project which amount to around ¬106,000. The Xag'ra Parish Church has been seeking financial help for years to...
    Reduce and reuse to create...
    The second issue of the Green initiatives was issued.  Follow some simple instructions on how to reduce your paper and plastic waste.  Also, get to know how to prepare some christmas decorations by using used paper and plastic. ...
    An eco-lovers guide to Gozo
    The website http://www.goodtrippers.co.uk have carried out an article regarding the possibility of having an eco-friendly holiday in Gozo.  This website features the best eco-friendly, ethical, sustainable and responsible travel options  luxury eco resorts and simple homestays. "The Maltese island of Gozo has more than enough for those looking for an eco-friendly holiday&Gozo, just under 70 square kilometers in size, is part of the Maltese archipelago consisting of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. Located in the centre of...
    Maintenance works completed at Ramla valley, Gozo.
    The Ministry for Gozo is continuing in its effort to increase rain water harvesting capacity in valleys. This is being done by cleaning the valleys and therefore preserving rain water in various valleys in Gozo.  Such a measure forms an integral part of the ecoGozo action plan.  A number of valleys which have been cleaned include, Wied ta Zejta, Wied tal-Grazzja limits of Rabat, Wied tar-Ramla limits of Xaghra, Wied tal-Ort limits of Ghasri, Wied...
    Open week for Home-Start in Gozo
    Home-Start Gozo is currently during its second volunteers campaign. As part of this yearly event, Home-Start has been given the opportunity to campaign at Arkadia Gozo, on Friday 22nd November and at The Duke Shopping Mall on Saturday 23rd November. Home-Start Gozo office will also be open to the public on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th November for persons who are interested in joining the group of volunteers as well as for others who may...
    Cleaning of two valleys in Gozo
    Minister for Gozo visited Wied l-Infern, limits of Zebbug and Wied tal-Barumbara, limits of Ghajnsielem, where extensive valley cleaning was done.  The main purpose was to clean the valleys and increase the water retention capacity  to store rain water during the rainy season. In the year 2012 no valleys were cleaned.  The Hon. Minister Refalo showed his gratitude towards the work by the EcoGozo Regional Development Directorate, who were also present during this visit so...
    Green Initiative Program
    As part of the Green Initiative Program at the Ministry for Gozo, a series of Info-shots will be published and circulated periodically.  The main aim of these info-shots is to raise awareness on how to go green and healthy in a sustainable manner.  They will contain simple and practical tips which can be adopted in our daily life. A green routine might sound complex or cumbersome, however it can easily be incorporated into our daily routine  - so...
    Conference by the Mental Health Association Gozo
    The Mental Health Association Gozo is organising their annual conference regarding mental health.  This year's conference will deal on the reality of dementia. The conference will be held on Friday 11 October between 8.30am and 2.00pm at the Ministry for Gozo conference hall.  For more information, one may send an email to mhagozo@gmail.com or by phone on 79815542 or 79593354....
    Photo exhibition
    As part of the SIMBIOTIC project, a photo exhibition will be held between 1st and 4th October 2013 to mark the end of the SIMBIOTIC Project. This exibition will feature photos of flora and fauna which characterise the Maltese and Sicilian landscapes will be held at the Gozo College, Boys Secondary School, Europa Street, Victoria Gozo.   For more information please visit www.simbiotic.eu...
    EcoGozo projects inaugurated in Gozitan schools
    Hon. Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo has inaugurated a number of ecoGozo projects in schools in Gozo. These projects were financed under the ecoGozo schools’ scheme, where each school had the opportunity to benefit from a total grant of €3000. A total of 16 schools are benefitting from this scheme. These include nine primary schools, seven of which within the Gozo college namely Xewkija, Qala, San Lawrenz, Nadur, Ghajnsielem, Xaghra and Zebbug, and two Church schools...
    Travelling to Gozo in a sustainable manner
    Local company promoting greener travel in line with the ecoGozo project. The Thomas Cook Group is one of the travel agents which is promoting sustainable travelling as part of their destination of excellence programme. The group has set targets that by 2020, its operations shall ensure that clients are among others; * respecting the local cultures and the natural environment, * buying local, * giving fair economic returns to local families, * recognising that water and energy are precious resources...
    Sun protection | Simple precautions in the sun
    Shade, clothing and hats provide the best protection – applying sunscreen becomes necessary on those parts of the body that remain exposed like the face and hands. Sunscreen should never be used to prolong the duration of sun exposure.The rise in the incidence of skin cancers over the past decades is strongly related to increasingly popular outdoor activities and recreational exposure. Overexposure to sunlight is widely accepted as the underlying cause for harmful effects on...
    Local workshop promoting efficient water use in Malta
    The Ministry for Gozo considers water as an important resource and it undertakes several initiatives to increase rainwater harvesting and also to reduce water consumption.  In this regard, the Ministry for Gozo is one of seven partners participating in an EU funded project with the title Sustainable Domestic Water use in the Mediterranean Region (SWMED).  Activities being implemented under this project by this Ministry include the distribution of water saving kits to Gozitan households and...
    Meeting with Aquitaine delegation
    A delegation from Aquitaine had a courtesy meeting with Dr Grazio Mercieca, chief of staff of the Ministry for Gozo.  In the same meeting, the delegation was also briefed about the ecoGozo vision and its related initiatives.  The delegation programme included also visits to Ta’ Mena Agritourism, Dwejra, Cittadella, Victoria and meetings with Gozo Business Chamber and the Gozo Tourism Association.  The aim of this visit was to meet stakeholders and policy makers in the fields...
    Landmarks in Gozo, towards a more sustainable living…
    St Francis School Victoria has recently set up an exhibition showcasing some of the models presented by its students on public landmarks in Gozo.  In particular, students projected ways on how to use such landmarks to generate energy from renewable resources including the use of solar panels and better use of water and wind energy. Click here to download the project....
    Eco Gozo: towards a sustainable future
    Between the 10th and 17th May 2013, an exhibition at the Ministry for Gozo is showcasing the various projects being planned or carried out in Gozo in relation with the ecoGozo vision by the Ministry for Gozo and other stakeholders. The exhibition features a selection of projects undertaken by the Ministry for Gozo itself, Local Councils, Administrative Committees and NGOs in Gozo related to different sectors, namely the Economy, the Social dimension, the Environment and Cultural...
    Educational walk for year 5 students
    An educational walk for year 5 students at Dwejra valley will be held for students.  They will be taught more on the plants and indigenous trees present in this valley.  Date & Time: Thursday 25th April 2013 | 9.30am  You can also donwload the poster by clicking here.    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to strong winds, this activity is postponed to Thursday 2nd May 2013...
    The ecoGozo ultra
    After its successful debut in 2012 the Hellfire Ultra Trail will take place on Saturday the 6th of April on the Island of Gozo, departing Nadur at 8:00 for the ultrarunners and team pairs (run and bike), and 11.00am for the solo mountain bikers and 21k trail. The Ultra route is over 50km with checkpoints throughout the route. The course is a gorgeous circumnavigation of the island which covers cliff edge single tracks, lush valleys...
     Think Safety Live Healthy
    The Health & Safety teachers within the Gozo College organised once again a hands-on experience for all Year 6 Gozo College pupils.  This experience took place between the 4th and 8th March 2013, in a typical Gozitan Farmhouse situated in the picturesque village of Gharb. The various rooms of the farmhouse provided the right setting for leading the children to become aware of the various hazards found around the house and how these risks can...
    Earth Hour - Gozo joins the world to protect the planet
    On Saturday 23rd March 2013 between 8.30 and 9.30pm, the island of Gozo will join the rest of the world for the Earth hour initiative. The aim of this activity is to encourage households, businesses, private and public establishments to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. The first Earth hour took place in 2007 in Sydney, with other cities joining and...
    Talk about Permaculture for the general public
     A talk about Permaculture was held for the general public on Wednesday 27th February 2013 at the Gozo College San Lawrenz Primary and was delivered by Mr. Peppi Gauci from the PermaCulture Research Foundation Malta.  It was financed by the Directorate for EcoGozo and Regional Development within the Ministry for Gozo through the ecoGozo scheme for educational institutions. The term Permaculture refers to the bond between ideas of sustainability based on scientific studies and the designs...
    Another initiative in favour of sustainable use of water in Gozo
    Residencies in all Gozitan localities started receiving water saving kits with the aim of increasing awareness and education on the sustainable use of water and to increase conservation of this scarce resource in the mean sea level aquifer. This initiative is part of the Sustainable Domestic Water Use in Mediterranean Regions (SWMED) project which is co-financed by the European Union under the ENPI CBC MED programme. The Ministry for Gozo, as one of the partners...
    EcoGozo funded school gym at Gozo College Zebbug Primary
    Gozo College Zebbug Primary is aiming high to integrate and accelerate three dimensional learning in the school curriculum. To enhance the attainment of three dimensional learning, the school is currently focusing on the cross curricular project entitled Defeating Obesity through Sports and Healthy Eating. This project aims at giving each and every child an equal opportunity to improve his/her skills on three fundamental dimensions of learning  – physical (balance, flexibility, endurance), mental (increased concentration, alertness,...
    Health Awareness Day 2013
    A health awareness day will be organised by the health awareness committee on the 19th March at the Arcadia Commercial Centre.  Professional staff will be offering various services, including BMI recording, blood pressure reading, blood glucose testing and intracular pressure reading. A physiotherapist will also provide back screening and advice on posture control. Pysical traning lessons will be held on the same day.  ...
    Il-farm tal-gvern f’Għawdex jinbidel f’ċentru ta’ riċerka agrikola b’investiment ta’ €1miljun
    Fil-Farm tal-Gvern fix-Xewkija saru diversi xogħlijiet ta’ ristrutturar u mmodernizzar b’investiment ta’ madwar €1 miljun, biex b’hekk dan is-sit joffri faċilitajiet bħala Ċentru ta’ Innovazzjoni fix-Xjenzi Rurali u l-Ambjent. Dan ix-xogħol twettaq bħala parti mill-ħidma tal-Ministeru għal Għawdex skont il-Pjan ta’ Azzjoni EkoGħawdex 2010-2012 u jirrappreżenta wkoll it-twettieq ta’ wegħda oħra fil-programm elettorali ta’ dan il-Gvern.  L-Onor. Giovanna Debono, Ministru għal Għawdex, żaret il-post u setgħet tara  x-xogħlijiet li twettqu permezz ta’ dan il-proġett. Dawn ix-xogħlijiet...
    SIMBIOTIC site visit of the 23rd February postponed
    PRESS NOTICE BY THE MINISTRY FOR GOZONotice No. 17/2013 Due to unforeseen circumstances the field visit to SIMBIOTIC sites in Gozo scheduled for Saturday 23rd February, 2013 is being postponed to Saturday 2nd March, 2013. Free transport will be provided from Mgarr Ferry Terminal to the Government Experimental Farm, Xewkija at 8.45 am. The activity will end at 12.45 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For further information please contact david.dandria@gov.mt. 18. 02. 2013...
    Informative field visits
    A number of informative field visits will be held with regards the SIMBIOTIC project. These field visits to SIMBIOTIC sites (starting at the Government Experimental Farm) will be held on Saturday 16th and 3rd March. All interested are welcome to attend. Free transport from Victoria Car park at 9.15 am on 16th February and from Mgarr Ferry Terminal at 8.45 am on 23rd February. The visits will end at 12.45 pm.  For more information or bookings, please contact...
    SIMBIOTIC - Post-Secondary School students visit the Centre for Innovation Rural Sciences and Environmental Management
    A group of Post-Secondary Students studying Geography and Environmental Studies from Sir M. A. Refalo, visited the Centre for Innovation Rural Sciences and Environmental Management (CIRSEM) at Xewkija. This visit was one of the activities related to the European Union project  Simbiotic  (Sicily-Malta Biogeographical Transboundary Insular Connectivity). The project proposes to strengthen planning and management and to serve as a pilot project for the  restoration of degraded habitats in Gozo and of a system of...
