Why we should save Zonqor

Addressing the press this morning, ADZ – Malta Green Youth re-affirmed its unwavering
commitment to the principle of sustainable development.

Referring to the proposed private university development on ODZ land in Zonqor, the Green
Youths stated that although they believed in the value of education as a fundamental pillar of
society and the need for further investment, the proposed development would serve no practical
purpose or benefit for the Maltese or the South. Such a project, they added, was of a commercial
nature, not an educational one, and should be treated as such.

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Unfortunately ADŻ are aware that this is not an isolated case of development on ODZ. There are
more cases, such as the Shooting Range in Mosta, the Hotel in Mellieħa, Schools in Għaxaq,
Racetrack in Qrendi, Qala Yacht, which are the ones we actually know about. Nothing can condone
the use of ODŻ, since the repercussions of building on ODŻ will in the long term far outweigh the
benefits.

The Green Youths insisted that the government needs to protect our few remaining green open
spaces instead of giving them away to private commercial interests. It made no sense, they
concluded, to sacrifice our collective quality of life and giving away our few remaining green
spaces for short term financial gain.

Marc’Andrea Cassar – Chairperson MaltaGreenYouth

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