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Within town limits, speed limit on Avinguda de la Mola goes from 40 to 30km/hour

The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that from next week, as part of the island’s Sustainable Mobility Strategy adopted last year, the speed limit in the centre of town along Avinguda de la Mola will be lowered ten kilometres per hour (km/h) to thirty km/h.

Tracing the change to a call from the El Pilar Residents’ Association, which had advocated “a significant reduction of the vehicle speed limit” on the town’s main arterial, mobility conseller Rafael González confided that the measure was already envisioned in the Mobility Strategy. He additionally indicated that the more restrictive limit would be accompanied by randomised speed traps set up by Formentera Local Police and enforced by means of a mobile radar unit.

“Our hope is that we’ll see drivers hitting the brakes substantially”, said González, who noted that traffic on the road typically spikes on market days.

30 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

22-23 August, Formentera Jazz Festival goes virtual, taking performances and connections to social media

cartell 2020 FJF 2The Formentera Department of Culture reports that this year’s Formentera Jazz festival will be held online 22 and 23 August with a pioneering social media-driven offering of live concerts and connections.

Culture chief Susana Labrador said covid-19 behind the pivot from physical to virtual festival: “We’ve swapped the face-to-face formula for something even more innovative which offers health safeguards while remaining true to the festival’s spirit and showcasing Formentera’s natural spaces”. The consellera tied the move to “uncertainty surrounding present circumstances, particularly since most of our participating musicians were to be coming from off the island”.

The new programme features an array of ‘Connexions amb l’Illa’—performances broadcast from distinct corners of the island (cave, lighthouse, boat...) in such a way as to highlight the surrounding natural setting. Other artists like Federico Nathan, Valmuz, Pere Navarro and Yadira Ferrer plan to share select audiovisual content in a series of online mini-concerts under the hashtag #FJF2020.

There will also be virtual cleanup where people can learn more about Plastic Free Formentera’s efforts to take aim at microplastics: organisers will encourage participants to film themselves wherever they are picking up trash and microplastics and to post the videos on social media with the hashtag #RecogidaFJF2020.

Follow the festival on social media:

Facebook: formenterajazzfestival
Instagram: formenterajazzfestival
Web: formenterajazzfestival.com
Hashtags: #FJF2020 #FormenteraJazz20 #FJF6

30 July 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

Consell joins SOS Patrimoni push to help pinpoint and protect underwater archaeological heritage

foto 2020 SOS PatrimonioThe Formentera Department of Patrimony reports that Formentera has added its name to an initiative promoting efforts to locate, document and safeguard underwater artefacts of archaeological heritage. Accordingly, informational material has been printed in a bid to spotlight features of such fragile cultural legacy, the pillaging it has long been subject to, and the need for local collaboration in enhancing what we know about these repositories of our shared history and steps to protect them.

Patrimony consellera Raquel Guasch noted that the campaign, known as SOS Patrimoni, was mainly intended for dive centres, fishermen and other groups whose connection to the sea means they are more likely to know where submerged archaeological artefacts lie or to stumble upon them over the course of their work.

“Leave items where you find them”
The patrimony chief emphasised the importance of leaving artefacts where they are found: “For archaeologists, crucial historical insight is lost when objects are taken out of their context. Preservation is moreover rendered extremely difficult when objects are removed from the water”.

Because questions of cultural heritage fall within the remit of local island authorities, individuals who come across underwater archaeological artefacts are asked to contact the Consell de Formentera by calling 971 32 12 75 or by emailing patrimoni@conselldeformentera.cat.

Architects of the current campaign have kept the look and objectives of previous SOS Patrimoni iterations that were overseen by other government institutions and centres such as the Catalonia Centre for Subaquatic Archaeology, the National Museum of Subaquatic Archaeology and the Consell Insular de Mallorca.

The island’s adhesion to the campaign is linked to the plan to prepare a map of undersea archaeological features, a project that was launched in 2015 by the Balearic Institute of Studies in Maritime Archaeology and one which is due to conclude after its most recent initiative.

29 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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