Research: Sustainability Policy for EU Islands

EU Island-Friendly Policymaking – Malta’s instance

  • Charlon Joseph Abela


For us minute isplant developing States, the scrutiny of sustainability is not an ambiguous, arcane regard. It is rather a matter that affects the very truth of our creature.

H.E. Mr L.Erskine Sandiford

Prime Minister of Barbados[1]

Table of Contents


  1. Abstract

European Union cunning is not thinked to be one which courteous ponders the sustainability challenges which islands uninterruptedly mien. The EU cunning arrival as respects sustainability consequences has been guarded as an incremental and a fragmented one.

This brochure seeks to substantiate the deep sustainability challenges miens by EU islands and strives for the consummation of their awareness. The vulgar specification of islands is to-boot eminent. Here, the whole lies on the deed that the specification of islands is rather styptic and therefore excludes isplant specifys. Additionally, one should to-boot not the deed that twain detachment as courteous as peripherality drop among any of the categories of the Union’s Contact Impost directlines.

One of the deep wholes which put European islands at a helplessness is that since they are root in contrariant administrative strata of the EU, a closing of harmonisation vis-à-vis statistical facts and other elements exists. This hinders the fertile monitoring of sustainable harvest. Malta’s role in stressing these wholes as suffered by European islands complete be thinked in the unsteady of the European Union’s cunning-making.

Keywords: European Union, Sustainability Challenges, Definition, Contact Impost directlines, Harmonisation, Policy-Making.

  1. Research Question

Starting off from the theories of the deep proponents on the matter of Sustainable Harvest the fabricator of this brochure seeks to betray how European Union (EU) cunning making is addressing sustainability challenges in isplant specifys and how this is seen from the perspective of the guarded stakeholders. In this composition, a instance examine would be the best public apsummit to respect the contact of these policies. Malta’s Mistra instance complete be analysed.

  1. Literature Review

One may ask why the consequence of sustainable harvest is root in collective comprehension and not among ecosystem assumption or cosmical ecology. The examine for this is that most academic deliberate is led and dominated by economic theories which ponder the indulgent for economic important and monetary valuation. Cost-benefit resolution and normative cunning assumption to-boot drop among these theories. (e.g. Vatn and Bromley, 1994; Victor, 1991; Gutés, 1996; Munda, 1996; Gowdy, 2003).

The 1992, renewal device of the United Nations about sustainable harvest, aggravate famously unconcealed as Agenda 21, drawingated for the countries’ harvest of Collective Sustainable Harvest Strategies (NSDSs). This device appointly the deficiency that key resolutions had to be smitten at a collective roll simultaneously succeeding a suitableness stakeholders. Precedently delving deeply into the challenges of Sustainable Harvest one has to face at several scholars (and organisations) who examineed this matter and respect their specifications and appreciates.

The roots of sustainable harvest challenges succeeding from the concepts of inabundant and collective investigate harvests that in sum demands a thoroughgoing transmute in one’s appoints of product, reversal, resolution-making, philosophical discernment and whole-oriented examination (Ashford, 2002; Rammel, 2003; Funtovicz and Ravetz, 1994).

According to the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) sustainable harvest terminations from the “regard aggravate the collective and environmental contacts of economic harvest” and “exhibition to complete proficiency through ‘win-win-win’ solutions grovellingd on the integration of environment, economic and collective cunning objectives”.[2]

Discussing sustainable harvest one has to face at the Prevalent forms of harvest and at the Sustainable harvest copy. Approaches of a prevalent truth say that in verse succeeding a suitableness globalisation existentization complete use settle. According to David Pepper (1996) existentization and proficiency of community depends on two variables that are, how fur structurally specialised it is and how contrariantiated it is. This assumption closely relates to an ego-centric bud and one’s identical measure. However, one of the contacts of existentization is the devastating movables on truth. This includes waste alteration to probable parks, deforestation and large stream harnessing for principle progeny. According to Thomas C. Bell from the U.S Water News, in the composition of hydropower dams these possess been the creator of indirect contacts on the large streams’ ecosystems.[3]

According to Walt Whitman Rostow (1960), among the Prevalent copy, the community is seen to by from several stations of economic bud which he splits up into five categories, that are, 1)Traditional Society; 2) Preconditions for use-off; 3) Take-off; 4) Push to maturity; and 5) Age of lofty heap expenditure. Succeeding a suitableness ‘Take-off’ there is the emergence of new industries and new entrepreneurial classes suitableness during the ‘maturity’ station economic bud exceeds population bud. At the latest specify, the community’s heap expenditure allows the insertion of collective courteous-being (Pepper 1996).[4] Such a copy proposes a versear harvest which offers the destiny for Third World societies to arrive-at harvest of a Western title. However, in resistance to this notion of versear harvest John Barry (1999) appreciates that there is no such harvest which may be guaranteed for existent community and such harvest is not to be necessarily tuneful among countries.

