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Presenting findings from study on sustainable marine uses of sea grass

The Formentera Environment Department reports that findings from ‘Sustainable marine uses of posidonia on Formentera’ will be unveiled in a Zoom call (https://zoom.us/j/92581086482) this Thursday 11 February at 7.00pm. A GEN-GOB project with support from Soldecocos, the initiative has roots in the Consell-sponsored Save Posidonia Project and purports to share findings of an effort to gauge conservation and protection of Posidonia oceanica and the impact of mooring watercraft on local meadows of the seagrass. All are welcome.

9 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Belén Alvite tackles the teenage years in latest ‘xerrada’

cartell 2021 xerrades iiThis Thursday 11 February from 5.00pm, visitors to the Consell de Formentera’s Facebook page can tune in to Belén Alvite’s presentation of ‘Adolescence: time that matters’. The most recent contributor to the Formentera Social Welfare Department’s ‘Xerrades per a famílies’ (Family Chats), Alvite is also an educator and the director of the Centre for the Study and Prevention of Addictive Behaviour (Cepca).

The talk will include advice for parents, and Alvite asserts she’ll be speaking not only as a professional but also as the mother of two teenage boys. “Sometimes the task of raising, caring for and understanding children feels overwhelming”, she asserts, “and it’s a feeling that’s magnified by increasingly complex times such as these”.

8 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

In rural corners of the island, Consell and Civil Guard step up support for vulnerable

foto 2021 persones vulnerablesThe Consell de Formentera announces that March will come with a new support service for vulnerable individuals, the elderly, dependent persons and female victims of gender violence who live in remote corners of Formentera. Officers on the Civil Guard’s ROCA team will be charged with making periodic home-visits to islanders who requested the service and registered consent with Formentera Social Welfare Department.

The programme featured in discussion earlier in the week when deputy premiere and elderly department chief Ana Juan met with FSWD chair Rafael Ramírez, interior chief Josep Marí, and Captain Francisco Javier López Sacido and Lieutenant Andrés García Valle of the Civil Guard.

Islanders taking part in the programme will continue receiving telephone check-ins from Consell staff in addition to the visits from the Civil Guard. “It’s about making our over-65s feel safer”, insisted Ramírez, who said help from FSWD and the local interior department were also crucial parts of the equation: the former shares its register of vulnerable islanders, and latter provides relevant GPS coordinates so law enforcement officers can locate programme participants. Ramírez praised the Civil Guard’s collaboration, asserting it “brings local government that much closer to islanders”. Captain López, for his part, described ongoing cooperation between the Consell and Civil Guard as “magnificent”.

Participants can expect frequent visits during Civil Guard officers’ once-monthly weeklong stays on Formentera, which are scheduled to start in March. Officers will take advantage of visits to share safety tips as well, like details about the Spanish interior ministry’s AlertCops app to report emergencies quickly and easily. The Civil Guard’s ROCA team is specifically tasked with promoting safety in rural areas.

Throughout February, the Consell’s family specialists who have carried out the telephone check-ins till now will be making a list of islanders keen to participate.

The telephone support service of the Consell de Formentera is for over-65 islanders not otherwise receiving FSWD services. It began in March amid stay-at-home orders and resumed in December.

6 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell awards 25 grants valued at €210,339 to safeguard local cultural heritage

foto 2021 paret secaThe Formentera Heritage Department reports that the Consell will deliver €210,339 in 25 grants (€100.144 for upkeep of drystone walls, €44,509 for work on cultural heritage landmarks and €65,787 for burial of overhead utility cables) to islanders who answered a call to rehabilitate assets of local heritage.

Heritage councillor Raquel Guasch said last year’s announcement of funding to preserve and enhance monuments received wave of interest, indicating that “in addition to preserving our history, these grants are about islanders feeling supported by the administration and feeling a shared sense of responsibility to safeguard our local heritage”.

Only five of thirty submissions were turned down, mostly because work being proposed wasn’t covered in terms. Grantees have 24 months from the date assistance is announced (or permits are delivered) to perform upgrades and supply proof of completion.

5 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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