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Formentera makes case for equality

Foto taula informativaThe Formentera Council's Office of Social Welfare has reported on plans to issue an official statement at the administration's plenary session defending the rights and freedoms of women in the 21st century. Councillor and department head Vanessa Parellada took the opportunity of International Women's Day celebrations today to urge continued work “to move equality forward”.

In so doing, the Formentera Council will lend support to a manifesto drafted by IB Dona. The text reaffirms March 8 as a “day of historic importance in the struggle for real equality between women and men”. While the text casts women's rights and liberties as fruit of the toil of previous generations, it also calls for sustained action to ensure the collective patrimony is maintained.

Activities on March 8
The Formentera chapter of Espai Dones has organised a series of activities to herald International Women's Day. At 12 noon an information stand will be mounted and staffed at plaça de la Constitució. Another activity will take place at 5.30pm, when students of Formentera's school of music and dance join teacher Julia Delgado in staging a flash mob. Immediately after, members of the Eivissa-Formentera musical conservatory will perform for the public with the help of centre coordinator Margalida Villalonga. At roughly 6.00pm in the square, surrogates of Espai Dones will read the group's International Women's Day manifesto.

In Berlin, Formentera seeks to advance sustainable tourism

Foto presentacio formentera itb berlinThe Formentera Council's Office of Tourism has announced it will attend, today through Sunday, March 12, Berlin's ITB travel trade show. Tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer pledged that visitors to the Balearic Islands' stand would be able to hear all about Formentera's dazzling qualities. Ferrer, who traveled to the German city for the event, highlighted the launch at ITB of one initiative in particular, Save Posidonia Project. The councillor will be joined by a public relations specialist from her department as the two of them spread the Formentera gospel to ITB crowds.

Today at the show, members of the media saw the Balearics extolled as a winter destination spot. The councillor described Better in Winter as “a bid to showcase everything Formentera offers those who opt to skip the high season: sports and cultural programming and nature trails, for starters”.

Save Posidonia Project
Ferrer took the opportunity to talk about some of the details of the Save Posidonia Project, like how for €1 per cubic metre, companies and private citizens can sponsor any portion of the 7,650 hectares of posidonia seagrass around Formentera. Money raised will fund projects to conserve the plant, “a particularly important part of our commitment to sustainable tourism,” according to Ferrer.

Clean-up at Sa Sequi

Foto retirada posidoniaThe Formentera Council's Office of Environment has reported on a recent clean-up of Sa Sequi, the irrigation canal that links estany Pudent with Formentera's surrounding sea. Absent the posidonia seagrass that had washed into the canal and obstructed it after recent storms, Daisee Aguilera, the administration's councillor of environment, said the back and forth flow of water would resume and the local ecosystem regain its previous conditions.

A total of eight cubic metres of washed-up seaweed clogged the passage. To clear it, the Council hired a crane and excavator for a procedure that took ten hours and cost €1,657, VAT included. Three employees, brought in by Salines de Formentera, were tasked with removing the buildup by hand. The crew took advantage of the opportunity to remove an invasive plant from the canal as well; that material comprised some four cubic metres. The Formentera Council had to receive approval from two agencies—the coastal authority and the Balearic directorate general of natural spaces and biodiversity—before it could carry the clean-up forward.

New survey seeks clearer picture of Formentera's housing crunch

Simulacio final obra HPOThe Formentera Council's land office is engaging directly with IBAVI, the Balearic Islands' housing institute, on a survey to improve understanding of the housing demand on the island. Survey respondents will also be added to a register of potential renters, updating the waiting list for IBAVI's low-cost housing currently under construction in Sant Ferran.

In March, the Council has created an information corner at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) where home-hunters can register. It is open Monday through Friday, 9.00am to 2.00pm and interested parties can also visit IBAVI's Formentera office next to SOIB, Mondays 9.30am to 1.00pm and Thursdays 11.00am to 1.30pm.

According to land councillor Alejandra Ferrer, the two groups' decision to team up can be traced back to the need for “clearer data on Formentera's housing crunch”. Equipped with the information, she said, the Council and Govern foresee carrying forward pointed efforts to tackle the problem.

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