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“Extremely disappointed” is how environmental charity the Marine Conservation Society has described its reaction to the Prime Minister’s declaration this week that the British Government is committed to tackling ocean pollution.

The MCS says that environment department DEFRA’s 25-year plan, announced last week, “lacks ambition, urgency and coherence”.

PM Theresa May described the report “A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment” as outlining DEFRA’s “strong ambitions”, but the MCS has countered that an opportunity has been missed to tackle the many threats facing the marine environment.

Dikjarazzjonijiet pubbliċi mill-ministri fit-tħejjija għar-rapport kienu wiegħdu ħafna azzjoni biex jittrattaw it-tniġġis tal-plastik tal-oċeani, qal li l-MCS, iżda li impenjat ruħha biex tikseb żero skart tal-plastik evitabbli sal-2043 naqas milli jirrifletti l-urġenza tas-sitwazzjoni.

Il-Gvern kien tilef opportunitajiet veloċi u faċli mitluba fir-rapporti riċenti tal-Kumitat tal-Awditjar tal-Ambjent, bħal skema ta’ depożitu-ritorn fuq fliexken tal-plastik u kontenituri oħra, skont l-MCS.

It felt that while May had made much of the success of carrier-borża charges in England, the report had committed only to a voluntary approach to implement it in smaller shops.

“We welcome the overall aims of the plan outlining DEFRA’s priorities for the next 25 years,” said MCS Head of Programmes Dr Chris Tuckett.

“However, most of the commitments given have, in truth, been announced previously. We had expected more ambition in the department’s intentions, especially in tackling pollution, and in ensuring that environment laws are strengthened post-Brexit.

“We urgently need to see much more done to stop the tide of plastic entering our oceans, and an aspiration to eliminate ‘avoidable’ plastic waste by 2043 is just not sufficient. In particular, deposit-return schemes on containers, and levies on items such as coffee cups, bans on plastic straws are all simple things that could be done immediately without the need for prolonged consultation.

“Id-dejta tal-istħarriġ tal-bajjiet tagħna wriet żieda xokkanti fl-ammont ta’ skart fl-oċeani tagħna u għandna bżonn urġenti li nindirizzaw il-plastik li jintuża darba bħala l-ewwel pass.

“Hemm ukoll xogħol xi jsir, malajr ħafna, biex il-liġijiet ambjentali jiġu applikati b’mod qawwi wara l-Brexit u biex jiġu implimentati miżuri ta’ ġestjoni biex nipproteġu l-ibħra tagħna. Konsultazzjoni din is-sena dwar żoni ta’ konservazzjoni għall-ibħra Ingliżi hija milqugħa, iżda dan in-netwerk se jeħtieġ li jkun appoġġjat minn miżuri ta’ ġestjoni li fil-biċċa l-kbira tħallew barra għal siti bħal dawn sal-lum.

"Jekk il-gvern irid li l-ibħra tagħna jkunu f'kundizzjoni aħjar għall-ġenerazzjoni li jmiss, allura jridu jħaffu l-ġestjoni ta 'dawn iż-żoni fil-biċċa l-kbira mhux protetti."

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