    2,900 Gozitan students benefit from more facilities in schools
    Around 2,900 Gozitan students attending 14 schools around Gozo and more than 1,100 participants attending the Gozo Centre for Arts and Crafts, Wistin Camilleri and the School of Music are benefiting from new facilities and a better environment in schools. This has been possible through the projects under the scheme for educational institutions financed by the ecoGozo Action Plan 2010-2012. This was stated by the Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, during the presentation of funds...
    More than 5,400 trees have been planted in Gozo over the past 3 years
    During the last three years a total of more than 5,400 trees, more than 244,000 plants and seedlings and nearly 31,000 shrubs were planted in Gozo.  These can be found in various sites around the island amongst which Mgarr Grove, Three Hills Garden in Marsalforn and in four designated areas which are being afforestated as part of the Simbiotic project: at Ta’ Lambert, limits of Xewkija, it-Taksis limits of Qala, two sites at the Government...
    Begin at home
    Increased concern about climate change is getting more of us to think of what we can do to help save the environment. Fortunately, there’s plenty we can do – as thousands  of Gozitan households discovered thanks to a campaign known as Naqqas u Ffranka (Save and Reduce). A Gozo-wide information campaign launched by the Ministry for Gozo, in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) of the University of Malta, this project resulted in...
    The Ministry for Gozo condemns the acts of vandalism
    The Ministry for Gozo condemns the acts of vandalism  that have been taking place in  recent  weeks in the sites known as Ta’ Lambert, limits of Xewkija and at It-Taksis, limits of Qala.  These acts resulted in the theft or destruction of 39 trees which were planted in the first week of November 2012, estimated to cost around €800.  These include 18 Carob trees, 9 Sandarac gum trees, 5 Holm Oak trees, 1 Bay Laurel...
    Eco-truck at Għajnsielem Local Council from the Ministry for Gozo
    Through the ecoGozo scheme for Gozitan Local Councils, the Ghajnsielem Local Council has purchased an eco-truck which will be utilised for general works undertaken in the locality.  This electric truck will contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions in Ghajnsielem. The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, explained how the procurement of this truck is part of a holistic project which is being implemented by the Ghajnsielem Local Council through the ecoGozo scheme for Local Councils,...
    Green Flag award for two schools in Gozo
    Two primary schools within the Gozo College were awarded the Green Flag during a ceremony as part of the ekoSkola annual seminar held in Gozo, at the Nadur Primary school.  This event also included the introduction of two new environment programs in Gozitan schools: Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) and Learning About Forests (LEAF). The Hon. Giovanna Debono presented the third Green Flag to the Xaghra Primary School and the second Green Flag to the...
    Conference on post-natal depression in Gozo
    I have a baby...why am I unhappy? was the theme of a conference aimed at increasing awareness on post-natal depression.  This conference was organised by the Gozo Mental Health Association with the collaboration of the Ministry for Gozo and was held at the Xewkija Primary School. During the opening speech, the Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, expressed her gratitude to this Association which today has become a valid focal-point with regard to mental health in...
    Wishing you a happy (green) Christmas
    While wishing our readers a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, below are some green ideas you might observe while enjoying these festivites.   Choose LEDs (light-emitting diodes) instead of incandescent bulbs to decorate your tree and home. Some holiday gifts fill a practical need and need to be bought new. But many gifts are really gestures of thoughtfulness. You can give more while spending less. look for locally made gifts - many gifts in today's marketplace come...
    Healthy Awareness Day
    The Health Awareness Committee within the Gozo General Hospital will be holding a Health Awareness Day at the Duke Commercial Centre on Thursday, 13th December, 2012 at 9am.  Professional staff will be offering Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements, blood pressure readings, blood glucose testing and advice on proper foot care. The Community Chest Fund will be present to accept donations in aid of L-iStrina. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend....
    Investment in an innovative agricultural project for farmers and herdsmen in Gozo
    Around ¬1.2 million is being invested to develop the Government Experimental Farm in Xewkija to a Centre for Innovation in Rural Sciences and Environmental Management.  This project is being led by the Ministry for Gozo with the collaboration of the University of Malta to promote good agricultural practices respecting more the health and the environment while encouraging the introduction of new agricultural systems in Gozo.  This will also help in the improvement of facilities and services...
    Public art embellish infrastructural works for a nicer environment in Gozo
    Six out of 13 works of art which were commissioned by the Ministry for Gozo are now embellishing various public spaces in Gozo.  This was stated by Hon. Giovanna Debono during her visit to two works of art which were installed recently under this this Public Art scheme. The Minister explained how this scheme, launched by the Ministry for Gozo in December 2010, was one of the initiatives related with the implementation of the ecoGozo Action...
    Simbiotic Project - habitat restoration of four sites in Gozo
    The SIMBIOTIC Project in Gozo SIMBIOTIC is a project implemented co-jointly by the Institute of Earth Systems of the University of Malta, the Ministry for Gozo, the Biology Department of the University of Catania and the Comune di Pachino in Syracuse. The project is financed by the Italia-Malta Territorial Cooperation Programme 2007  2013. SIMBIOTIC is an environmental restoration project aiming at enhancing the ecological connectivity of the SE Sicily-Gozo transboundary migratory route through ecological restoration, improved...
    Simbiotic workshop on habitat restoration in Gozo
    The Ministry for Gozo as partner in the SIMBIOTIC Project in collaboration with the University of Malta (Lead Partner for SIMBIOTIC) is organising two events between Thursday, 29th November and Saturday, 1st December 2012.  These two events will surely prove interesting, useful and relevant to gain further knowledge about habitat restoration.   An invitation together with further details, a brochure and a poster about the two activities are attached. You are kindly requested to register your participation by...
    Eco-Schools National Operators Meeting
    To celebrate the 10th year of EkoSkola Malta and the 50th year of Nature Trust Malta the International Eco-Schools National Operators meeting was held in Malta. Around 70 delegates from 50 different countries attended for the event. During their four day stay in Malta, the delegates had various meetings, school visits and cultural visits. They were also the guests of H.E. Dr. George Abela, President of Malta, who presided over the Green Flag award ceremony.  The...
    Dar Guzeppa Debono needs volunteers for Home-Start Gozo
    Dar Guzeppa Debono manages Home-Start Gozo through funding from the EcoGozo programme and with the assistance of Home-Start Malta and Agenzija Appogg. Home-Start offers parent-to-parent support to parents who, for some reason or other, are finding it difficult to cope. Families who ask for this service are given the support and guidance needed when facing challenging situations. These may include illness, multiple birth, mental and physical disability, isolation and lack of parenting skills. Parenting young children is...
    Transforming Gozo into an open-air art musuem
    In 2010, the Ministry for Gozo launched the Public Art Scheme whereby a call was made for artists to submit proposals for the creation of artistic sculptures for public spaces in Gozo. 43 works were selected out of 120 submissions. The first batch of thirteen works were commissioned and some of them have already been installed in a number of public areas including Villa Rundle, Three-Hills Garden, Mgarr Terminal and roundabouts. The materials used for...
    Malta at the World Travel Market 2012
    This year, Malta has been very prominently represented at the World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry - under the auspices of the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA). WTM is a vibrant must-attend four-day business-to-business event, presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and international travel professionals. By attending WTM, participants gain immediate competitive advantage for their business and stay abreast with the latest developments in the...
    More projects for a better quality of life in Zebbug Gozo
    The Santa Marija Philharmonic Society premises in Zebbug Gozo has been equipped with more environmental friendly facilities, thus offering a better quality of life.  This project involves the financing of ¬47,000 through a scheme by the Ministry for Gozo for Non Governmental Organisations for the implementation of projects related to the ecoGozo Action Plan 2010-2012. The Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono accompanied by the administration of the Society, amongst which President Mr. George Cefai,...
    Restoration works carried out by Wirt Ghawdex and sponsored by the Ministry for Gozo have been inaugurated
    The historical heritage of our island is an essential part of the various characteristics which give Gozo its distinctive identity, and thus it is important for this heritage to be appreciated and conserved.  Hon. Giovanna Debono stated this during the inauguration of restoration works at the historical buildings known as porvlista, mines, shelters and grain silos at the Citadel.  These works were being coordinated by Wirt Ghawdex as part of a larger project which included the...
    A new resource pack for teachers
    Vision and scope of the material The Alter Aqua educational material is the result of a fruitful cooperation of a committed team from Greece and Malta with the ambition to raise awareness and sensitise the educational community on the very crucial issue of Non-Conventional Water Resources across the Mediterranean, and particularly in the Maltese Islands. The material has been developed based on the principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). It aspires to be a flexible tool in the hands...
    ImaginAIR - photo story competition
    The quality of the air we breathe affects our health and our environment. Even though the impact of poor air quality in Europe is not always visible, air pollution can damage plants, trigger respiratory diseases and result in a shorter life expectancy for humans. We are all affected by air pollution. What does air pollution mean to you? Has air pollution had an impact on your life? Do you have a story to tell about air...
    Public consultation on the second ecoGozo Action Plan 2013-2015
    A public consultation related to the second ecoGozo Action Plan 2013-2015 was launched earlier this morning.  The scope of this consultation is to give the opportunity to everyone to have their say and air their views, ideas and proposals they wish to see implemented in the next three years under this proposed Action Plan.  During the same Conference, another document A vision of an eco-Island was presented. This document incorporates the proposals received during the...
    Various artistic works to be enjoyed by the public
    The first of four artistic works from a total of 43 were chosen from the Public Art Scheme and installed in various sites around Gozo.  Through this scheme launched by the Ministry for Gozo in 2010, the first of its kind in Malta and Gozo, works of art can now be exhibited in public. These works are Il-Menħir by ceramist Kathleen Formosa which was placed at the Three Hills Garden in Marsalforn with a height of...
    Increased use of sustainable energy at the Ministry for Gozo
    From January to June of this year, the photovoltaic panels system installed on the Ministry for Gozo roofs have generated around 40,000 units of electricity.  With this installation, the Ministry is generating around 30% of all the energy demand from all the departments, offices and other sections operating within this administrative building or the equivalent energy consumption of 20 families in a year. This is the result of an initiative taken by the Ministry for Gozo...
    Do you want to drive an electric car for three months?
    If yes, join Malta’s DemoEV Pilot Project! This is your chance to take part in an electric vehicle demonstration, along with other members of the public and also of the business community. The Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs (MRRA), as part of the DemoEV (Demonstration of the Feasibility of Electric Vehicles towards Climate Change Mitigation) Project, is looking for volunteers from all walks of life, to drive an electric vehicle for a 3-month period.   The...
    Three Hills Garden inagurated
    Below is the official speech by Dr Lawrence Gonzi, Prime Minister on the inuguration of the Three Hills Garden in Marsalforn.   Diskors tal-Prim Ministru Lawrence Gonzi waqt l-inawgurazzjoni tal-Ġnien it-Tliet Għoljiet   “qed noħolqu aktar spazji miftuħa għaliex irridu l-aħjar għal uliedek, l-aħjar ambjent fejn jilagħbu, l-aħjar biex jikbru b’saħħithom…..”   Fi 3 xhur f’Għawdex ġew inawgurati u qed jintużaw mit-tfal u l-familji żewġ ġonna pubbliċi ġodda – Villa Rundle u mill-bieraħ Ġnien it-tliet Għoljiet f’Marsalforn.   F’diskors li għamel il-Prim Ministru...
    Gozo awarded for the second consecutive year for the quality of its coastal areas, this time with the Quality Coast Gold Award.
    Gozo and Comino classified third from amongst 100 coastal destinations in Europe chosen as sustainable touristic destinations.  The Quality Coast Awards has the aim to promote coastal destinations with views and natural landscapes while also incorporating other factors such as culture and identity, natural and cultural heritage and a clean maritime environment.  The Quality Coast Awards are considered as a prestigious honour and are aimed at assisting the tourist operators in promoting sustainable destinations.  During the...
