KSU is dismayed following yesterday’s revelations that the management of the Miżieb and Aħrax woodlands, popular public recreational areas, is to be handed over to the hunting lobby group FKNK by the Lands Authority next Sunday. It is unclear what access the public will have to these areas during the long hunting seasons.

The lack of transparency in the dealings with the FKNK is further compounded by the irony that a powerful lobby is effectively being gifted the largest tract of afforested area on the Maltese Islands in one fell swoop, without any specific guarantees safeguarding the environment and protecting unhindered civilian access to the sites having been disclosed thus far. Moreover, giving out a significant portion of Malta’s already scarce land to a particular lobby group in a blatant attempt of vote influencing is simply unacceptable.

The shocking reality is that the concerns of dozens of other NGOs including KSU, and more than 20,000 petition signatories in Spazji Miftuħa’s initiative, were run over in order to appease a lobby group such as the FKNK is a clear affront to civil society and active citizenship in general.

KSU together with the below endorsing student organisations call for the immediate publication of all pertinent documents in this regard, and the reconsideration of any agreements which fail to preserve and consolidate unimpeded access to the sites all year round regardless of the hunting season. The precious little open space left should be managed by a public entity, for the public’s use.

This statement is endorsed by:

ALLT, ASCS, ELSA Malta, ESA, ESN Malta, ESO, GħSL, GUG, HoASA, IAESTE, ICTSA, JCA, JEF Malta, MAKE, MBSA, MHSA, MIRSA, MKSA, MMSA, MPSA, MUSC, SACES, S-Cubed, SDM, SĦS, Spark15, TDM2000, The Third Eye, TSA, UESA, UM Rowing Club, UM Wolves RFC, USPA