The Gozo Regional Development Authority, together with the EcoGozo Directorate and the Gozo Chamber of Commerce organised the GTI Observatory as part of the Greening the Islands initiative. Gozo, has been a member of this community since 2018. The Greening the Islands offers various means for islands to become more sustainable.
The GTI observatory consisted of a two-day meeting where various sectors were discussed and how these can become more sustainable. Topics discussed include the energy and water sector. As well as mobility on the island, the waste sector, agriculture, and air quality. Amongst the participants there were officials from various Government departments, local Authorities and Corporations as well as educational institutions. Furthermore, present for the meeting, there were members from the business sector. Moreover, during the discussions there were various foreign experts who shared their views and best practices on how their islands and countries strengthen the operation of more environmentally friendly methods.
Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri said that these meetings held in Gozo are at opportune time as the island is looking at various models in order to become more sustainable. He recalled that the Government has already launched various incentives, some of which are more advantageous for Gozo. Moreover, within the Electoral Manifesto there are more initiatives to be implemented, in order for Gozo to achieve its goal.
Mr. Mario Borg, CEO of the Gozo Regional Development Authority, said that in the coming weeks, the Authority will launch the strategy for Gozo following a consultation process, with particular focus on the sustainability of the island.
The President of the Gozo Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Joe Borg, expressed his satisfaction that what was started a few years ago is bearing fruit, as a high-level meeting was held in Gozo where interesting and sustainable ideas and projects were discussed for the future.
Mr. Gianni Chianetta, Director of Greening the Islands, said that such conferences offer a platform for discussion, sharing of ideas and cooperation between islands facing similar challenges.