    Another 8 localities benefit from a scheme issued by the Ministry for Gozo
    Eight projects will be implemented in eight localities in Gozo through the financing of ¬400,000 under the ecoGozo scheme for Local Councils and Administrative Committees. This is the second call launched for Local Councils to implement projects in conformity with the ecoGozo action plan 2010-2012. The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo announced this in a press conference attended by Mayors and Executive Secretaries of Fontana, Ghajnsielem, Kercem, San Lawrenz, Sannat, Victoria, Xewkija and Zebbug. During...
    Bins for recycled paper for more than 2300 Gozitan students
    Cardboard wastepaper bins were distributed to all classrooms in primary schools in Gozo giving the possibility to more than 2300 students attending these same schools to implement a paper recycling initiative.  Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, addressed the schoolchildren and noted how through this activity they shall be contributing to ensuring a better Gozo.  Minister Debono gave this comment during an activity held at Kercem Primary school on the occasion of the World Environment...
    Scheme for Projects by Educational Institutions in Gozo contributing towards the implementation of the Eco Gozo Short-Term Action Plan (2010 – 2012)
    Scheme for Projects by Educational Institutions in Gozo contributing towards the implementation of the EcoGozo Short-Term Action Plan (2010  2012). Click here to download the required documents....
    GOZO – 10 GREAT WALKS  - għodda utli għat-turisti f’Għawdex
    “Ir-ramblers u dawk kollha li jħobbu jimxu, issa għandhom l-opportunità li jesperjenzaw lil Għawdex minn perspettiva aktar personali. Dan permezz tal-pubblikazzjoni Gozo – 10 great walks li ser jiffaċilita wkoll il-mawriet f’inħawi rurali, fil-qalba tal-irħula u f’siti ta’ wirt storiku, li flimkien ma’ kosta nadifa jikkostittwixxu ambjent uniku madwar il-gżira.” Dan qalitu l-Ministru għal Għawdex, l-Onor. Giovanna Debono, meta dalgħodu ġiet ippreżentata bil-ktejjeb Gozo: 10 Great Walks mill-awturi Jonathan Henwood u Emmet McMahon li kitbu wkoll...
    You 4 energy
    A year 6 student, Rachel Vella, has written her ideas on how to protect better our environment.  Read carefully her thoughts and make them yours!                                        In the last weeks, the ecoGozo department has also launched a new music video, Ma Kikku ghal ekoGhawdex, where children accompanied by Kikku, sing positive messages on the environment and the need to take care of our island.  Follow this link to view and listen to the new music video....
    Make Holidays Greener – June 2012 – Consumer Awareness Campaign – Eco-Gozo Initiative
    The ‘Make Holidays Greener’ is an initiative launched by the UK Travel Foundation to minimise the negative and maximise the positive impacts of holiday makers.  The Foundation‘s main focus is to challenge consumers to do just one thing that will help benefit local people and protect the environment in their holiday destinations.  To this end the Ministry for Gozo and the Malta Tourism Authority has partnered with this Foundation on a ‘Make Holidays Greener month’...
    A new museum set up in Gharb through ecoGozo funds
    A new parochial museum, Ecclesia Mater, will be permanently exhibiting artifacts related to the parochial history of the village of Gharb.  These exhibits are proof of thousands of years of history dating back to the Phoenicians, Arabs and the present time. Amongst the unique attractions in this collection one can find pottery dating to the Phoenicians as well as a collection of Arabic and Jewish coins which are a proof of the trade present in this...
    OBIMED – Out of the Blue in the Mediterranean
    OBIMED aims at increasing cross border collaboration between Malta, Gozo and Sicily leading to a sustainable increase in economic activity for tourism operators present in the respective territories.  This objective will be achieved by improving the accessibility to several tourist attractions present within the territories and by the development of a common product offer aimed at countering the seasonal element negatively affecting operators in the tourism sector. Co-ordination between territorial stakeholders and innovative technological tools such...
    The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, presents payments to a number of Gozitan NGOs
    The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, presents payments to a number of Gozitan NGOs that benefitted from the Eco Gozo scheme for non governmental organisations. Around 40 different projects or initiatives were effected by 37 NGOs in all Gozitan localities thus benefitting communities all around the island. 06/06/2012...
    Consultation by the Ministry for Gozo on rural tourism
    “All those present here can contribute effectively in what is being planned today in order to provide guidelines for the future”.  This was stated by the Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo during her address to tourist operators, commercial sector and other socio-economic representatives who were present during a consultation meeting regarding the Ministry for Gozo participation in the ICER project (Innovative Concept of Eco-Accommodation Approach in Rural Regions) financed by the Interreg Programm IVC...
    Minister for Gozo is presented with two booklets by the Fondazzjoni ta’ Klula of Santa Luċija
    The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo is presented with two booklets compiled by Rev. Dr Joseph Bezzina for the Fondazzjoni ta’ Klula of Santa Luċija.  One of the booklets covers the prehistoric and medieval sites in the Santa Luċija area, while the other consists of a collection of local legends connected with this tranquil hamlet. A heritage trail through the village of Santa Luċija Gozo and its environs and Ten singular stories from the...
    Rural Tourism in Gozo - CONSULTATION MEETING
      Venue: Grand Hotel, Għajnsielem Gozo Date: Thursday 24th May 2012 Time: 08:30 – 13:00 Participation is free of charge.   Interested persons are invited to confirm their attendance through the contacts below by not later than Tuesday 22nd May 2012. Contact Details: Ms. Amity Gauci on 22156315, amity.gauci@gov.mt Mr. Joseph Theuma on 22100287, joseph.a.theuma@gov.mt  ...
     Healthy Eating Campaign for Form 4 students
    For the third consecutive year, Form 4 students attending state and church secondary schools in Gozo, attended informative and hands-on sessions at the Institute for Tourism Studies in Qala. Students were also informed about the variety of courses offered at the Institute. These sessions form part of the Healthy Eating Campaign organised annually by the Ministry for Gozo as an initiative that conforms with the Eco Gozo Action Plan...
    Diskors mill-onor. Lawrence, Gonzi, Prim Ministru waqt l-inawgurazzjoni tal-proġett ta’ rijabilitazzjoni fi ġnien Villa Rundle – Rabat, Għawdex - il-Ħamis, 17 ta’ Mejju 2012
    Hu ta pja ir li llum qed ninawguraw ix-xog'lijiet estensivi ta tisbi' li twettqu fdan il-!nien storiku li g'andu sinifikat spe jali mhux biss g'al-lokalità tal-Belt Victoria fejn jinsab, i|da huwa wkoll ikkunsidrat b'ala landmark ewlenija fil-g|ira ta G'awdex. Kumbinazzjoni qeg'din hawn? Illum ninsabu hawn g'aliex b'ala pajji| idde idejna li nid'lu fl-Unjoni Ewropea u g'aliex il-Gvern g'amel g'a|liet ari favur tag'kom l-G'awdxin li tg'ixu hawn.  G'amilna g'a|liet ta kif ninvestu l-fondi tal-Unjoni Ewropea u l-fondi nazzjonali fi pro!etti...
    Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana draws to a successful close
    The sixth edition of Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana, organised by the Ministry for Gozo, draws to a close today, Sunday 20th May. One of the focal points of this year’s event was the newly renovated Villa Rundle Gardens, and its various spots including the Greek-style amphitheatre. Over the weekend activities included an Artists’ Garden, with the students of the Music, Arts and Drama Schools in Gozo celebrating the four seasons of culture in art, music,...
    Diskors mill-onor. Giovanna Debono, Ministru għal Għawdex, waqt l-inawgurazzjoni tal-proġett ta’ rijabilitazzjoni fi ġnien Villa Rundle – Rabat, Għawdex - il-Ħamis, 17 ta’ Mejju 2012
    Qabel xejn nixtieq nirringrazzjakom li tajtu sinifikat lil din l-okka|joni tal-lejla permezz tal-pre|enza tag'kom. Grazzi talli lqajtu l-istedina tag'na u ng'aqadtu mag'na g'al din l-inawgurazzjoni. Nistg'u ng'idu li din tal-lejla ser tkun inawgurazzjoni storika li tg'aqqad dak li nbeda 97 sena ilu ma dak li twettaq fdawn l-a''ar sentejn. Ix-xog'lijiet li saru ser jippermettu li dak li wrietna minn g'and ta qabilna ser inkunu nistg'u ng'adduh g'at-tgawdija ta !enerazzjoniiet tal-pre|ent u l-futur, fkundizzjoni ferm a'jar. Ta dan...
    Why should one opt to study at I.T.S?
    Deciding to start a course at ITS is not just about joining any institute or university. Apart from offering you a wide choice of programmes within the premises of the ITS Campus with multiple entry and exit points, we commit ourselves to provide you with abundant opportunities to learn and to thrive towards achieving your goals. You will have complete freedom to explore, learn about new subjects, meet new ...
    SIMBIOTIC Project – Invitation to a Meeting for Stakeholders
    The Ministry for Gozo is participating in an Italia- Malta EU Project entitled SIMBIOTIC. The aims of the project are to enhance the ecological integrity, connectivity and management effectiveness of protected area landscapes in the Syracuse-Gozo cross border area.  You are invited to attend an introductory meeting for stakeholders during which the activities of the Project will be explained. The meeting will be held on Saturday 26th May at 9.15am (venue to be announced later).  Following...
    Free ferry  for passengers for Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana
    Gozo Channel Company Ltd will be offering free return crossings between Gozo and Malta for foot passengers from midnight on Saturday, 19 May, to midnight on Sunday, 20 May. This is expected to attract more Maltese visitors and thus contribute towards the success of the sixth edition of Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana, organised by the Ministry for Gozo. This offer does not apply for vehicles. On Friday, 18 May, at 9.00 p.m. Soundtracks Spectacular is being...
    Imnedija l-kanzunetta ‘ma’ Kikku għal eko-Għawdex’
    Messaġġi li nkitbu jew intqalu mingħand it-tfal matul iż-żmien li kienet għaddejja l-konsultazzjoni publika marbuta ma’ eko-Għawdex, inġabru flimkien u ġew komposti f’kanzunetta bit-titlu Ma’ Kikku għal Eko-Għawdex. Kif jixhed l-isem, permezz ta’ din il-kanzunetta, il-karattru Kikku flimkien mat-tfal Għawdxin iwasslu messaġġi favur l-ambjent, favur ħajja aktar sana u favur prattiċi tajbin, li jinkludu s-separazzjoni tal-iskart, użu ta’ enerġija alternattiva, proġetti ta’ afforestazzjoni u l-importanza tal-edukazzjoni primarja.  Ma’ Kikku għal Eko-Għawdex ġiet imnedija waqt attività mtellgħa ġewwa...
    Educational outing for year five students
    Year five students from Gozo College schools participated in an educational outing at Ħondoq ir-Rummien Valley, Qala.  This Spring outing was organised as part of the Hands on Farming programme within the Gozo College with the collaboration and support of the EcoGozo Regional Development Directorate.  The main aim of this outing, apart from appriciating the natural scenario, students get to know better the endemic species found in this place, amongst which Carrob, African Tamarisk, African...
    NAQQAS U FFRANKA | The eco Gozo Home Consultancy Visits are a success story!
    The Eco Gozo project Naqqas u Ffranka is leaving a positive impact on Gozitans who for the past weeks have opened their homes to experts on energy, waste and water management.  The trained staff have effectively taken to the streets in Gozo providing free information to all Gozitan households on eco friendly measures that will benefit the environment while reducing their energy and water consumption. The project is led and funded by the Eco Gozo Directorate...