A enumerate of copys of environmental harvest possess been created in apsummit to resettle the former harvest paradigms. According to Mark Roseplant (2000) these new copys think collective transmute, the measurement of collective equity, the dilution of organisational movablesiveness and the erection to cosmical and technical capabilities aiming at sustainability.

Within these new copys, sustainability, asks for the guard of the grovelling of probable instrument upon which ignoringociate harvest lies. This environmental harvest copy is not merely directed towards the guard of truth but to-boot at the figment of an ecoclose community that lives subdued succeeding a suitableness truth. Such a community, demands that economic courage and cosmical proficiency by no resources constrain the fall of truth. According to Susan Baker (2006) “Sustainable harvest is portio of new efforts, albeit empirical to mix environmental, economic and (aggravate of-late) collective thinkations into a new harvest paradigm.”[5]

  1. Aims

The forthfuture are the deep offeration of the examine:

  • What are the interpretations and ways of implementation of the cunning in the collective composition?
  • What are the deep sustainability consequences, cunning drawing, implementation notions and unimportant transmutes to plant use?
  • How sustainable are the criteria?
  • What is the contact on the 9 Plant Use Functions (LUF)?
  • What are the sustainability framework indicators?
  1. Methodology

The appointology used in this examine is grovellingd on the public principles of the SENSOR protocol. This protocol was recognized to push out surveys in 4 SENSOR[6] perceptive areas, deeply:

  • Coastal climes
  • Post-industrial climes
  • Mountainous climes
  • Isplant climes

Becreator of the closing of line and dropping documented examples of portioicipatory arrivales to the Contact Assessment, a appointoclose framework for the envelopment of stakeholders in the Sustainability Contact Impost (SIA) is analyzed in the enhancement of the policies familiar as portio of the SENSOR device, specially as respects the use of European plant. [7]

The Framework Programme for Participatory Contact Impost (FoPIA) drawing enables the impost of cunning movabless that are thinked to be perceptive to collective, climeal and subjectal sustainability respects by throng and connecting the expertise of the collective, climeal and subjectal stakeholders who do resemble a essential role in the resolution mode.

Situations among the SENSOR device summit to undeveloped abnormity in European cunning as a termination of perceived sustainable harvest challenges. Scenarios which maybe may envelop a merge of cunning instruments including synod, subsidies and taxes, are in-one comparatively elaborate in a counterfactual or grovellingverse contrast for the sight of situations in which the cunning is not implemented. These contrasts are then made matter to the Sustainability Contact Impost (SIA) which envelops the preference and inquiry of the sustainability criteria and indicators that ponder deep respects cognate to the sustainability of plant use. Contact imposts and sustainability limits are unquestioned by the stakeholders’ experience of the offer socio-economic and environmental status of the clime.

Now that a basic discernment of the FoPIA has been delivered, one can search into its several stations. These stations complete be the deep appointology through which advice complete be collected for this examine.

The FoPIA is rooted on 5 blocks among the European Environment Agency, that are, the Driver; Pressure; State; Impact; and Response.

Driver, associates to sustainability consequences that push / beget share in a portioicular cunning. Pressure, associates to abnormitys in the use of plant as a termination of transmutes in cunning. Specify and Impact, associate to the unimportant transmutes in the spheres of community, economics and environment. Finally, Response, associates to the cunning makers’ latest resolutions according to their experience from advice collected from the impost’s technical output. Normally, this latest kind is seen to be delayout of the Sustainability Contact Impost Tool (SIAT).

For movablesive facts throng, the FoPIA is grovellingd on a Stakeholder-approach. This apsummit is divided into two appearances. The pristine appearance consults stakeholders in semi-structured conferences suitableness in the relieve appearance the stakeholders are collected and portioicipate in a Sustainability Contact Impost (SIA) workshop.

The FoPIA arrival offers ue succeeding a suitableness a appointoclose tour from whole specification to the stakeholders’ feedback.

Figure 1 illustrates the close texture of the FoPIA.

Figure 1

The forthfuture sections pomp how this apsummit can be applied in alloticular.

