The EcoGozo Directorate exercises two main functions: coordinating the implementation of projects and measures entrusted to it, often in collaboration with stakeholders, as well as being responsible for developing and promoting policies and strategies related to its competences.
The protection and conservation of Gozo’s natural, rural, and historic environment is crucial to ensure that these play a significant role in presenting Gozo as a community which is welcoming and sustainable, attracting domestic and international visitors as well as investors to the Island.
The main objectives of the Eco-Gozo Directorate are
Protect & Enhance
Protect and enhance Gozo’s biodiversity, natural, traditional, and historic heritage
Awareness & Appreciation
Heighten Gozitan communities’ awareness and appreciation of our natural, traditional, and historical heritage
Sustainably manage and protect Gozo’s water resources
Restore, Rehabilitate & Conserve
Restore, rehabilitate, and conserve Gozo’s environment
Health & Well-being
Ensure that Gozo’s environment contributes to the Island’s communities’ health and sense of well-being
Handover to future generations a sustainably managed environment
The directorate also comprises two other sections: the Cleansing Section and the Animal Welfare Gozo section.
The Public Cleansing offers cleansing services along the arterial roads in Gozo, emptying of bins and grass cutting on both main roads and in local village streets. This section is also responsible for the maintenance of Public Conveniences in Gozo. The Beach Cleaning and Maintenance Garage is responsible for maintaining cleanliness on the beaches of Gozo and Comino. Cleaning is done regularly and rigorously all week. During the year employees within the Maintenance Garage carry out maintenance and embellishment work in various locations. Workers from this section manufacture ladders, railings and beach towers for use by lifeguards.
The Animal Welfare Section provides immediate assistance to injured, sick, vulnerable animals or those stray animals who are in potential danger that need the intervention of Animal Welfare Handlers in charge of the Emergency Animal Ambulance. This involves the provision of the temporary containment until further medical treatment can be provided, veterinary assistance, aftercare, rehabilitation and adoption thereafter.