    Kikku’s Diary launched on World Book Day
    The Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono launched Id-Djarju ta Kikku (Kikkus Diary) on World Book Day in an activity held at the Gozo Collage Victoria Primary School. Kikku is the lovable bee mascott created by the Ministry for Gozo to represent Gozitan children across all Eco Gozo projects taking place in Gozo. Id-Djarju ta Kikku includes all of Kikkus activities, especially those dealing with culture and the environment.  In his diary, Kikku narrates his efforts...
    A new recreational site at Ta’ Sannat financed by the Ministry for Gozo.
    Gozitan families and all those visiting the island can now enjoy another recreational area all year round. This was stated by the Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo during the inauguration of area newly refurbished public space known as id-Da'la ta - nus at Ta Sannat village. Present for the inauguration was Major Mr Philip Vella and Dr Stefan Bountempo, the Oppositions spokesman on Local Councils. Minister Debono stated that this recreational area at Ta Sannat is another...
    Weight Management Classes
    The Health Promotion Section within the Gozo General Hospital is offering Weight Management Classes.  This program is being held under the supervision of qualified health care professionals. The program consists of 8 sessions and a follow-up session spread out over a number of weeks.  Apart from losing weight, the aim of the program is to offer an opportunity to the participants to adopt a healthy lifestyle by changing their ...
    Support Schemes - roof thermal insulation and double glazed windows and doors
    The Malta Resources Authority launched a scheme aiming to encourage the use of systems for domestic use that reduce the consumption of energy or those systems that make use of renewable sources of energy. The scheme was in line with the Budget 2011 and applies to roof thermal insulation material and double glazed windows or doors.   This scheme is regulated by Government Notice 409 of 2012.   For more information, please click here.    ...
    Minister for Gozo meets Gozitan youths
    The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo meets Gozitan youths who showed interest in being part of the Gozo Regional Youth Council. This council is intended to provide young people in Gozo with an effective representation and to recognise the work of these youth groups to the benefit of Gozitan society. It will also help establish a recognised forum where young people will discuss, share ideas and promote more collaboration between their respective organisations. 29/03/2012...
    The Ministry for Gozo committed to reduce water consumption in Gozo
    The Ministry for Gozo’s efforts to reduce water consumption in Gozo were presented at the 6th World Water Forum   (Marseille, France, 12-16 March 2012) by the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med).   In line with the Ministry’s Eco-Gozo Action Plan 2010-2012, the Ministry of Gozo is co-funding the Alter Aqua project, a two-year water saving and water re-use project, aimed at collecting more than 4 million litres of rainwater each year and using treated wastewater for irrigation. The...
    Students, family and educators together for a healthier life
    Gozitan students, mothers, grandparents and educators participated in an activity by the Ministry for Gozo with the aim to promote good healthy practices in relation to the preparation and choice of food.  The aim of this activity, named Healthy Living Brunch, is in conformity with the ecoGozo action plan 2010-2012 and in-line with the strategy Pi| tajjeb tul il-&ajja launched on a national level by the Ministry for Health, the Elderly and Community Care. During her...
    Kercem and Marsalforn benefitting from another Eco Gozo scheme issued by the Ministry for Gozo.
    “Amongst various works and projects undergone last year, 5 kilometres of rubble walls were restored and built by those Local Councils, Administrative Committees and Non Governmental Organisations who participated in the schemes issued by the Ministry for Gozo as part of the ecoGozo action plan 2010-2012”. This was stated by the Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono when visiting two villages: Kercem and Marsalforn, which benefited from these ecoGozo schemes.Minister Debono expressed her satisfaction at...
    Għajnsielem benefits from another project financed by the Ministry for Gozo
    Major embellishment in Il-pjazza tad-Dehra: a distinctive zone in the Gozitan village of Ghajnsielem, is possible thanks to funding from another scheme issued by the Ministry for Gozo. The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, visited the ongoing works on this site.  Mayor Frans Cauchi explained how through such funding, the Council is restoring the site known as l-G'ajn tal-&asselin.  Reconstruction of arches, which originally formed part of the springs entrance, will provide space for a...
    SIMBIOTIC Project - Meeting for Stakeholders
    The Ministry for Gozo is participating in an Italia- Malta EU Project entitled SIMBIOTIC. The aims of the project are to enhance the ecological integrity, connectivity and management effectiveness of protected area landscapes in the Syracuse-Gozo cross border area. An introductory meeting for stakeholders during which the activities of the Project will be explained  will be held on Friday 23rd March at 9.30 am at Hotel Xlendi with the following programme:                                 0915                 Registration  ...
    Embellishment of public places in Gozo
    This article was published on the Let's Gozo, 4th edition.  For more information and to read the full magazine, visit www.letsgozo.com.mt Download the full page from here. ____________________________________________ Gozo is beautiful.  The scenery and landscape enjoyed from most parts of the island is unique and has contributed towards the island's tourist and economic endeavors for many years now.  Yet it was only recently, mainly in the past decade, that Gozo's beauty has also been accentuated through...
    Health Awareness Day
    The Health Awareness Committee within the Gozo General Hospital will be holding a Health Awareness day at the Arkadia Commercial Centre on Saturday 31st March, 2012. Professional staff will be offering weight and body mass index (BMI) recording. blood pressure reading, blood glucose testing and intraocular pressure reading.  A physiotherapist will also provide back screening and advice on posture control. Physical training lessons will be held on the same day. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, download the...
    Conclusive works at the new garden in Marsalforn
    Of the many public projects soon to be completed in Gozo, the new Three Hills Garden in Marsalforn will surely be amongst the most attractive to visitors. The new garden has been described by Minister for Gozo Giovanna Debono as a new garden offering new recreational space where Gozitan families and all those visiting the island can enjoy this new public space. The new garden boasts of state of the art facilities for children to recreate...
    Gozo week held at the University of Malta campus
    The ‘Gozo Week’ was organised by the Gozo University Group in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo and the ecoGozo Regional Development Directorate which took place at the University of Malta campus between the 27th February and 2nd March 2012.  Various events and activities took place during this week, as well as six stands portraying Gozo and its characteristics.  One of the stands displayed a photo exhibition by Gozitan photographers while another had traditional Gozitan produced...
    Parish registers undergoing restoration works
    The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo was shown restoration works currently being effected on two parish registers which are among the oldest to be found in Gozo. These registers provide a unique glimpse on the social development of Gozo after the siege of 1551. The restoration works are part of a project coordinated by the Historical Cultural Committee of St George’s Basilica of Victoria. This project is one of 51 projects benefitting through two schemes...
    Healthy Living Brunch
    The Ministry for Gozo is holding a Healthy Living Brunch for the general public with the aim to promote healthy lifestyles. Talks will be delivered by Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo and Dr. John Xuereb Dingli who will talk about the current situation with children in our schools. Later on, Nutritionist Eileen Vella will talk about practical things which may help in improving one’s quality of life. Mr. Felix Busuttil will talk about choosing...
    Works by 13 artists will embellish public places in Gozo
    “By the end of this year 13 different artistic works will be embellishing  public spaces around Gozo.  These are the first sculptures which were commissioned out of the 43 which were selected amongst all those who participated in the Public Art in Gozo Scheme launched by the Ministry for Gozo in 2010.” This was stated by the Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono during an activity during which she presented the initial payment to the...
    Ministry for Gozo finances projects by Don Bosco Oratory
    A total of ¬50.000 was granted by the Ministry for Gozo under the ecoGozo scheme directed at Gozitan Non Governmental Organisations. The projects, which were inaugurated by the Hon Giovanna Debono Minister for Gozo were completed by the Don Bosco Oratory in Victoria Gozo which included the installation of a passenger lift and the changing of light fixtures. During the inauguration of these projects, Minister Debono, expressed her satisfaction at such an initiative taken by Fr...
    Rural tourism increases job opportunities in Gozo
    Rural tourism in Gozo is amongst the agents for increased work opportunities for youths and other workers in Gozo.  Such  niche touristic opportunities  are attracting more visitors to   Gozo, further enhancing  the islands economic development . The  Hon Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo explained the importance of rural tourism for Gozo during the opening session of the conference held in Gozo as part of the project Innovative Concept of Eco-Accommodation Approach in Rural Regions (ICER). ...
    Cycle and walk for cancer
    This activity will be held on the 26th February at 2.30pm.  The meeting place is near Ta' Ħamet Church.  Two different routes will be organised, one for walking and the other for cycling.  For more information, please view the poster or download the poster from the resources section or by following this link. ...
    The DVD A Tale of Two Towers launched
    A Tale of Two Towers is a DVD launched by the Minister for Gozo, the Hon Giovanna Debono.  This DVD which narrates the story of the Towers in Comino and Dwejra was produced by Din l-Art Ħelwa, and financed  by the Ministry for Gozo as part of the eco-Gozo scheme for projects by NGOs. The Hon. Giovanna Debono expressed her satisfaction for this initiative by Din l-Art Ħelwa.“Through this informative and educational tool the unique history...
    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...
    Home-Start Gozo: A new service for Gozitans in Gozo
    Services related to the social aspects in Gozo are being strengthened through the Home-Start Gozo project aimed at aiding vulnerable families undergoing social problems by offering support and the much needed help. Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono, stated so during the signing of documents enabeling the extension of the Home Start project in Gozobetween , Dar u|eppa Debono and A!enzija Appo!! with the collaboration of the Ministry for Gozo.  Minister Debono said that...
    Improving the Tourism Offer in Rural Regions
    This conference will highlight a number of best practices, recommendations for an improved tourism product and case-studies from the island of Gozo as identified during the course of the ICER Project. It will also offer suggestions and recommendations on how to deal with the improvement of tourism offers in rural areas. Stakeholders from the tourism sector, both foreign and local, will share their experiences and discuss the best practices identified by the seven partner regions...
    Ministry for Gozo finances project for Dar Karmni Grima Museum.
    Through a scheme launched by the Ministry for Gozo, a project coordinated by a committee within the Ta Pinu National Sanctuary is being funded for the purchasing of show cases to be used in the Dar Karmni Grima Museum. The Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono visited this museum, the house where Karmni Grima lived, where conservation and restoration works are being carried out with the aid of the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013.  She...
    Ministry for Gozo finances study on youths in Gozo
    Details from a study on Gozitan youths were given during a conference which was organised by the OASI foundation, a non Governmental Organisation helping youths with drugs and alcohol problems whilst  also working on a prevention programme.  Young People in Gozo – Study (2) is a detailed study which will update  a similar study conducted ten years ago, whilst also giving a wider picture on today’s Gozitan youths.  The study was carried out through  a...
    www.ecogozo.com: the new ecoGozo website
    The Ministry for Gozo is launching the new electronic site  www.ecogozo.com in order to strengthen information and offer updated services related with the Ministry for Gozos undertakings in connection with the eco-Gozo vision.  On this site one may presently find photos and updated details on more than 65 projects which were or are still ongoing in Gozo, which are all related with one or more measures included in the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012. This was...
    Presentation of cheques to owners of windpumps
    The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo presents cheques to owners of windpumps who were eligible to receive financial assistance under a second call of the windpump restoration scheme issued by the Ministry for Gozo.   13/01/2012...
    Gozo participates in a National Conference related to Sustainable Development
    Challenges and opportunities related to the development of Gozo were discussed during a conference held at the Bishops Curia in Victoria, Gozo.  This session was held in Gozo following two sessions held in Malta as part of the activities related to the National Conference on Sustainable Development in Malta and Gozo.  The conference Enough for everyone  Environment Resources and Sustainable Development in Malta and Gozo was organised by the Inter-diocesan Commission for the Environment...
    Kikku joined forces with the Hands-on-Farming team
    Eco-Gozo’s children mascot Kikku joined forces with the Hands-on-Farming team within the Gozo College at an activity held for school children at Betlehem f’Għajnsielem. Kikku was a favourite with all students hailing from different schools from Gozo as well as Malta. He helped in distributing pine tree seeds to all those who attended as part of the initiative organised for this event by the Hands-on-Farming Gozo section. Other attractions that proved popular with all the...