Phase 1. This appearance commences succeeding a suitableness the exact examine of the cunning’s collective interpretations and ways of implementation in the composition of the deep sustainability consequences and difficulties. This is completed through semi-structured conferences succeeding a suitableness the guarded cunning makers who act twain at collective roll as courteous as those who reoffer the collective share at an EU roll. Generally, these are delineateatives future from the legislation’s departments. However, members of started groups and members of specifically-set advisory panels are to-boot conferenceed.

Another set of conferences is effected succeeding a suitableness climeal stakeholders. These conferences standsummit on the transmute of plant use that complete use settle when the cunning is implemented. These stakeholders are selected from legislation departments and those envelopd in resolution making, which are specifically guarded succeeding a suitableness the cunning in scrutiny. Interviewed stakeholders may to-boot be selected from the ‘land’ delineateatives and share groups.

The apsummit used for these conferences is that of Snowball Sampling and is to be effected through email conformity or by telephone.

Each conference is grovellingd on a subject direct examination scrutinys on sustainability consequences, cunning drawing and implementation as courteous as the unimportant transmutes in plant use. All conferences possess to by through three stations:

  1. Recording
  2. Transcription
  3. Analysis

Content resolution envelops the loftylighting of the key themes mentioned and the terminations are to be used as the rootation for drain of practicable scenarios. This advice is to be forwarded to the Sustainability Contact Impost (SIA) workshop.

Phase 2. This appearance envelops the SIA workshop, which brings simultaneously all the stakeholders in Appearance 1. Throughout the workshop, the stakeholders consummate resolution of sustainability criteria. Additionally an impost of the accruing transmutes terminationing from the cunning in scrutiny, among the collective, environmental and economic indicators is effected. Any new indicator values are contrasted succeeding a suitableness the sustainability limits laid down by the stakeholders. Finally, criteria are reassessed in apsummit to loftyunsteady the stakeholders’ indulgents.

In the inception of the SIA workshop the team requisite the examine offers a précis of the findings betrayed from the conferences in the pristine appearance. Stakeholders, then examine these summits and if an conformity is completed the summits may be amended to ponder aggravate clearly any practicable late cunning harvest. Forthfuture is a specification and impost of the deep sustainability criteria in the composition of the plant use.

This station requires a moderated examineion and a scoring exertion which are followed by another examineion in apsummit to complete conformity on the criteria jaws.

The examineion on sustainability criteria is grovellingd in nine Plant Use Functions (LUF) which are to be offered by the chairman. These 9 LUFs are categorised as follows:[8]

  1. Social functions:
    1. Cultural
    2. Health and Recreation
    3. Provision of work
  2. Economic functions:
    1. Residential and non plant-domiciled industries and services
    2. Land-domiciled product
    3. Infratexture and mobility
    4. Environmental functions:
      1. Provision of abiotic instrument
      2. Provision of habitat
      3. Maintenance of ecosystem modees
      4. Each of these nine functions are byed through a mode of scoring ranging from ‘1’ to ‘10’. A jaw of ‘1’ pomps low weight suitableness that of ‘10’ signifies greatly lofty weight.

        After the scoring appearance, the stakeholders can caress or rethink their jaws as a termination of new advice/discernment from other portioicipants. This enables ‘collective knowledge ‘(Henkens et al. 2007). An mean of the jaws is drawn, eventually, if any portioicipant transmutes his/her jaw the mean can barely be amended by accord from all portioicipants.

        Following, specification and conformity on sustainability framework indicators are sought. These are then used for an contact impost of each cunning scenario. These Plant Use Function Criteria Indicators (LUFCI) are obtained from the former station. This station, seeks to incorporate contacts and sustainability consequences brought up by the stakeholders.

        Stakeholders fit on a schedule of LUFCIs in the former station. In this station they fit upon LUFCIs are used for the execution of an contact impost on each cunning scenario. Again, the portioicipants possess to assent a jaw on each LUFCI ranging from -3 to 3. ‘-3’ denotes a influential indirect contact, suitableness a ‘+3’ denotes a very definitive contact. These predictions are to be made on a opportunity age of 25 years.

        As in former stations, an mean jaw is worked out. Stakeholders examine simultaneously the mean of the LUFCIs which enables collective knowledge on a reason of the differences among their opinions.

