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Pembroke owes its origin to the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem who built two Watch Towers on its coast, which served as a means of defence for the Grand Harbour due to Pembroke's strategic position. However, the British Services were instrumental in the development and fortification of Pembroke.

 The first principal barracks were constructed between 1859 and 1862 and were named after England's Patron Saint – St. George's. Other barracks were built later and named after Ireland and Scotland's Patron Saints – St. Patrick’s and St. Andrew’s. Fort Pembroke was built between 1875 and 1878 to serve two defence purposes, namely to safeguard the seaward approach towards the Grand Harbour and to defend the right flank of the Victoria Lines. Later, Pembroke Battery was built between 1897 and 1899 to serve the same purposes.

Various regiments served in Pembroke and the last soldiers left Pembroke during the first three months of 1979 when the Military Agreement between the Maltese Government and the British Government came to an end exactly on 31st March 1979; a day the Maltese celebrate as Freedom Day and which makes up one of the six national days. During the Second World War, German Prisoners of War were imprisoned in Pembroke and during their stay, built a small chapel which served the needs of the British Services. Since then, all the land which had been purchased by the British Services on their arrival in Malta was handed over to the Maltese Government. 

 For a few years, Pembroke was left deserted but in the mid 1980's, the Housing Department embarked on a program for the conversion of the barracks into private residences, offices and also a holiday complex. At the same time, the Government issued plots of land for sale and the first residents settled in 1986. During the coming years, Pembroke is set to see a greater influx of residents as a housing expansion program is under way.

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EU Projects under the MED Programm

MedStrategy is a project financed through the EU MED Programme. It aims at improving and address territorial governance of Med rural areas towards sustainability through an innovative integrated Planning Model (PM). The project involves rural territories of the Mediterranean area, in Italy, Spain, Greece, and Malta.

Pembroke acts as "project leader" for the Majjstral Local Council of the Municipalities in the District of Northern Harbour of Malta.

Pembroke, as the other project partners, successfully carried out a number of consultations, activities and workshops, in order to identify and actively involve the four targeted categories of stakeholders (politicians and administrators, entrepreneurs, experts and technicians, civil society).

Particularly, the methodology used during the workshops is known as EASW® ((European Awareness Scenario Workshops): an innovative and consolidated facilitation technique that involves interactive and constructive positive view-sharing to identify the key interventions and implementation through elected Local Pilot Activities as result of a common vision of the involved stakeholders.
The participation process in Malta.

In Pembroke Local Council (Malta) the Forum meetings, carried out according to the guidelines published by the project partners (“Guidelines for the organization of the participation process” realized by ANCI Sicilia – PP2), were managed and organized in cooperation with commissioned external experts and facilitators.

The meetings involved the four targeted categories of local representatives and stakeholders:

• 2nd March 2012 at 9.00am
• 2nd March 2012 at 2.00pm
• 23rd March 2012 at 9.00am
• 23rd March 2012 at 2.00pm

Around 30 people attended the Forums. The attendees included local politicians, public and private stakeholders, NGOs, farmers’ associations representatives, entrepreneurs who operates actively in the related fields (including tourism), employees of the managing and planning Authorities, experts and technicians (including engineers and architects).

Following the consultation meetings, Pembroke and the facilitators organized a Start Up Forum whereby introduced the project themes and objectives to the participants and explained how these aims could be reached only through the establishment of a community-forum that would join strengths and generate positive ideas for the implementation of a common vision toward the sustainable development of the local rural areas and through a new governance model.

The facilitators and experts then went through a brief presentation of the EASW method that would be adopted during the subsequent and related workshops.

On the 3rd of August the first EASW workshop was held in the Head Office of Pembroke Local Council and divided in two phases: the first phase in plenary session and the second phase in groups divided by categories (politicians and administrators, expert and technicians, entrepreneurs, civil society).

During the plenary session, the facilitator and experts draw the participants attention to the European Awareness Scenario methodology, explaining its history, its inspiration to the children skills to draw positive ideal scenarios, the application of this methodology to MedStrategy project.

After the brief presentation held by the experts during the plenary session, it was made clear how the aim of the workshops was to generate successful new ideas and obtain a common positive vision to be implemented toward the sustainable development of the local rural areas.

Following the plenary session, the attendees were dived in groups according to the related category to which they would belong to (politicians and administrators, experts and technicians, entrepreneurs, civil society).

The staff distributed coloured post-it(s), ad hoc MedStategy pads and pens, list of thematic areas and provided white-boards whereby the participants, after a joint discussion, would draw first a “negative scenario” (problems, issues, obstacles) for the local rural areas sustainable development and subsequently, with the support of the experts and facilitators, a “positive scenario” based on generated and shared new ideas as part of the adopted methodology.

Therefore after the first workshop, the board of experts and Pembroke Local Council representatives gathered together to summarize the Positive Common Vision obtained as result of the workshop.

A week later, on the 10th of August, Pembroke LC invited the participants for the second EASW workshop for the definition of “Key-Interventions” and “actors” (what and who) to implement the positive common vision.

During the initial plenary session the experts summarized the results of the previous workshop and explained the aims of the second EASW workshop to identify the key-interventions and the actors to implement the LPOP (Local Pilot Operative Plan).

In order to identify the actions and the actors of the LPOP, the participants were therefore divided according to the chosen thematic areas (Innovation process for the local development, Territorial cooperation and cohesion, Integration of economic sectors, Competitiveness and territorial marketing), in order to gather together the representatives of all categories of stakeholders involved.

The groups joint their strengths and ideas to identify a list of actions and the actors to whom those actions should be addressed for the successful achievement of a sustainable development of the local rural areas in Malta as final result of MedStrategy.
In order to disseminate among stakeholders and citizens MedStrategy results and aims, Pembroke organized a final open-day event whereby promotional materials were distributed, including the following leaflets of the project:

During the same event Pembroke Local Council representatives introduced Malta’s LPOP (Local Pilot Operative Plan) listing the actions (what) and actors (who) that will implement the key intervention toward the aim of the project.

 Project links :

Link to MedStrategy Official Site
Pembroke Local Council pubblications :

Medstrategy - Project Introduction Brochure 

Medstrategy - Project General Information
Medstrategy - Project Works
Medstrategy - Project Final Brochure