Eco-Gozo: A Vision for an Eco-Island

2017 marks the eight year since the inauguration of Eco-Gozo: the local sustainable development strategy for the island of Gozo.

Gozo will become an eco-island by 2020, supported by a keen and committed sustainable community. The year 2017 marks the eight year since the inauguration of ecoGozo – the local sustainable development strategy for the island of Gozo.  During this period, the ecoGozo concept has developed from a political idea to a set of tangible actions spanning the four pillars of sustainable development which are: Economy, Environment, Society and Culture and Identity. Over the previous seven years, ecoGozo has guided the Ministry for Gozo to embark on a number of signature trail-blazing projects and initiatives, some of which have gained national and international recognition, therefore positioning the Ministry as a leader for economic and environmental sustainability.  Flagship projects realised in these past seven years by the Ministry for Gozo included:

  • Renewable energy initiatives and investment in renewable energy technologies;
  • Ecological restoration and tree-planting initiatives;
  • The Public Art in Gozo venture;
  • A number of  education initiatives;
  • A vast rainwater harvesting programme;
  • A freshwater management programme.

The Aim: To protect the Gozitan lifestyle, its environment, resources, culture and identity and to ensure that all these play a significant part in presenting a warm and vibrant community that attracts more visitors and investors to the island.

The Vision: To be the benchmark example of local government achieving an increasingly sustainable society through committed, grassroots involvement by the Gozitan community. 

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