    Project by the Scouts Association financed by the Ministry for Gozo
    The Gozo Scouts Association is benefitting from a financing of around ¬29.000 from the Ministry for Gozo which funds are being used for the building of a water cistern in their headquarters at the Victoria Scout Group and also for the purchasing of separations bins to be used in the same building.  This project is being financed through the eco-Gozo scheme for Non Governmental Organisations, related to the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012. The Ministry for Gozo,...
    Gozitan NGOs receive funds for eco-Gozo projects
    Twelve Gozitan non Governmental Organisations received funds for their respective projects which have just been completed as part of the eco-Gozo scheme for Gozitan Non Governmental Organisations.  The other 25 organisations which benefitted from this scheme will receive their payment in the coming weeks once their project is fully implemented. The Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono presented the cheques to the representatives of these organisations which concluded works on their respective projects.  Minister Debono stated that...
    Green tips for Christmas
    While wishing our readers a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, below are some green ideas you might observe while enjoying these festivites. Choose LEDs (light-emitting diodes) instead of incandescent bulbs to decorate your tree and home. Some holiday gifts fill a practical need and need to be bought new. But many gifts are really gestures of thoughtfulness. You can give more while spending less. look for locally made gifts...
    Financial assistance by the Ministry for Gozo to Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria
    The Ministry for Gozo congratulates Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria for the restoration works carried out on the 18th century main altar of St Georges Basilica in Victoria.  This altar which was dismantled in the fifties is of great value to Maltese art history and Gozitan heritage since it was designed by Francesco Zahra and created by the renowned Durante Family.  This project was financed through the eco-Gozo scheme for Non Governmental Organisations related to the eco-Gozo...
    Works on St Cecilia Chapel financed by the Ministry for Gozo
    Through the eco-Gozo scheme for Non Governmental Organisations, the Ministry for Gozo financed projects coordinated by Wirt Ghawdex organisation for the restoration of two historical sites in Gozo, St Cecilia Chapel and the silos present in Cittadella. The Ministry for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono visited the Medieval chapel at Ghajnsielem where she had the opportunity to see the restoration and embellishment works carried out in this chapel which includes the installation of wooden floor and...
    Annual seminar and presentation of certificates of ekoskola in Gozo
    Two primary schools from the Gozo College were presented with the Green Flag award during the annual ekoskola seminar held at Ghajnsielem Primary School. The Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono presented the second Green Flag to Xewkija Primary School and a certificate for the successful participation in the HSBC Eco-Schools Climate Initiative Community Project.  The G'ajnsielem Primary School was honoured with the Green Flag award for the first time while the Girls Secondary School...
    The Ministry for Gozo finances project by Din l-Art Ħelwa
    Through the eco-Gozo scheme for Non Governmental Organisations, the Ministry for Gozo is financing a project by Din l-Art Helwa amounting to around ¬24,000.  These funds will be used for a project that incorporates the installation of interpretation panels in various historical sites in Gozo and Comino and the production of a DVD on the islands historical heritage. The Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono visited Xlendi Tower, one of the sites that is benefitting...
    SAVE and REDUCE: Eco-Gozo Home Consultancy Visits
    The Eco-Gozo Home Consultancy Visits project emanates from the Eco-Gozo action plan and is in line with the governments target to transform Gozo into an ecological island by 2020. The proposed project aims to inform all Gozitan residents how to reduce the carbon and water footprints of their household and to encourage appropriate waste management practices by adopting various measures. The project, a joint venture with the Institute for Sustainable Energy within the University of Malta,...
    The Ministry for Gozo finances publication by the Gozo Philatelic Society
    Through the eco-Gozo scheme for Non Governmental Organisations, the Ministry of Gozo is financing the Isle of Joy, a publication of 64 pages in colour that includes photos and information on Gozitan sites which where used on all the stamps of Malta from the beginning of the last century. A total of ¬1,650 was granted to the Society to implement this initiative. This publication was distributed to the members of the Society during the inauguration of...
    Construction of water reservoir in Munxar financed by the Ministry for Gozo
    At the Parish center of Munxar, where various social, cultural, religious and sports activities take place, water reservoir is currently being constructed with funding of around ¬43,600 from the Ministry for Gozo through the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs, associated with the eco-Gozo action plan for 2010-2012. This funding also covers the acquisition of the necessary machinery which enables this water to be used for agricultural purposes as well as in residences of the locality. The Minister...
    Walk for Health
    Walk for Health On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, a walk will be organised in order to create more awareness on this condition and the importance of physical activity. Meet you at Għasri Main Square at 2.30pm, Sunday 27 November 2011. ...
    A Child care centre in Gharb financed by the Ministry for Gozo
    The setting up of a Child Care Centre in Gharb is one of thirteen projects which are benefitting from the scheme for Local Councils and Administrative Committees issued by the Ministry for Gozo. The Gharb Local Council will benefit from around E67,000, which grant is being given from the funds allocated by Government for the implementation of the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012. The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo visited this site where the child care...
    Ministry for Gozo launches a scheme for Schools in Gozo
    All schools in Gozo will be benefitting from a maximum of ¬3,000 respectively for projects related to the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012.  Apart from primary and secondary government schools, post-secondary, special schools and church schools will also be benefiting from this scheme. This scheme was launched by the Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono during an activity held at St. Therese Primary School in Kercem whereby the Minister for Gozo presented a set of books...
    Ministry for Gozo financing project by Arka Foundation
    Through the eco-Gozo scheme for Gozitan Non Governmental Organisations, the Ministry for Gozo is granting ¬50,000 to the Arka Foundation, for the replacement of  an old generator with a new one which emits  less air and noise pollution  and for the replacement of light fixtures with energy efficient ones. During her visit at the Arka Respite Centre in Ghajnsielem the Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, had the opportunity to meet the management of the Arka...
    First conference held by the Mental Health Association Gozo (MHAG) in Gozo
    A better future for me...would you help me? was the theme of the first national conference held in Gozo with the collaboration of the Mental Health Association Gozo (MHAG) and the Ministry for Gozo.  This conference was held at the Sannat Primary School hall and discussed the mental health of children and adoloscents. In the opening speech, the Ministry for Gozo, the Hon Giovanna Debono expressed her satisfaction for the continuous work held by the MHAG,...
    Tipiku
    The Ministry for Gozo in collaboration with the Malta Tourism Authority, the Gozo Tourism Association and the Gozo Business Chamber is organising the event Tipiku.  This event, which will be held on Saturday 5th November, will celebrate Gozitan craftsmanship and gastronomy and will cover a whole day. The first part of the morning will showcase Gozitan artisanship and craftsmanship, with various craftsmen exhibiting and displaying products made with their...
    Qala local council benefits from Ministry for Gozo scheme
    As part of the eco-Gozo scheme launched by the Ministry for Gozo for Local Councils and Administrative Committees, the Ministry for Gozo is financing a project which is being implemented by the Qala Local Council. The Qala Local Council has received a grant of ¬67,690 for the conversion of an old house of character into a Folklore Museum. The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo visited the site were works are at an advanced stage. She...
    Ministry for Gozo finances publication on obesity
    Through the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs, the Ministry for Gozo is granting around €19,000 to the Gozo Youth Football Association which operates within the Gozo Football Association, in order to publish a booklet on obesity. This booklet will be distributed to all Gozitan households in the coming days. The publication Defeating Obesity by Sports was launched during a press conference addressed by the Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono. The Minister explained how this initiative...
    Nadur also benefits from eco-Gozo scheme for Local Councils
    The Ministry for Gozo is financing a project implemented by the Nadur Local Council as part of the eco-Gozo scheme issued by the Ministry for Gozo for the benefit of Local Councils and Administrative Committees in Gozo.  The Ministry for Gozo approved a financial aid of €70,000 for the project proposed by the Nadur Local Council which includes the building and restoration of around 1,700 square metres of rubble walls and the cleaning of the...
    319 cases needed assistance by ERRC Lifeguards and water rescuers
    E.R.R.C Lifeguards treated 319 cases, and the service was available on a daily basis. It was run by a dedicated group of E.R.R.C lifeguards. Besides the numerous minor injuries treated on the spot, other more serious injuries required transport to the Gozo General Hospital/Mater Dei Hospital for timely and proper evaluation by the medical team.  The transport of casualties from Comino to Gozo was carried out by the E.R.R.C Hydro Ambulance.  This is a specially...
    MEPA approves Cittadella Master Plan Outline Application and Visitors’ Centre.
    The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) board today approved a Ministry for Gozo project for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Cittadella in Gozo. MEPA has given the green light to the outline application related to the implementation of the Cittadella Master Plan recommendations The Master Plan, commissioned by the Ministry for Gozo was made possible through the EEA Financial Mechanisms with the donor countries being Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The multi-disciplinary Master Plan drawn...
    More projects from NGOs under the eco-Gozo scheme
    Initiatives in favour of rain water conservation in Gozo coordinated by Għaqda Mużikali San Girgor are benefitting from a grant of €50,000 under the eco-Gozo scheme for Non Governmental Organisations related to the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012.  This means that this organisation will benefit from the maximum grant allocated to each organisation under this scheme. L-Għaqda Mużikali San Girgor will utilise these funds for the building of a water reserviour with a capacity of 140 cubic...
    Ta’ Kercem benefits also from the eco-Gozo scheme for Local Councils
    The Ministry for Gozo has granted over ¬42,000 to the Kercem Local Council for the building and restoration of rubble walls and the changing of street lighting in the locality. These two projects are being implemented through the scheme issued by the Ministry for Gozo for Gozitan Local Councils and Administrative Committees and are being financed from funds allocated by the Government for the implementation of the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012. One of the projects being...
    More projects under the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs
    The Ministry for Gozo is assisting the Victoria International Arts Festival Foundation with a financial assistance of ¬49.500 in order to implement its project under the eco-Gozo scheme for Non Governmental Organisations, which is in line with the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012. This project includes the conservation of two Baroque organs found in St George's Basilica, the purchase of a harpsichord and the organisation of master classes in various musical disciplines. The master classes, which kicked...
    Cleaning programme of valleys and water catchments continues
    The Ministry for Gozo is continuing its program of cleaning of valleys and water dams around Gozo that started in summer 2010. This program is being implemented as proposed in the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012. Last year, 4 water catchment areas in two valleys – Wied ta' Żejta and Marsalforn Valley were cleaned. The Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono and the Parliamentary Assistant within the Minsitry for Gozo, the Hon. Frederick Azzopardi visited the...
    Training courses for operators in the agri-food industry in Gozo
    An intensive course on good agricultural practices and European standards and regulations related to the production of food derived from agricultural products will be held in Gozo during September and October. This will be of interest to all those producing agricultural products which are subsequently used for the production of wine and other food products and for all those operators involved in the processing of various products in the agri food industry. This training course...
    Underwater clean-up at Blue Lagoon
    Around 40 car and truck tyres and some 150 glass bottles were collected from the sea-bed at Blue Lagoon by the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps (ERRC) as part of their work related to the Green Wave project. Nine volunteers were engaged in this underwater clean-up initiative. This project is one of two projects by ERRC that were approved under the eco-Gozo scheme for Non Governmental Organisations. These two projects together have been granted a...
    $ 800,000 grant by the Coca-Cola Foundation for eco Gozo’s water stewardship program
    The program will result in the collection and reuse of around 4-5 million litres of rainwater each year. The Coca-Cola Company, via its international philanthropic leg The Coca-Cola Foundation, has awarded a grant of $800,000 to a Water Stewardship program under the Eco Gozo project. The program will be implemented by The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and its local bottling partner, The General Soft Drinks Co Ltd (GSD), in partnership with the Ministry for Gozo and the...
