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New visiting hours at La Mola lighthouse

foto erro far 1The cultural branch of the Consell de Formentera reports that from tomorrow, Tuesday 15 October, new visiting hours will be observed at La Mola lighthouse. Winter hours—Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00am to 2.00pm—mean visitors can continue to enjoy the lighthouse space all year long.

Divided into two clearly distinct exhibition spaces, the cultural and educational centre opened on 1 July. The permanent exhibition explores its main focus—the sea—from a variety of angles: the marine environment, natural resources management, navigation and light signals. A second space is dedicated to temporary art exhibits.

On Friday 11 October the rotating exhibit space welcomed Erró al Far. The 12-piece exhibit of colour lithographs with dates between 2001 and 2012 was culled from the artist’s own bequeathment to the culture office.

General admission is €4.50. Admission is free for Formentera residents, visitors under 18 and the unemployed, and pensioners and students get in for €2.50.

14 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

At Posidonia Project Forum, Formentera charts roadmap to nurturing local sustainability

foto spp 2019 2Today the island welcomes the third Posidonia Project Forum, and Formentera’s president and councillor of tourism, Alejandra Ferrer, tended to the task of greeting participants. Formentera is, in the president’s words, “a small territory where the importance of sustainability has always been crystal clear”. “There’s no better proof of that than the Save Posidonia Project, launched in 2017”, she continued, pointing out this year marks the twentieth anniversary of nearby posidonia meadows’ naming as a World Heritage Site and affirming: “Their protection is one of the reasons why we’re here today”.

“We’re on our way, but there’s a considerable stretch still ahead”, she said. “When there’s a will in the political, social and business circuits, there’s a way”, Ferrer asserted, reasoning “we know what the problems are, but we know what the fixes are, too”. To pin them down, the forum kicked off yesterday with a series of working groups tackling issues like water, waste, plastics, mobility on land and by sea, the energy transition and posidonia seagrass.

President Ferrer held up Formentera’s adhesion to the sustainable tourism declaration along with local adoption of the 2030 sustainable development goals—“17 sustainable development priorities we hope local civil society and businesses make their own”. But the president didn’t mince words, either: “Working toward sustainability is no longer an option; it’s a responsibility for each and every one of us”.

2021 goals

Lastly, marine biologist Oscar Esparza presented the conclusions of working groups that met all day yesterday to explore the issues and prepare a roadmap to local sustainability that has been dubbed “Formentera 2021”.

The following goals and action plans emerged:

- Goal 1: move toward zero waste generation on Formentera.
Action plan 1: withdraw single-use plastics and work toward a system of returns and deposit refunds.

- Goal 2: improve energy efficiency on the island by favouring renewable energies.
Action plan 2: craft a plan for renewable energy efficiency for businesses in tourism, government and housing.

- Goal 3: reduce high-pollution vehicle use among local businesses and islanders.
Action plan 3: create incentives for businesses and islanders to use clean transport alternatives.

- Goal 3: regulate the flow of incoming visitors, bringing this into line with the island’s actual capacity.
Action plan 4: develop a participative strategy to efficiently regulate and administer regular ferry traffic in such a way as to simultaneously address uncontrolled anchorage on local shores.

Efforts over the next two years will be based on the idea of incremental changes, and entail the active engagement of Formentera’s social and business quarters. It is hoped that changes are evident by 2021, when the next large-scale Posidonia Project Forum is planned.

Conferences and round tables

The day-long event will feature conferences from experts on the environment and sustainability in tourism and social and economic areas; one will focus on sustainability as a pillar of competitiveness in tourism, another will offer a close-up look at an environmental issue: the suitability of carbon footprints in gauging real impact.

Activities will continue tomorrow, Saturday, with a community cleanup and an outing at sea to familiarise visiting journalists with the reasons for posidonia meadows’ designation as a World Heritage Site.

11 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Discussing plans for Balearic Islands Day celebrations

foto-reunio---preparacio---dia1Councillor of Culture Susana Labrador met today with the director general of inter-administration relations, Miquel Àngel Coll, to begin coordinating work on the events programme for the Balearic Islands Day (Dia de les Illes Balears) on 1 March. Part of an effort to make festivities reflective of diverse interests across the archipelago, recent years have seen the regional government encouraging island councils to take an active role in planning.

The Consell de Formentera and Govern balear will strike a collaborative agreement about programming that promotes a regional identity while still honouring the distinctive qualities of each island. Councillor Labrador welcomed the visit from Director General Coll and pledged that Formentera’s local government would “cooperate to ensure that this year’s programme is a complete one, and that there’s something for Formentera residents”.

Staff from the local and regional administrations were also in attendance at the gathering.

10 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Open enrolment for kids’ vegetable patch workshop

foto-hort-infantil1The Consell de Formentera primary sector department reports that beginning Monday 14 October, islanders can register their young ones to participate in the children’s vegetable patch course. The classes are geared toward ages 4 to 12 and will be held Saturday mornings, from 26 October to 20 June. Signups will happen at the Citizen’s Information Office (OAC) and the office’s virtual platform (OVAC).

As primary sector councillor Josep Marí pointed out, the course, led by specialist Lorna Hernández, has two objectives at its core: “to foment earth-smart and traditional methods of working the land, and develop respect for classmates and the natural world”.

Workshops will play out at the children's vegetable patch, or Hort Infantil, located near Sa Tanca Vella chapel in Sant Francesc. Two groups will be formed: one for kids aged 4 to 7 that meets Saturdays from 10.00am to 11.45am, and another for children aged 8 to 12 from 12.15pm to 2.00pm. The classes are free.

10 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Joan Marí Cardona lecture series gets enthusiastic Formentera welcome

foto joan mari cardona2019 1From the conference room of the Centre de Dia, the Department of Patrimony-piloted Joan Marí Cardona Local Study Days (Jornades d’Estudis Locals) playing out this week are now officially in the home stretch. Before the final conference of the lecture series’ eleventh year tomorrow, the penultimate talk takes place tonight at 8.15pm, with Felip Cirer Costa. A professor of Catalan language and literature, Cirer will give a lecture on a project that he heads, the Encyclopaedia of Eivissa and Formentera.

On Friday at 8.15pm, doctor in human biology Maria Eulalia Subirà de Galdàcano will speak about Sa Tanca Vella burial ground in a lecture focussed particularly on what the site can tell us about the people inhabiting Formentera in fourth and fifth century C.E.

The lectures series is causing quite a stir among certain islanders, and given its inclusion among the professional development course offering available to educational staff, the Balearic ministry of education has indicated it will recognise credits obtained by attendees.

10 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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