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Formentera adds voice to Platform for Vaccines, Health and Economy

foto 2021 plataformaConsell de Formentera chief Alejandra Ferrer participated in a video conference today with the Platform for Vaccines, Health and Economy (Plataforma Vacunas, Salud y Economía). Other participants included deputy chief and commerce chair Ana Juan, together with business leaders, the island’s league of small- and medium-sized business, Eivissa-Formentera Association of Hotels, Pine Islands Chamber of Commerce, Confederation of Balearic Business Groups and General Union of Workers (UGT) and Workers’ Commissions (CCOO) trade unions.

Dr Miquel Munar, one of the movement’s backers, described the platform as “government institutions, businesses, regular people and health workers organising to overcome pandemic-era polarisation and promote mass vaccination so things can return to normal and economic recovery can come in time for the summer tourist season”.

“We’re pressing government agencies to cooperate so that as soon as possible we can achieve group immunity”, said Ferrer, calling the issue “critical for our wellbeing and for an economic turnaround this summer.” Video conference participants saw data from platform meetings on EU vaccine production and distribution, and they implored government institutions to do everything in their power to ensure deliveries were on schedule. Platform members also promised the Formentera government organisational and logistical support to guarantee the success of the local vaccination effort.

“We can get through this if we work together and refuse to let demagoguery knock us off the path to safe corridors, free movement and a new tourist season.”

24 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell takes Balearic Islands Day celebration online

cartell 2021 dia illesThis 1 March, the Consell de Formentera will host a web-based celebration of Balearic Islands Day (Dia de les Illes Balears). Virtual revellers can tune in to the Consell de Formentera YouTube channel from 10.00am to hear remarks from presidenta Alejandra Ferrer, plus see a social media-ready video tribute to the hometown dance troupes Es Xacoters and Es Pastorells.

One year shy of the colles’ last public performance, the Consell offers up its own humble tribute —a virtual demo with dancers’ explanations of how they’ve spent the twelve months of pandemic— in hopes the troupes will soon be dancing again.

24 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

New waste management contract leads with organics, frequent pickups and brand-new bins and equipment

The Formentera Department of Environment reports that this Friday, local cabinet councillors will present for approval in the February plenary assembly a procurement contract for waste collection and transport, clean roads and beaches, green spaces conservation and maintenance and management of the island’s waste treatment plant. The eight-year contract comes with the option of a two-year extension and is valued at €31.5 million, with FDE chair Antonio J Sanz drawing attention to terms like an upgraded vehicle fleet, enhanced organics collection, new bins and more frequent pickup.

More organics, more bins
The contract covers standard waste, paper/cardboard, plastics and glass collection; door-to-door commercial pickup for “major waste generators”; door-to-door organics pickup for “mid-range” and major waste generators; door-to-door collection on pedestrian streets in Es Pujols and —absent from past contracts— kerbside organics bins as soon as two years after the contract’s entry in force. Councillor Sanz called it “the latest step in line with 2019 legislation on waste and polluted soils requiring 50% of all discarded material be recyclable”.

The incoming service provider will also be on the hook for upgrades of the island’s underground containers and their inside-and-out cleaning, not to mention new dustbins street side.

Pickup frequency, new equipment and e-vehicles
In addition to an upgraded fleet of vehicles including electric vehicles in the light fleet, the new terms envision enhanced material and human resources for more frequent service factoring for considerations like seasonal demand. Councillor Sanz said improvements ranging from increased collections to staff and e-vehicle additions sought to enable a more appropriate response to local demand.

Landscaping and road clearing will also be provided for, services Sanz said would require “more extensive material and human resources”, plus manual and machine-assisted beach cleaning and waterfront rubbish and recycling bins.

Path forward
The new contract will be put to tender when plenary backing is secured, with service rollout possible as early as year’s end. “Contracts like these can be slow-going and convoluted”, said Sanz, who confided he was nevertheless “hopeful this moves quickly because it’s of vital importance to the island”, describing the island’s former waste management contract as “obsolete” and “conceived for Formentera circa 2005”. He concluded by praising the department staffers who had “made this contract happen”.

24 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera offers 6 free courses for island’s agrarian and livestock sectors

cartell 2021 cursos ag aThe Formentera Department of Agriculture unveiled its 2021 offering of capacity building in agriculture and livestock. Four modules will take place in March and another two in November; the first, a 12-hour course in environmentally-friendly and soil-healthy plant care, happens 8 and 9 March.

Signups are open now and can be completed by appointment at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or online via the OVAC.

Reclaiming the countryside
Department head Josep Marí said the Consell’s longstanding commitment to free and local professional development for islanders employed in farming and livestock has “taken on new urgency in these times of pandemic”. The course programme is directly shaped by requests from agrarian and livestock workers.

The month of March comes with Managing crop irrigation (4 hours; 18 Mar.), Basic phytosanitary products in professional contexts (25 hours; 22-27 Mar.), Cultivating figs (4 hours, 30 Mar.), with Introductory beekeeping (15 hours, 5-7 Nov.) and Scaling green growing strategies (4 hours, 12 Nov.) arriving in the fall.

24 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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