        During this station, acceptability of the unimportant contacts is assessed. Each LUFCI is set a minimum type (to-boot associatered to as a ‘sustainability limit’) which repeatedly succeeding special scoring is followed by examineion. Participants should assess each LUFCI and pick-out whether their arrival is sustainable or unsustainable. Repeatedly jaw diversify from -3 to +3.

        Now, stakeholders should repeatedly analyse the LUFC in the enhancement of the contact impost in apsummit to extol the stakeholders’ indulgents for the cunning scenarios. This station is loftylighted by the thinkation of trade-offs which force termination twain from definitive and indirect contacts. Participants are repeatedly asked to assent a jaw which ranges from 1 to 9, whereby a jaw of ‘1’ denotes the meanest weight. As precedently, an mean jaw is congenial, examineed and amended barely if all fit.

        This latest assemblage envelops another examineion of twain the mode as courteous as of the latest terminations of the SIA. This allows all portioicipants to ponder on the output and to think the providing of feedback on the appoints used, materials and examination inputs adopted.

        This assemblage is divided as follows:

        1. A offeration of the compendium of the workshop terminations
        2. The stakeholders examine terminations
        3. Participants should loftyunsteady any summit succeeding a suitableness which they fitd or disagreed throughout the running of the examine including the appointoclose mien
          1. This includes the loftylighting of portios which required ignoringociate clarifications
        4. The portioicipants should assent their feedback on whether they appreciate that this FoPIA grovellingd examine is fertile in among the set composition and whether they appreciate that there complete be any analytical and collective consummations.
        5. Finally, portioicipants should summit out if they enjoyed the examine’s appointoclose portio and if they appreciate that there were any setbacks. They should to-boot hint any practicable improvements.
        6. References

          Blewitt John, Discernment Sustainable Development, TJ International, 2008

          Baker Susan, Sustainable Development, Routledge, 2006

          Sustainable Harvest Strategies: A Resource Book, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris and United Nations Harvest Programme, New York, 2002

          Sustainable Development: New Research, Abate Gugsa et al. Maples D. Alexander (Editor), Nova Comprehension Publishers, Inc. 2005

          Trade, Climate Transmute and Sustainable Development: Key Issues for Developing Countries; Intercollective Centre for Trade and Sustainable Harvest ( (accessed on 20th December 2013)

          Pierce Roger, Examination Methods in Politics: a serviceable direct, TJ Intercollective Ltd, 2008

          Morris Jake, Sustainability Contact Assessment: Tools for Environmental, Collective and Economic Movables of Multifunctional Plant Use in European Regions. Assemblage 3: FOPIA – A new appoints winning climeal stakeholders in Contact Assessment. Accessed from (accessed on 22nd December 2013)

          Morris Jake Berton, Tassone Valentina, De Groot Rudolf, Camilleri Marguerite and Moncada Stefano, A Framework for Participatory Contact Assessment: Involving Stakeholders in European Cunning Making, a Instance Examine of Plant Use Transmute in Malta, Ecology and Community 16(1): 12, Published inferior the indulge by the Resilience Alliance

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          [1] Opening specifyment to the UN Global Conference on the Sustainable Harvest of Minute Isplant Developing States. Barbados, 26 April – 6 May 1994.

          [2] (accessed on 21st December 2013)

          [3] Bell Thomas C. , U.S. Water News, 1995

          [4] Baker Susan, Sustainable Development, Routledge, 2006

          [5] Baker Susan, Sustainable Development, Routledge, 2006

          [6] SENSOR device: Sustainability Contact Assessment: Tools for Environmental, Collective and Economic Property of Multifunctional Plant Use in European Regions. This is an mixd device funded inferior the European Commission’s sixth Framework Programme, that is, a Framework Programme for Participatory Contact Impost (FOPIA). The FoPIA is a set of examination appoints that alsimultaneously facilitates the discernment of the envelopment of collective, climeal and subjectal stakeholders as respects the imposts of cunning contacts on European plant use.

          [7] Morris Jake Berton, Tassone Valentina, De Groot Rudolf, Camilleri Marguerite and Moncada Stefano, A Framework for Participatory Contact Assessment: Involving Stakeholders in European Cunning Making, a Instance Examine of Plant Use Transmute in Malta, Ecology and Community 16(1): 12, Published inferior the indulge by the Resilience Alliance

          [8] Morris Jake, Sustainability Contact Assessment: Tools for Environmental, Collective and Economic Movables of Multifunctional Plant Use in European Regions. Assemblage 3: FOPIA – A new appoints winning climeal stakeholders in Contact Assessment. Accessed from (22nd December 2013)

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