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Home composting course in la Mola

Curs compostatge foto premsa EDIT 350x251The Formentera Council has organised a course on home composting to take place Saturday 12 March in the primary school of la Mola. Residents interested in attending can sign up at the office of environment located on carrer Mallorca in Sant Ferran. Led by specialist Juanjo Torres of the group Amics de la Terra, the course costs €20 per person, but, as department head Daisee Aguilera pointed out in her office's presentation of the course this morning, participants will each come away with a compost bin valued at €100, as well as the knowledge of how to use it.

“Residents will have the opportunity to see how waste can be transformed into usable products. This helps people reduce the environmental impact of what they do at home”, said Aguilera. Councillor Aguilera highlighted the Formentera Council's efforts to revitalise the local countryside and said the goal of the composting classes is “to give Formentera residents the tools to use organic waste and scraps to enrich their land”. “Any waste we can reuse is waste that doesn't end up at the Es cap de Barbaria transfer plant”, she noted.

Hazel Morgan, a representative of Amics de la Terra, called the home composting push important because “it's the most sustainable way to make use of the organic waste generated at the domestic level”. For his part, Torres called home composting “surprisingly easy” and encouraged residents to seize the opportunity of the classes. He noted that compost can be used both in the garden and vegetable patch.

Composting for young people

Staff specialist Javier Asensio announced plans to hold the course at the la Mola primary school – a model site, given that the school's own vegetable garden already serves as a lesson in home composting for la Mola kids. Asensio said that beyond the course itself, which will be both theory-based and hands-on, Amics de la Terra also envisions “phone-based support and a follow-up visit to each student's home” to make sure the compost bins are being used correctly.

All additional costs will be covered by the Council; so far this has meant a contribution of €3,000. Organisers hope to schedule a second version of the course before summer starts. Between this Saturday's course and a second one, the Council says some 50 residents can benefit. The course is included as part of the activities programme for the 15th Olimpíada Pagesa. Organisers thanked the Olimpíada's planning team for their support and the Trasmapi company for helping with travel costs.

Four Formentera pupils are finalists in Aqualia international drawing contest for children

Entrega premis aqualia EDIT 350x251Four chosen from among 8,500 participating pupils from different municipalities in Spain and Portugal where Aqualia provides service

Councillor of culture delivers awards

 

Maria Ferrer of Mestre Andreu primary school and Àlex Castelló, Carlos Wenham and Valentina Ferrer of Sant Ferran de Ses Roques, have been picked as finalists in the individual category of the Aqualia company’s Concurs Internacional de Dibuix Infantil. As a prize, CiF head of culture Susana Labrador presented each of the finalists a copy of the game El meu primer hort (‘my first vegetable garden’). The head of Aqualia’s municipal water service, Maria Del Mar Yern, was also present as prizes were handed out.

Councillor Labrador congratulated the pupils on their hard work and underscored the importance of “raising awareness among young people about using our resources wisely and not wasting”.

Mar Yern, for her part, applauded the participants’ creativity, saying she was “taken aback by the finalists’ ability to show us what their ideal worlds look like. They’ve given these places life, delivering water to people, animals and plants – just like Aqualia does every day”.

The competition, a nod to World Water Day, has the slogan “Omple el teu món de vida” (‘Fill your world with life’). Organisers say their goal is to “promote sustainability at the most local level”. Crucial to doing that, they say, “is a responsible use of natural resources like water”.

This year some 8,500 third and fourth year pupils from different Spanish and Portuguese municipalities in Aqualia's service area took park in the competition. The contest also served to promote new technologies and sustainable development, because children were encouraged to avoid using paper. The competition was organised on the microsite www.ompleelteumondevida.cat (www.llenatumundodevida.es), where participants could find hordes of illustrations to help them recreate their idea of a perfect world and then name it.

Now in its thirteenth year, the Concurs Internacional is an initiative to educate youth about the water cycle. Organisers hope to help young people see that, with a few simple steps, everyone can contribute to a more efficient use of this precious natural resource.

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Council of Entities rejects proposal to create "unloading spot", pledges perseverance

Consell entitats premsa EDIT 350x251The Council of Entities (Consell d'Entitats) met yesterday at 8 p.m. to discuss the proposal by the Balearic port authority (APB) to create an “unloading spot” for boats arriving in Eivissa from Formentera. Under the APB plan, Formentera boats would make an initial stop at an area of the port called el Martell before finally mooring at the commercial-use dock, the proposed site of the new Formentera port in Eivissa. Local group leaders present at last night's meeting likened the plan to a “bait-and-switch” because transport companies would be under no obligation to respect the el Martell stop. They also pointed out, among other disadvantages, that the unloading stop would lack necessary services and asserted that to accept the APB proposal would be tantamount to accepting an definitive move to the commercial dock.

Speaking after the meeting, CiF councillor of community involvement Sònia Cardona emphasised the unanimity of the Council of Entities' decision. She also announced the creation of a working group “to draft a document compiling the reasons the people of Formentera have rejected relocating the station and of an unloading spot”. In addition, the working group will create an action plan concerning the steps to be taken in Formentera. Councillor Cardona seized the opportunity to praise the people of Formentera on a process that ensures local involvement and gives a voice to residents.

Junta de Portaveus to consult local community leaders on port site

Junta portaveus 7 de març 2016The Formentera Council (CiF) Junta de Portaveus, a committee formed by spokespeople from each political party with Council representation, and Jaume Ferrer, president of the CiF, held a meeting to discuss the Balearic port authority (APB) and Ajuntament d'Eivissa-backed proposal to site the Formentera ferry station in the port of Vila.

The president described to Junta members the proposal transmitted to him by APB president Joan Gual de Torrella last Friday, which includes building “a stop in the northern tip of el Martell in the Eivissa port, where passengers will disembark”. The proposal then has boats continuing on to the commercial dock area of the port to dock.

President Ferrer conveyed the administration's doubts about the plan, which he noted provides for a passenger disembarkation in el Martell for Eivissa-bound boats from Formentera, but not the other way around. “One of the points that needs discussing is allowing passenger boarding to occur in that same area”, said Ferrer. He reminded Junta members that the current port authority plan lacks any such provision. The Junta has agreed to “wait for the meeting of the Council of Entities, this evening at half past seven”. Describing the goal for the gathering, the CiF president said attendees would “debate the issue with an eye to settling on a decision”.

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