On 8 January 1999, three NGO’s sharing the common aim of promoting the awareness, conservation and study of Malta’s natural heritage decided to join forces so as to form a single, more effective association. The organizations were the Society for the Study and Conservation of Nature (SSCN), founded in 1962, and the more recently formed groups Arbor 1989 and Verde 1992.

This merger resulted in the formation of Nature Trust (Malta) which was officially launched by His Excellency the President of the Republic on 8th January 1999. In June 2001 the Marine Life Care Group (MLCG) 1992 also joined Nature Trust (Malta).