Sustainable Development Strategy : Dingli 2020 is a new publication edited by Dr. Marvin Formosa and published by the Dingli Local Council. The publication is both a policy discussion of sustainable development as well as policy action plan for the coming ten years. The publication of this development strategy is very opportune as the general public in Malta are at a crucial cross-road in local policy : Should an unsustainable development project be encouraged because of its economic returns? Or should they contest it because of its negative impact on the nation’s ecological and social fabric? Without doubt, the contributions found in this strategy confirm the urgent need to balance economic, social and environmental concerns to ensure equitable and continued development for both present and future generations.
Although this policy action plan focuses on a particular local area in the Maltese Islands - that of Dingli - there is no doubt that communities are central to the success of sustainable development strategies. When thinking about the scale at which sustainable development is possible one fundamental answer is the following motto : think globally, act locally.
The publication includes messages from the Hon. Dr. Lawrence Gonzi, Prime Minister of Malta, and the Hon. Dr. Joseph Muscat, Leader of the Opposition. The chapters included:
Chapter 1 Dingli : A Historical Overview (Mario Micallef)
Chapter 2 Sustainable Development (Marvin Formosa)
Chapter 3 Social and Cultural Implications (Marvin Formosa)
Chapter 4 Criminal Issues (Jacqueline Azzopardi Cauchi, Saviour Formosa, and Sandra Scicluna)
Chapter 5 Health and Well-Being (Marianne Massa)
Chapter 6 Environmental Resource Management (Emmanuel Sinagra)
Chapter 7 A Review of Land Use Policies and Recommendations for Improvement (David Mifsud Parker)
Chapter 8 Sustainable Tourism in Rural Living
Part I : A programme for sustainable tourism (David Pace)
Part II : Conservation and upgrading projects (David Mifsud Parker)
Part III : Technological Enhancements to Sustainable Tourism (Jacqueline Azzopardi Cauchi, Saviour Formosa, and Sandra Scicluna)
Chapter 9 Energy audit of the office building, Dingli Local Council (Jonathan Scerri)
Chapter 10 National Minimum Requirements on Energy Performance for the New Proposed Civic Centre Dingli (Jonathan Scerri)
Chapter 11 Energy Audit for Public Areas in the Vicinity of Dingli (Jonathan Scerri)
Chapter 12 Sustainable Energy Action Plan, Dingli (Jonathan Scerri)
Chapter 13 Infrastructural Projects for Sustainable Development (Michael J. Camilleri)
Chapter 14 Traffic Management Plan (Mario Ellul)
Chapter 15 Dingli Urban Conservation Area Upgrading Project (David Vassallo)
Special thanks go to the above contributors, Dingli residents who participated in the research, and Ian Borg, Mayor of Dingli.