    The Ministry for Gozo finances projects by Astra and Aurora Theatres
    The two main theatres in Victoria are benefiting from nearly €100,000 in total from the Ministry for Gozo, under the eco-Gozo scheme for Non Governmental Organisations. "The improvements which will take place in the two theatres through the two respective projects will result in the enhancement of the two sites and also in an improved quality of the cultural activities being organised every year". This was stated by the Hon Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo...
    Reconstruction of rubble walls in Għajn Abdun Street and Għar Ilma Street
    The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo visited works being carried out by the Santa Lucija Administrative Committee under the eco-Gozo scheme for Local Councils and Administrative Committees. Works include reconstruction of rubble walls in Għajn Abdun Street and Għar Ilma Street, two popular with tourists who enjoy country walks in Gozo. This project also includes the building of a belvedere and the installation of benches. Santa Luċija Administrative Committee is benefiting from around €70,000...
    Infrastructural work at the Government’s farm in Gozo
    Infrastructural works are underway at the Government Farm in Xewkija with the aim of developing the site in a Centre of Research, Development and Innovation in Agriculture as part of the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012.  This project is being carried out by the Ministry for Gozo in collaboration with the University of Malta.  The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo visited the site where infrastructural works are proceeding well.  Around half a million Euro are being...
    Works on Three Hills Garden in advanced stage
    "Works on the  Three Hills Garden project in Marsalforn are in an advanced stage and soon  families will be able to enjoy this new recreational space in Gozo".  This was stated by the Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, during her visit on site, accompanied by the Hon. Frederick Azzopardi, Parliament Assistant within the Ministry for Gozo. Ongoing works include the building of rubble walls, installation of light irrigation and drainage systems.  In the coming weeks...
    Another edition of the Qala International Folk festival
    For the sixth consecutive year, the locality of Qala will be organising the International Folk Festival to be held between the 15 and the 18th September. Details on this four-day festival organised by a committee within the Qala Local Council with the participation of the Menhir Qala Folk Group which were given during a press conference addressed by the Minister for Gozo, the Hon Giovanna Debono, the Parliamentary Secretary for Consumers, Fair Competition, Local Councils and...
    Building of more rubble walls through the eco-Gozo scheme
    More than 1 kilometre of rubble walls are being built in Xagħra as part of funding scheme issued by the Ministry for Gozo for Gozitan Local Councils and Administrative Committees.  This scheme is financed from Government's allocation for the implementation of the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012. The proposed project by the Xagħra Local Council includes the re-construction and restoration of rubble walls in Sellum Street and San Marzjan Street.  The Hon. Giovanna Debono visited the ongoing...
    The Ministry for Gozo launches the use of an electric car
    The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo launched the use of an electric car as one of the environmental friendly measures implemented by the Ministry for Gozo. This initiative is in line with the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2102. The electric car, small in size and fully automatic, is a good eco-friendly alternative to cars operated by diesel or petrol. It is charged from an electric charging station placed within the building of the Ministry for...
    Ministry for Gozo supports initiatives for maritime environment protection and security at sea
    Initiatives coordinated by the Emergency Rescue Response Corps (ERRC) in Gozo are benefiting from a total grant of €50,000 under the scheme launched by the Ministry for Gozo for Non Governmental organisations related to the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012.  This voluntary organisation, who is working for the safety and protection in Gozo will therefore be receiving the maximum amount allocated for NGOs under this financial scheme.  The ERRC will be using these funds to implement 2...
    The Ministry for Gozo supports ICT project
    The ICT Gozo Malta Project (ICTGM) which will be led by a consortium composed of Synaptic Laboratories (Synaptic) and the Gozo Business Chamber, was recently launched in Gozo.  This project will benefit from a total grant of €50,000 under the scheme for NGOs launched by the Ministry for Gozo to implement projects related to the eco-Gozo action plan. The main aim of this project is to coordinate and integrate initiatives related to the Information Technology sector...
    Construction and restoration of Għajn tal-Loġoġ in Fontana
    New construction and restoration works of L-Għajn tal-Loġoġ found near L-Għajn tal-Ħasselin (wash-house) are in full swing.  This work is  being carried out by the Fontana Local Council and is being financed by the Ministry for Gozo under the eco-Gozo scheme for Local Councils.  The Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono, who visited the works being carried out on site, reminded of the importance of this locality and also the attraction it serves for tourists...
    Ministry for Gozo finances study of Gozitan youths
    Oasi Foundation, a non governmental  organisation helping youths with drugs and alcohol problems, has benefitted from the eco-Gozo financial scheme for NGO's.  This foundation has benefitted for the funding of the project Young People in Gozo – Study (2) which will update an existing study on Gozitan youths.  This project was launched during a conference which was addressed by the Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo.  She explained how this study, which will update another study...
    Second call for local councils funding scheme issued
    The Ministry for Gozo has launched the second call in relation to the funding scheme for eco-Gozo projects by Local Councils. Local Councils who have not benefited  under the first call or those  who did not benefit from the maximum grant off €70,000 under the first call, may apply for funding of projects which will enhance the sustainability of their locality.These local councils may apply to implement projects in their locality and be directly engaged...
    The Maltese islands featured in UK’s Daily Telegraph
    Malta and Gozo were featured on Image Diplomacy's special feature which was distributed in the UK's Daily Telegraph.  This was published on 19 July 2011.  This feature had the intention to promote Malta and Gozo with its readers.  A special page on Gozo and the Government’s vision for this island, eco-Gozo, was also present. View Publication...
    The Ministry for Gozo participates in an EU-funded project – SIMBIOTIC
    The Ministry for Gozo together with the University of Malta have recently launched an EU funded project in Gozo focusing on ecological restoration -  SIMBIOTIC (Sicily-Malta BIOgeographical Transboundary Insular Connectivity).  SIMBIOTIC is an environmental restoration project aiming at enhancing the ecological connectivity of the South East Sicily-Gozo transboundary migratory route through ecological restoration, improved area management, integrated environmental planning and policy and enhanced local environmental consciousness.  This project was launched in May and is co-financed by...
    Eco-Schools become partners with the Ministry for Gozo
    The Ministry for Gozo and Nature Trust Malta have signed an agreement to cooperate in the eco-Schools programme for the coming three years. The signing took place in the presence of a number of children attending Victoria primary school. This agreement aims to improve the collaboration between the two entities and to enhance the implementation of various environmental initiatives as well as to improve environmental education with regards to sustainable development within primary and secondary schools...
    Eco-Gozo allocates €1.24 million for 38 projects by Gozitan NGOs
    A total of €1.24 million are being allocated to 37 Non-Governmental Organisations to implement projects related to their voluntary work.  These funds are part of the total sum of €25 million that have been allocated for Gozo by Government over a period of  3 years. A total of 38 projects which qualified for 95% of the total eligible cost, will be implemented.  Every NGO was entitled up to  a maximum of €50,000 for  the implementation of...
    Minsiter for Gozo meets Maltese consuls
    The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo addresses Maltese consuls at the Consuls Meeting organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Minister for Gozo spoke about the government's vision for Gozo as an eco-island and the Ministry for Gozo's action plan that aims to impliment short-term measures between 2010 - 2012. 08/06/2011...
    Gozo awarded for its quality coast
    Gozo has been listed as one of the top ten destinations amongst fifty that were selected from a board that evaluated more than 500 coastal destinations spread in nine Southern European countries.   Gozo has been chosen as one of the top ten destinations in Southern Europe for those tourists who wish to visit sustainable destinations that offer natural and cultural heritage, together with a clean maritime environment.  This award was announced during the Quality Coast 2011...
    The 7th EkoSkola Parliamentary Session
    The Annual EkoSkola parliamentary session was held at the House of Representatives for the seventh consecutive year. This event was organized by Nature Trust (Malta), the local representatives of FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) who run the Eco-Schools programme, under the auspices of the Office of the Speaker. This year’s event was a particularly special one as this year marks the 90th anniversary of the setting up of the House of Representatives. This event brought together...
    Conference on the common strategy for Innovation in Agriculture
    Gozo hosts a conference on the common strategy for Innovation in Agriculture in the Mediterrenean islands A 3-day conference on the common strategy for innovation in agriculture in the Mediterrenean islands kicked off this morning in Gozo. This conference is being attended by delegates from the member Mediterrenean islands within the AGRISLES project, coming from Corsica (France), Balearic Islands (Spain), North Aegean Sea (Greece), Azores (Portugal), Sicily and Sardenia (Italy), Cyprus and Gozo. This project is...
    Eco-Gozo grants €660,558 to 13 projects by Gozitan Local Councils
     Eight Gozitan Local Councils and three Hamlets were together awarded a total grant of €660,588 from the eco-Gozo budget to fund 95% of the total cost of each of the thirteen projects selected amongst those submitted in a scheme sponsored by the Ministry for Gozo. The funds derive from the €25 million allocated for the eco-Gozo vision by Government for the implementation of the short-term stratagem over three years. A total of 13 projects have qualified...
    World Environment Day 2011 celebrated in Gozo
    The Ministry for Gozo through the Directorate for Eco-Gozo Regional Development is organising several activities to celebrate World Environment Day in Gozo.  A special activity – The Marine Wildlife Roadshow by Andy Starbuck of the Marine Wildlife Society of the UK - will be held on Saturday morning during this year's Notte Gozitana.  This activity will be held at Independence Square between 9am till noon. The general public is invited, particularly parents with children. This...
    Celebrating Gozo, reducing CO₂
    This year's Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana will undoubtedly be an event not to be missed.  Kicking off on Friday 3rd till Sunday 5th June, all three evenings will have their own special charm, ushering another summer season during which Gozo will again offer its unique blend of culture, cuisine and traditions coupled with the magnificent sites and places to visit on our little island.  The Notte Gozitana will this year showcase Gozo's traditions through separate...
    Kikku concludes tour of Gozo schools
    The eco-Gozo character Kikku launched by the Ministry for Gozo this January, has ended a tour of all primary schools within the Gozo College and four other church schools in Gozo. Kikku was introduced as the children's voice for the eco-Gozo vision. This entailed that one of Kikku's initial tasks was that of meeting all Gozitan primary school students in order to find out more about their views on what can be done to make...
    2300 new trees in Gozo for the International Year of Forests
    Ministry for Gozo Ta't Chambray afforestation and restoration ecology project supported by HSBC Malta Foundation. One year on since its launch, the Afforestation and Restoration Ecology Project at the site known as Ta't Chambray in Gozo is taking shape, with the tree planting project on the site now completed. To mark this milestone, HSBCs Gozo staff and their families planted the last trees needed to complete an area of 11,000 sq metres designated for afforestation, that...
    Reduce 5 tons of CO2 during Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana
    An innovative campaign and the first of its kind was launched today by the Ministry for Gozo through its eco-Gozo Regional Development Directorate with the support of Gozo Channel.  The campaign aims at generating support from the public attending this year’s Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana between Friday 3rd and Sunday 5th June for an eco-friendly mass-initiative.  Participants are being asked to help reduce collectively at least five tons of CO2 from the environment during this...
    Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana 2011 – Celebrating Gozo
    This years fifth edition of the highly popular event Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana, presented by the Ministry for Gozo, is being held between Friday, 3 June, and Sunday, 5 June, 2011. Gozo looks forward to hosting this highly popular even that attracts families and young people from both Malta and Gozo. This is a celebration showcasing the best of our talent as an island and, once more, we look forward to a successful weekend, Gozo Minister...
    Public Art in Gozo: exhibition of maquettes
    64 Gozitan, Maltese and foreign artists residing in the Maltese islands participated in the scheme Public Art in Gozo as part of the eco-Gozo action plan.  These artists proposed a total of 120 maquettes, to be presented in their original size in various public places around Gozo. All maquettes are being exhibited in the exhibition Hall at the Ministry for Gozo.  The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, inaugurated this exhibition. During the opening, the...
