Wednesday 4 January 2023

"Chalet and Qawra sites require Social Impact Assessment" Malta Sociological Association

The Malta Sociological Association (MSA) has called for social impact assessments in relation to Government's proposal to declassify three public properties from the public domain. 

In its feedback to the Planning Authority, MSA said that the entire policy process in question should employ social impact assessments, in an ongoing process.

"Hence, Social Impact Assessments should be conducted with regard to the following
public properties, which are being proposed by Government for declassification from
the Public Domain to serve both private and public interests:
1. Chalet, Triq it-Torri, Sliema
2. Triq Dawret il-Qawra, Bugibba l/o St.Paul’s Bay (Site A)
3. Triq Dawret il-Qawra, Bugibba l/o St.Paul’s Bay (Site D)"

The MSA referred to the International Principles for Social Impact Assessment, established by the International Association for Impact Assessment, and emphasized that such studies should be ongoing processes with constant engagement with stakeholders, rather than one-off exercises. 

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