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Consell de Formentera does legwork to remove sailboat aground on Llevant beach

foto 2020 velerThe Formentera Department of Environment reports that work began today to haul away a sailboat stranded on Platja de Llevant since August. The department has petitioned the harbour master’s office, coastal authority and nature reserve to oversee removal of the 14-metre vessel in a way that will minimise damage to nearby sand dunes.

Ruling out relaunching the ship after having confirmed its poor state and unseaworthiness, crews opted to drag it inland this morning and immobilise it to avert environmental damage amid this weekend’s forecasted strong winds. They will determine how to proceed once the storm passes.

The Consell prioritised a swift response and will act as an intermediary in the boat’s removal. Costs associated with the operation are to be paid by the ship’s owner.

28 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Submissions now accepted for Save Posidonia Project grant money totalling €112k

The Formentera Department of Environment reports that a call for applications was posted to the Balearic gazette (BOIB) for projects aspiring to obtain funding under Save Posidonia Project 2019. Due to covid-19 the call was made later than initially planned, but €112,000 raised before 1 December 2019 is still available.

The 40-day application period began Friday 24 July and will conclude 17 September.

“Our primary objective is education”, said environment conseller Antonio J Sanz, “this is about encouraging actions that will benefit conservation of Posidonia oceanica, an essential species in Balearic marine ecosystems, not least on the Formentera coastline.”

Submissions are welcome from individuals, groups or scientific teams, and will be continued to be accepted until no funding remains.

The first round of Save Posidonia Project grant money went to projects from the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) and GEN-GOB, an environmental group.

30 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Bins and urban areas cleaned and disinfected

foto 2020 neteja 1In recent days the Consell de Formentera cleaning brigade has led an emergency plan to thoroughly clean and disinfect rubbish containers in towns and high traffic spots like parks, pharmacy entrances, banks, benches and other street furniture. Furthermore, the Formentera Department of Environment reminds islanders that refuse must be disposed of in the appropriate bin (unwanted items can also be taken to the Deixalleria [household waste recycling centre]). The Deixalleria is open Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 1.30pm and Monday to Friday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

27 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera bids farewell to “Vidrio por Posidonia” with awards ceremony

foto 2020 vidre per posidonia 1Formentera chief of environment Antonio J Sanz attended the official wrap-up of Ecovidrio’s “Vidrio por Posidonia” (Glass for Posidonia) campaign today at Camí de sa Guia. On hand at the gathering were Roberto Fuentes, regional director of the non-profit entity in charge of recycling, Ecovidrio, along with the Eivissa environment conseller, the coordinator of the non-profit ecological group GEN-GOB’s harbours division, and other figures and representatives from groups and sports clubs honoured at the event.

The island governments of Formentera and Eivissa, in collaboration with the town councils of Eivissa, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Santa Eulària des Riu, Sant Joan and Sant Josep, introduced “Vidrio por Posidonia” in February in a bid to build awareness among football clubs about the importance of recycling discarded glass containers.

A month before its placement on standby amid emergency orders, the initiative saw the installation of two football-shaped containers on the two islands and “Vidrio por Posidonia” decorations on bins near sports club facilities as a reminder to athletes, trainers and their families to recycle glass waste correctly.

Awards ceremony
According to the Ecovidrio director, 7,000kg of glass containers were collected over the course of the campaign, with benefits going toward the prizes handed out as part of the day’s ceremony. GEN-GOB, which works to promote conservation of posidonia meadows in the Pine Islands, was awarded €1,000 for diving gear.

Cheques valued at €200 for sports gear were also delivered to the following clubs for companion initiatives: Penya Independent de Sant Joan (“Vidre al contenidor”); CD Ibiza Islas Pitiusas (“Pitiuso de cor”); SD Portmany (social media promotion of “Vidrio por Posidonia”); Rapid CF (“Pinta el teu escut i recicla l’ampolla”).

Local environment chief Antonio J Sanz applauded Ecovidrio’s work piloting the campaign, which was conceived to educate young people in sports clubs about how crucial it is to recycle glass—“one of the materials with the highest effective rate of recycling”, noted Sanz, “meaning the ecological protection afforded by glass recycling is paramount”. “Who better than our two islands understands the importance of safeguarding a crucial resource such as Posidonia oceanica?” he asked.

14 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera adds name to fire prevention push

The Formentera offices of interior and environment have joined a wildfire prevention campaign piloted by the Balearic government. The drive is directed at islanders who live or own property in the countryside and owners of dwellings which are located near forests.

Islanders who work the land can reduce the risk of fire by directing special attention to the perimeter of their property and removing nearby vegetation. Other recommended measures include keeping grass cut near drystone walls and breaking up homogenous planted material to reduce the risk that a fire traverse large stretch of land.

In an effort to create safe buffer zones, islanders near forests are encouraged to clear a 30-metre radius around their home. Tree tops should be trimmed if they are less than three metres from a home or from other trees, as should any trees over three metres tall. Thirty per cent of underbrush should also be cleared.

Interior conseller Josep Marí said islanders’ collaboration on safety protocol was pivotal to preventing fires, “particularly during high-risk periods like summertime”. Antonio J Sanz, who heads the environment department, reminded residents of the ban on fires and controlled burns currently in effect in forested areas.

The Consell de Formentera will promote the campaign on social media and among islanders at large.


6 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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