    EARTH HOUR 2011
    On Saturday 26th March 2011 at 8.30 p.m., lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour, which started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when individuals and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. For the 3rd consecutive year, Gozo will join the rest of the world and will switch off the Citadel lights together with those illuminating the Banca Giuratale in Victoria Gozo. One way to...
    An important role for the private sector
    “The realisation of the eco-Gozo vision is also dependent on the private sector which directly contributes through private initiatives to the implementation of the eco-Gozo action plan”.  This was stated by the Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo during the launch of an innovative system which treats and disinfects water at the Kempinski San Lawrenz Resort.  The Minister explained that water is one of the island’s most precious resources and how this topic is one...
    Let’s meet Kikku in Malta
    Kikku; the new mascot acting as children's voice for eco-Gozo, has crossed over to Malta to meet Maltese children. As happened in Gozo, Kikku attracted the sympathy of all children present at the activity organised by the Ministry for Gozo in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, the Environment and Culture. The activity started from Castille Square where Kikku met some 50 children from Valletta Primary School. These children accompanied Kikku...
    EkoSkola Gozo committees meet with the Minister for Gozo
    Over 75 students coming from the EkoSkola Committees of 12 schools from the Gozo College met the Minister for Gozo Hon. Giovanna Debono. During the meeting these representatives gave the Minister a report of the initiatives they are taking within their school and surrounding community as part of their efforts to try to reach good sustainability levels as encouraged by the EkoSkola programme. During this meeting, the first of its kind, the students shared positive experiences...
    Kikku starts visiting Gozitan schools
    Kikku, the eco-Gozo mascot launched by the Ministry for Gozo, is visiting Gozitan Primary schools.  These visits are meant to introduce Kikku to all students who attend all primary schools in Gozo. Earlier in January, Kikku, was presented in an activity organised in Victoria where some 500 students, representing all Gozitan children, attended.  During this activity, students welcomed Kikku with enthusiasm waving coloured flags with educational messages related...
    Kikku, the front-liner for children on eco-Gozo
    Around 500 children attending the Gozo College primary schools participated in the launching of Kikku. Kikku, designed in the resemblance of a bee, will be the front-liner for the children's voice for eco-Gozo. Kikku will be the reference point for all children's desires on matters related to Gozo. On Thursday morning, the Ministry for Gozo turned to be the meeting place for students and their teachers to meet Kikku for the first time. ...
    Kikku meets students
    The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, launches the mascot Kikku who from now on will be representing children within the eco-Gozo project, and inaugurates an exhibition of paintings and writings by children attending primary schools within the Gozo College at the Ministry for Gozo`s exhibition Hall. (27/01/2011)      ...
    Let’s meet Kikku
    From the 27th January to the 8th February the Eco-Gozo Regional Development Department is organising an exhibition featuring Gozitan children's views on eco-Gozo. The exhibition will feature the children's thoughts, paintings and ideas on Gozo and their willingness to see a better Gozo. Many of the drawings and thoughts are those which were provided during during the Public Consultation phase on eco-Gozo which had included an extensive exercise with Gozitan children through schools. During...
    Arbor day celebrated in Gozo
    Children attending Xag'ra Primary School together with their teachers organised a programme of activities on Arbor Day. Several other authorites from the Eductional Division joined this celebration, primarily the Hands-on-Farming and the eco-school teachers. The Ministry for Gozo who attended this celebration encouraged more students to safeguard more our environment. She explained that this concern for the environment is also part and parcel of the eco-Gozo vision, amongst which the protecion of the rural environment and...
    Waste Reduction Week celebrated in Gozo
    Gozo joined the European Community to celebrate the European Waste Reduction Week between the 20th and 28th November. This initiative was taken in order to increase awareness to reduce waste in all European member states. Marking this occurrence, the Ministry for Gozo, introduced the use of compost bins in schools. This initiative means that organic waste from schools will be re-utilised as compost in school gardens and not being disposed in landfills. This initiative promotes...
    Public Art in Gozo
    Important notice: With reference to the call Public Art in Gozo, by maquettes, the Ministry for Gozo intends a 3D dimensional sculpture. The documents relative to this scheme may be downloaded from the links below:                                            ...
    Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem 2010
    The life-size crib, constructed on 20,000 sqm of fields on a stretch of land known as Ta’ Passi, comes to life during this month of December with about 150 actors taking part this event. This year the Foundation gave itself a new challenge – not just making this life-size Crib bigger and better, but safer and greener too. In an effort to do its part for Eco-Gozo and see that...
    Scheme for Eco-Gozo projects by NGOs
    The Ministry for Gozo has launched a funding scheme for Eco-Gozo projects by Non Governmental Organisations. Through this scheme, NGOs may benefit from a grant of up to €50,000 for projects which enhance the sustainability of their locality. This scheme will also enable NGOs to participate actively in the implementation of the eco-Gozo project and more specifically in the short-term measures identified in the document "Eco-Gozo: A better Gozo Proposed action 2010-2012" Applications for projects under this...
    Eco-Gozo - A resource pack for teachers
    Last May, the Ministry for Gozo launched Eco-Gozo – a resource pack for teachers. This professionally-designed essential teaching aid for our students was the idea of the Minister for Gozo, Hon. Giovanna Debono who, being an educator herself, strongly believes that for the eco-Gozo vision to be successful, it has to be inculcated through modern educational media, and therefore starting from the basic roots of schooling was a natural path to follow. Under the leadership of...
    Scheme for Eco-Gozo projects by Local Councils
    The Ministry for Gozo has launched a funding scheme for Eco-Gozo projects by Local Councils. Through this scheme, Council and Administrative Committee may benefit from a grant of up to €70,000 for projects which enhance the sustainability of their locality. The eco-Gozo vision is based on the target of achieving high sustainable development standards for our island. Local councils represent communities at a local level. They are positioned well to respond to the needs of the...
    Course on the use of pesticides
    The directorate for Projects and Development and the Directorate for Eco-Gozo & Regional Development within the Ministry for Gozo wish to inform you that a number of courses on the use of pesticides will be held during the months of November and December. The first course will commence on Monday 22nd November between 6.00pm to 7.30pm. All courses will be held at the Government Experimental Farm. The number of courses will vary according to applicants....
    New Marine Protected Areas in Gozo
    Dwejra and Mgarr ix-Xini are now established as new marine protected areas by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, MEPA. Other areas were also established in Malta, for a total of 18,000 hectares of the Maltese marine environment. The sites, which include a significant stretch of area along the North East of the Islands and three smaller areas at Mgarr ix-Xini, Dwejra and an area between Ghar Lapsi and Filfla, are being protected to preserve...
    A new dairy factory in Gozo
    A new Magro Brothers factory in Xewkija was inaugurated on the 24th September by the Hon. Lawrence Gonzi. During the inauguration, the Prime Minister stated that in a period of economic uncertainty around the world, our country has shown that it has the power to overcome the current crisis. "Today we can think of our future with more confidence. Such confidence is reflected in the investment that the private sector is creating" the Prime Minister...
    A new public garden in Marsalforn
    "The eco-Gozo vision promotes the creation of more recreational spaces for Gozitan families". This was stated by the Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, during an onsite visit where structural work connected with the planning of the Three Hills Garden in Marsalforn is being carried out. Three Hills Garden in Marsalforn is one of four afforestation projects with regards to the implementation of the action plan related to the eco-Gozo vision. This will result in the...
    A Regional Youth Council for Gozo
    'The setting up of a Regional Youth Council for Gozo is another action proposed within the eco-Gozo vision which is a sustainable development plan for the island' the Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo said at the launch of this new venture held during the activity {g'a|ag' Fest organised by young people the Oratory Don Bosco in Victoria. "The eco-Gozo vision is based on the principles of sustainable development and therefore aims towards a socio-economic development...
    More sustainable use of rain-water
    ''One of the Ministry for Gozo's objectives with regards to the implementation of Government vision is that of transforming Gozo into an ecological island. The Ministry is working on an extensive project which encompasses the cleaning of a number of valleys and water catchment areas as a result of which it is envisaged that more rain water will be available in water catchment areas.'' This was explained by the Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono...
    Another eco-Gozo proposal underway
    The Ministry for Gozo is participating in a new EU-funded project which aims at helping regional authorities across Europe to develop policies which promote the further development of the  eco-accommodation sector and the attractiveness of Rural territories for tourism purposes. This project, entitled "Innovative Concept of Eco-accommodation approach in rural Regions: Public support policies for eco-investors" (Acronym: ICER) is financed under the INTERREG IVC Programme which forms part of European Regional Development Fund for a...
    Special activities for Gozitan students
    "Gozitan primary school students who will be attending state schools as well as Church schools in Gozo during the upcoming scholastic year, will be offered the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities related with the eco-Gozo action plan, organised by the Special Activities Section within the Gozo College. This will signify the implementation of two out of eighty measures included in the eco-Gozo Action plan for the years 2010-2012, that relate to the promotion of...
    Valley in Gozo cleared of silt and debris
    The cleaning of the main valleys and water dams in Gozo is one of the eco-Gozo related initiatives upon which work is being currently carried out. The past months saw the initiation of a programme of cleaning works that started in Wied ta' Zejta' limits of Victoria, which also included the restoration of two water dams for rainwater catchment. During the first phase of these works around 18,000 tons of silt and debris were removed.The...
    Tree-planting activity by the Hands on Farming
    On Wednesday 2 June, as part of the activities held by the Ministry for Gozo to mark the World Environment Day, a tree-planting activity was held in nien il-Familja in Qala. Some weeks before, this same garden suffered a vandal attack where a number of trees were broken or stolen. This activity was organised by the Hands on Farming programme in collaboration with the Qala Local Council and the Qala Primary School. The activity...
    The Gozo pavilion at the Malta International Fair
    As in previous years, the island of Gozo was represented during the Malta International Fair that opened its doors on the 23rd June until the 4th of July.  This year's theme focused on encouraging more Maltese residents to cross over to Gozo for their holidays.  Apart from offering a relaxing holiday, Gozo offers a distinct countryside, some unique beaches and swimming locations, and among the best restaurants on the Maltese Islands . In a period of economic...
    Second scheme for the restoration of Wind pumps
    Ministry for Gozo, has launched a second scheme for the restoration of wind-powered water pumps. Differently from the original scheme launched last year (for which only farmers were eligible), this new scheme is now open to all residents of Gozo. To be eligible an applicant must: Be the owner or an emphyteuta or a tenant of the property, used for agricultural or agro-tourism purposes, with all the necessary authority to apply for the grant, or Be the owner or...
    Eco-Gozo through eLeaning
    For the second consecutive year, the Curriculum and eLearning Department within the Department of Education, organised the exhibition 'EMBED - Best use of ICT' at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Floriana. This exhibition included a number of hands-on workshops and an exhibition of different works and projects carried out by students during ICT lessons. The Gozo College presented its students' work entitled 'Eco-Gozo through eLearning' for which, all students attending the Gozo College were encouraged to...
    Minister for Gozo launched a second scheme for the restoration of wind-powered water pumps
    On the occasion of the World Environment Day, the Minister for Gozo launched a second scheme for the restoration of wind-powered water pumps. This scheme is was launched in the framework of the Eco-Gozo programme.  Through the first scheme held last year, the Ministry for Gozo supported the restoration of a total of nineteen wind-powered water pumps. At a press conference in Lunzjata Valley, during activities held in connection with World Environment Day, the Hon. Giovanna...
    World Environment Day 2010
    June 5th marks World Environemnt Day (WED) and the Ministry for Gozo joined other countries to celebrate it. WED was established in 1972 inorder to create awareness of the environment and to stimulate political and public attention or action. 'Many Species – One planet – One Future' was the theme chosen for this year since it happens to be also the International year of biodiversity. Rwanda, a country of exceptional biodiversity that has made huge strides...
