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Port authority boss makes first official visit to Formentera

foto-visita-miquel-mir-forment1Administration chief Alejandra Ferrer held a meeting today with Joan Gual de Torrella, the head of the Balearic port authority (APB). Meeting at 12.30pm in the sala d'Actes, the two officials were joined by Ana Juan and Susana Labrador, the island's vice president and deputy vice president, respectively, as well as councillors Rafael González, Pep Marí and Bartomeu Escandell, and, on the APB side, Juan Carlos Plaza and Ignacio Revilla (the agency's director and delegate to Eivissa and la Savina).

President Ferrer said attendees spoke about what has been called the new “Special Strategy” for the la Savina port, including plans for additional harbour buildings—part of phase two of construction, which is scheduled to start at the end of summer. Ferrer said the new areas were also expected to come with facilities for the local fishing industry.

The Formentera president also held up a deal between the Consell and APB that will be key to installing museum displays in la Mola lighthouse. The APB chief congratulated the Consell on what he called “a project that could be used as a model for other lighthouses”.

Gual de Torrella said the completion of phase one gave “increased visibility” to the sea and would make the port “more welcoming for tourists and islanders alike”. He said to watch out for “brand-new spaces specifically designed to support everything from training to innovation, year round”.

Gual de Torrella indicated that soon, la Savina port would be equipped with air quality sensors that islanders will be able to check online.

15 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

CiF equips public schools with water fountains

foto-escola-de-la-mola premsa1The Formentera Council's Office of Environment reports that, as part of the participatory spending initiative of the Consell d'Entitats, seven water fountains have been installed across the island's three public primary schools: four at Mestre Lluís Andreu (Sant Francesc), two at CEIP Sant Ferran and one at CEIP de la Mola.

Acting environment councillor Daisee Aguilera said she was extremely pleased with the initiative—a proposal that the Island Residents' Association (AVIF) hoped would “help kids cut back on the plastics they use and the processed drinks they drink”.

The fountains themselves cost €10,000 and were put in by the Formentera Council works brigade. An additional five will be set up in the coming days between the high school and the fitness centre as part of the same initiative.

The idea started at the Consell d'Entitats, which convened last night for a special session. The 8pm gathering served to sign off on the the most recent meeting minutes of the group and other sectorial subcommittees.


13 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Cleaning crews take on la Savina canal

foto-neteja-canal-de-la-savina1The Formentera Council environment office reports that cleaning operations will be carried out today (30 May) on a canal in la Savina near salterns called salines d'en Ferrer. The administration brought in an outside firm to oversee the work after reports that the freshwater drainage canal was in less than ideal condition due to clogged up waste. A technical study piloted by the Council determined that failure to drain properly meant that water remained stagnant, causing a foul smell and an explosion of insect numbers.

The Council has pledged to pay €1,875.50 (VAT included) for the work, which will be conducted between 8.00am to 6.00pm. The last time similar actions were taken was three years ago. As in the photo below, crews will focus on a segment of the canal which abuts the salines d'en Ferrer and lies between Gregal and Ponent streets, where the canal drains into estany des Peix.

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CiF Office of Environment has pointed out the section in question is crosscut by a number of pipes, among them sewage. The Council's requests to have the pipes removed are currently being processed, an initiative which is included in a strategy to replace and upgrade the local sanitation grid that being driven by the Balearic agency for water and environmental quality, Abaqua.


30 May 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

School children collect scientific data about micro-plastics on local beaches

mestre-llui--s-andre premsa1The Formentera Council Office of Environment reports that pupils of the Mestre Lluís Andreu school took part in a day of education which found pupils joining artist Sol Courreges in creating a symbolism-heavy project incorporating micro-plastics gathered over the past year. Children also read out short manifestos in defence of the planet.

This 2018-2019 school year, GEN-GOB and the Council have collaborated on a project called “Plastic Zero” across the island's three primary schools in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and la Mola. Spearheaded by the Centre d'Estudis Avançats in Blanes, a group that works to monitor plastics pollution on Mediterranean beaches across Catalunya, Mallorca, Alacant, Eivissa, and now Formentera, the project has obtained help from the science-related civil society group Seawatchers (Observadors del Mar).

To get things off the ground, September of last year saw the selection, based on location, of three local beaches, that would be used to study how pollution effects sea currents. Cavall d'en Borràs was sponsored by Mestre Lluís Andreu, es Pujols by Sant Ferran and es Arenals by la Mola and the other two schools. Some 700 primary school pupils are thought to have participated.

During the school year, children observed established scientific protocol as they gathered samples, which were taken to to schools in order for other students to analyse and classify the plastics. Once entered into the system and weighed, that data was sent to the Seawatchers website.

According to acting environment councillor Daisee Aguilera was on hand for today's event and followed the initiative's progress first-hand during the school year. “Projects like these are terific examples of how to teach future generations about the importance of caring for our environment”, she said. She took the opportunity to give her thanks to the educational community and collaborators for their help “making our island a more sustainable place”.


7 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Islanders take time to clear rock piles

photo-2019-05-29-08-30-40-1-This Saturday, 1 June, volunteers will gather in the es Trucadors area of the island for a morning of education and rock pile removal. All those interested in taking part should reserve their spot by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Volunteers coming from Eivissa will meet at the Formentera ferry terminal at 8.30am and have a free shuttle service. Formentera residents will gather directly at es Ministre car park at 10.30am.

The idea is to remove at least some of the piled up stones in the area. Participants will learn about how stacking up stones poses problems for many native species, not to mention the landscape.


29 May 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

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