Eleven localities will benefit from an investment of over €300,000 for urban greening projects to counteract the effects of urbanisation.
The investment was announced by Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia on Monday.
The projects, by local councils and Ambjent Malta, will feature the planting of trees and shrubs and infrastructure work such as pavements and benches to improve green spaces in the designated localities.
The localities are Għajnsielem, St Julian's, Santa Lucija, Ħamrun, Valletta, San Lawrenz, Vittoriosa, Birżebbuġia, Qala, Munxar and Sliema- These projects are giving back green open spaces to the community, which will serve as a place where people can enjoy their families, and improve quality of life,- Farrugia said.
He said that young families should not need to go to Ta’ Qali or Chadwick Lakes to enjoy green open spaces, but should have such spaces in their own locality.
People, as well as the government want to see greener, more environmental and sustainable projects in urban areas.
He said such green projects will increase biodiversity by establishing particular flora and fauna from an ecological perspective.
Apart from this, more green spaces will help communities in combatting the impact of climate change, since they reduce ambient temperature and reduce the urban heat effect, as trees cover and vegetation cool the area.