    A Better Gozo
     This Opinion piece by the Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, was published on Sunday 6 June 2010, in the Malta Independent on Sunday on the occasion of World Environment Day. A Better Gozo World Environment Day is a welcome reminder of our collective responsibility towards a greener planet. In Gozo, we are working hard all year round to achieve what we have coined as our eco island vision: Eco Gozo. Upon being entrusted by the Prime...
    Flesh to the eco Gozo vision (Talking Point)
    This Talking Point by the Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, was published today, Saturday 5 June 2010, in the Times of Malta on the occasion of World Environment Day. This year's theme for World Environment Day is biodiversity and the consequences on our planet if we, people of the world, ignore the writing on the wall. Many Species, One Planet, One Future is the chosen slogan to make us aware of the dangers of extinction of...
    MEPA permit for landscaping of former dumping site welcomed
    Government's decision to turn the former dumping site at Il-Qortin in Xaghra into a family park is yet another initiative which contributes strongly towards the transformation of Gozo into an eco-island.  The granting yesterday of the MEPA permit related to another phase in the rehabilitation of the former dumpsite in Xagħra will result in the transformation of Gozo's possibly largest eyesore (and environmental problem) into a park dedicated to the family recreation. This development is a direct...
    First eco-Gozo Teachers' Resource pack launched
    The Ministry for Gozo has just launched the Eco-Gozo Teachers' Resource Pack - a collection of resources on themes linked to Sustainable Development which is intended to assist teachers in  fostering discussion on sustainable development principles in the classroom. The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo launched this pack at the Għajnsielem Primary School. The Hon. Frederick Azzopardi, Parliamentary Assistant at the Ministry for Gozo was also present.   This pack is designed to be used in...
    The Institute of Tourism Studies launches a healthy eating campaign
    The Institute of Tourism studies in Qala has just launched a new programme regarding healthy eating practices for Gozitan students attending the forth year in secondary schools. This project forms part of the eco-Gozo educational programme.  In these twice-weekly sessions for different groups of students, practical information is given on both the institute and the courses offered, as well as on healthy practices particularly those related to personal hygiene and food.  The participants benefit from a...
    Organic Agriculture and Eco-Gozo
    The Ministry for Gozo in collaboration with the Malta Organic Agriculture Movement (MOAM) has held an international conference on organic agriculture and its relevance to the eco-Gozo vision. This conference was organised concurrently with the visit to Gozo of delegates of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement - EU Group (IFOAM-EU) which will be meeting in Gozo over the weekend.  During their meeting, which takes place every six months, the participants discuss the current...
    Eco-Gozo bookmark calendars for 2010
    An eco-Gozo calendar carrying educational messages related to the environment and sustainable development has been distributed to over 4000 students attending public and private schools in Gozo. This is another initiative in the eco-Gozo programme. Minister Debono visited two schools where these calendars were being distributed and met the pupils with whom she spoke about the eco-island project and the calendar initiative. This calendar is in the form of a tear-off bookmark, and each month carries...
    Wind pumps restoration scheme - presentation of grants
    The Minister for Gozo recently presented a subsidy to eighteen Gozitan farmers who have restored broken wind pumps located in their fields.  This subsidy was made available through a scheme launched by the Ministry for Gozo in May 2009 as one of the first eco-Gozo initiatives.  The scheme covered 75% of the costs incurred in upgrading the machinery and the structure of the wind pumps up to a maximum of € 1000.   It was intended to...
    €25 Million for Eco-Gozo for 2010-2012
    During the reading of the Budget for 2010 currently in course in Parliament, Finance Minister Tonio Fenech has announced the substantial investment of €25 Million on Eco-Gozo for the forthcoming three years.  The following is a section from Minister Fenech’s speech concerning Eco-Gozo:  Implementing our vision of Gozo as an ecological island  Mr Speaker, the implementation of the eco-Gozo project is a primary Government objective.   Eco-Gozo is a vision built on the island’s potential and on the capabilities...
    Two Gozitan Primary Schools net EkoSkola programme Awards
    During the Annual Ekoskola National Seminar for Gozo on Friday, the 6th of November 2009, organised by Nature Trust Malta, the Xewkija Primary School was awarded the programme’s Green Flag, while the Nadur primary was awarded the Silver award. Eco-Schools is a programme for environmental management and certification, designed to implement sustainable development education in schools by encouraging children and youth to take an active role in how their school can be run for the benefit...
    A walk in the Countryside
    A group of Ghajnsielem Primary School students were recently taken on a walk in the countryside. This walk forms part of an initiative taken by the Gozo College which plans to involve all primary students on the island in similar activities by the end of the present scholastic year.   The group of Teachers who are coordinating this initiative acoompanied the Ghajnsielem Primary children on a walk along possibly one of the most beautiful coastal areas...
    Ecomondo 2009
    Ministry for Gozo officials have again this year visited the Ecomondo fair which was held in Rimini Italy between the 28 and 31 October 2009. Ecomondo is the largest annual expo for the environment and sustainability industry which endeavours to meet the global challenge of profitably combining development and sustainability, environment and energy, globalization and environmental protection. It represents a concerted effort to reduce harmful emissions by implementing new systems and technologies, and reducing our dependence on...
    First eco-certified hotel in Gozo
     Earlier this week, the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz became the first eco-certified hotel in Gozo.  Eco-certification is a voluntary scheme run by the Malta Tourism Authority. Hotels awarded this scheme comply with a detailed set of criteria that are designed to improve on their environmental performance, such as environmental and waste management, procurement of energy and water, air quality, noise, building and green areas, local culture and information dissemination.  The Kempinski has been concentrating on...
    Scheme for the Restoration of Wind-powered Water Pumps
    The Ministry for Gozo, as the competent Ministry for the administration of the island, has been entrusted with the implementation of the eco-island vision for Gozo. This vision is based on the target of achieving high sustainable development standards for the island, while ensuring that Gozo’s tangible and intangible heritage is protected and is made to play a significant role in the island’s social, economic, environmental and cultural development. One such manner in which this may...
    Eco-Gozo at the Healthy Weekend in Victoria
    The Ministry for Gozo has participated in the Healthy Village Weekend initiative organised by the Victoria Local Council through its Health Promotion Unit and the Gozo Sports Complex. The Ministry also set up a stand focusing on the healthy lifestyle message conveyed through the Eco-Gozo vision, promoting healthy diets and lifestyles, active participation in sport and advice by Physiotherapists and Nurses who normally serve the public at the Gozo General Hospital. The stand also served...
    Minister briefs German MP's on Eco-Gozo
    The Hon. Giovanna Debono Minister for Gozo met a delegation from the German Parliament on their visit to Gozo, as part of their programme during their visit to Malta in the past days. The discussion meeting held at the Ministry for Gozo, focused on the main aims of the Eco-Gozo vision as well as on how the island of Gozo benefited from tourism from the German market. Minister Debono also delivered information about the role of...
    Children interview Gozo Minister on eco-island
    The Minister for Gozo was recently interviewed on the Eco-Gozo project by two children. During this interview, the Minister explained Government's eco-island vision for the island of Gozo and also discussed with them her Ministry's plans to attain this ambitious objective. She also discussed with them the role that children can play in helping the island achieve the status of an eco-island.   This interview with the Minister Giovanna Debono on Eco-Gozo is scheduled to be aired...
    Eco-Gozo workshop for Teachers serving in Gozo
    The latest initiative relative to the Eco-Gozo consultation process involved the Education sector in Gozo. During five workshops held in the first weeks of November, officers from the Ministry for Gozo met all Primary and Secondary school teachers in Gozo and discussed the Eco-Gozo vision and its implications for the future of the island. The workshop included a presentation on the initiative and discussions on a number of themes. This exercise, which involved around 500 teachers,...
    Minister consults Gozo Mayors on Eco-Gozo
    Gozo Minister Giovanna Debono has recently met the Mayors of Gozitan localities to consult them on the Eco-Gozo vision and the strategy document which is currently being drafted. A number of Ministry officials working on the subject were also in attendance. In her introduction to the eeting, the Minister expressed her satisfaction and the wide interest shown by the general public in the Eco-Gozo initiative. She maintaned that the interest and commitment shown by organisations, businesses...
    Eco-Gozo at Ecomondo fair in Rimini, Italy
    Eco-Gozo is currently featuring prominently in an investment promotion exercise being conducted jointly by Malta Enterprise and the Ministry for Gozo at the ECOMONDO fair in Rimini, Italy. The 12th International Trade Fair of Material & Energy Recovery and Sustainable Development, better known as the ECOMONDO fair runs from the 5 to the 8 of November at the Rimini Fair grounds occupying 75,000m2 of exhibition space and featuring investment promotion, innovation in the environment-related industry and...
    Seminar - Cultural Landscapes of the Maltese Islands
    The International Environment Institute of the University of Malta will be organizing a seminar and workshop on the subject of Cultural Landscapes of the Maltese Islands, between the 11th and 14th of November 2008 in Malta and in Gozo. This event is being carried out under the auspices of the Maltese National Commission for UNESCO, and with the collaboration of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority and the Ministry for Gozo. The objective of this...
    Consultation meeting with Tourism and business stakeholders
    The Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono together with other Ministry officials who are currently working on the eco-Gozo project, are currently holding a series of meetings with various groups and other Gozitan entities in connection with the public consultation process, which was launched in this regard. The wide consultation programme includes a wide spectrum of ideas and suggestions from persons and entities coming from various sectors that all have significant relevance to the...
    Eco-Gozo stand at the Agricultural Fair of Gozo
    The stand offered information about the Eco-Gozo vision, and personnel approached visitors to the fair in order to explain this innovative concept and also soliciting comments and ideas. The fair is organised annually and is intended to promote and showcase the potential of the agricultural and crafts sectors of the island. Visitors showed a keen interest in this innovative vision for our island, and many had long conversations with the staff manning the stand. The feedback recieved...
    Potential for Investment in Gozo
    Mr Marc Lhermitte partner at Ernst & Young’s International Location Advisory Services, who was the main speaker at the Ernst & Young Investment Attractiveness Conference that was held in Malta, together with officials from the Malta Office of the same company made a courtesy call on Gozo Minister Giovanna Debono. Mr Lhermitte presented a copy of the European Attractiveness Survey 2008 while Mr Mario P. Galea, Managing Partner at Ernst & Young Malta presented a...
    Career Paths in Agriculture
    A number of Gozitan students, parents and guidance teachers attended an information meeting about Career Paths in Agriculture, at the Sir M A Centre for Further Studies in Victoria. This meeting was organised on the initiative of the Ministry for Gozo through the coordination of the Institute of Agriculture within the University of Malta. Dr George Attard, Director of the Institute of Agriculture at the University of Malta, spoke about the opportunities available to those...
    Minister meets University of Malta Rector
    The Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono, accompanied Professor Juanito Camilleri, Rector of the University of Malta, during a visit he made in Gozo. The aim of this visit was that of strengthening the services offered by the University Gozo Centre which was set up in Gozo in 1992, as well as that of exploring the possibilities of further collaboration between the Ministry for Gozo and the University of Malta, especially in connection with...
    Eco-Gozo Public Consultation Launch
    In the picturesque and evergreen Wied il-Lunzjata in Gozo, the Minister for Gozo launched a public consultation process regarding the Eco-Gozo strategy. Stemming from Governments Vision 2015 for the Maltese Islands, the vision aims in transforming the island of Gozo and Gozitan society into a sustainable reality comprising environmental, social and economic issues. During the launch, Minister Debono presented a brochure which in the coming days would be distributed door-to-door in Gozo as well as a new...
    What is Eco-Gozo?
    Eco-Gozo is a concept which summarises Government’s vision for the future of this island. It is a vision which aims at transforming Gozo and Gozitan society into a sustainable reality in its wider sense – not only environmentally, but also socially and economically. This is a new way of looking at Gozo and its future, banking on the island’s strengths and tapping its attractive potential for the benefit of the island’s...