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foto 2020 nou decret mobilitatPRESIDENTIAL DECREE ON FORMENTERA HIGHWAY TRANSPORT MEASURES AMID COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS

Yesterday, Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer signed a new mobility decree laying out the following reductions in public transport service:

1) Buses:

- Reduction of service to 66% of normal level; merging of L1 and L2 routes into a single line linking island’s major towns; service to port for townspeople and Hospital health workers at departure and arrival times of passenger ferries.

Updated times will begin Monday 6 April 2020 and remain in effect for the duration of the state of alarm. For pick-up along certain portions of route, riders must call 695 16 16 36 one hour prior to scheduled stop (or before 9.00pm for the first trip of the next day). No bus service on Saturday afternoons, Sundays or holidays.

2) Taxis:

- Reduction of service to 20% of normal level, bringing total number of operational taxis from 25 to 5. Service for arriving ferry passengers from Port de la Savina bus stop; other travellers must request service by calling 971 32 23 42. Taxi service shall determine shift rotation.

Measures established by preceding decrees remain in effect the present document notwithstanding. For example, hygiene and informational measures decreed by health authorities remain in effect in buses and taxis, and increased sanitising measures must focus on high-touch surfaces. Standing protective measures involve safety of public transport staff.

Two measures in particular bear repeating: buses must not exceed 33% capacity, and taxi passengers must not exceed one per vehicle, save for riders requiring assistance such as minors, the sick, individuals with reduced mobility or in cases with other valid motives. Taxi passengers must ride in the back seat, and multiple passengers must maintain one empty space between them.

Lastly, in an effort to reduce any non-essential movement of vehicles, blue and green zone metred parking remains suspended, as does enforcement of restrictions on overflow lot parking.


4 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

In bid to help most vulnerable, Consell to divert €200K of surplus to social welfare initiatives

The Formentera Tax Office reports that the local government will commit 20% of its 2019 surplus to help those made most vulnerable by the crisis in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are currently liquidating our 2019 budget and hope to be left with a million euros when we’re through”, explained tax office conseller Bartomeu Escandell. “Article 20 of the state of alarm decree gives local authorities the power to unlock 20% of their surplus. This means the Consell will be in the position to allocate roughly €200,000 to benefitting people and protecting our most at-risk groups”.

As Escandell pointed out, the Consell has already announced an extension on the payment deadlines of all municipal fees and taxes. The first of its kind, the urgent economic measure is meant to relieve the symptoms of the crisis among islanders and business owners.

The tax office chief asserted that “as long as the state of alarm remains in effect, not a single bill or collection notice will be issued by any of our temporarily closed-to-the-public services. That means the adult care facility, fitness centre, nurseries and music school, among others. We’ll also be reimbursing islanders who paid for 12 months of service and those who made advance payments”.

Escandell characterised the present situation as “volatile and ever changing”, adding that “having rolled out this first package of economic measures, our government must now progressively adopt more targeted actions so that relief makes its way to the sectors and people that need it, based on newly developing needs and the turns that things take”.

The final objective, he said, is to “soften the economic blow of this public health crisis on regular islanders, not to mention on the local tourism industry and business community”. “To do this successfully”, Escandell concluded, “and for the Consell’s response to be effective and appropriately tailored to Formentera’s unique case, we’ll need to keep our finger on the collective pulse and heed the words of local economic and social stakeholders”.


3 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera Local Police use drone to make sure islanders obeying rules of confinement

foto 2020 dron1Starting today, Formentera Local Police will rely on a drone to help enforce rules of confinement. Supplementing patrols already being carried out by law enforcement, the aircraft will be used to ensure islanders follow orders and stay in their homes, save for outings for activities specifically permitted under the state of alarm.

“Flights will focus on wide open spaces where ground surveillance is poses particular problems”, said interior conseller Josep Marí, “and if someone is found breaking the rules, officers will proceed to the scene to issue a ticket.”

It is hoped that the measure, which is the latest among a battery of controls already being deployed on island highways and roads, will deter islanders from disobeying confinement guidelines. The drone has a runtime of two hours and a camera with zoom capability. Random drone flights will continue until the state of alarm is lifted.

3 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell and Ibiza & Formentera Preservation take Sustainability Clinic to local students

plastic free aula sostenibilidad2The Formentera Department of Environment has teamed up with Ibiza & Formentera Preservation to launch an initiative called l’Aula de Sostenibilitat. The aim of the initiative, whose name translates roughly as “the Sustainability Clinic”, is to make educational materials about sustainability and environmental preservation more widely available.

“Initially we envisioned taking the project to island classrooms”, said environment conseller Antonio J Sanz. The ongoing public health crisis, however, meant that “as with arrangements to work or attend classes from home, we needed to tailor it to fit current needs”. “The Sustainability Clinic embodies these changes. We’re very excited about this project and see it as a very powerful tool.”

Also backing the initiative is the Eivissa-Formentera Education Office, which is collaborating to disseminate the clinic’s associated activities across schools on Formentera’s northerly neighbour. Various levels of the public administration can use the Sustainability Clinic.

Related educational materials can be downloaded using the Classroom tool. Plastic Free Eivissa & Formentera, Water Alliance, Ibiza Produce, Sustainability Observatory and Marine Forum all take part in producing content for the initiative, the goal of which is to touch on a range of different subjects whose common ground is the environment and the Balearic Islands. Content related to Plastic Free Eivissa & Formentera was produced with backing from Ferrovial.

Free to use and with versions in Catalan, Castilian Spanish and English, the material was conceived for use in a variety of subjects across primary and secondary education.

Resources are available in the following subjects:

· Climate change: ecosystems in the islands, biodiversity, geological attributes, climatology.
· Water: the water cycle, purification, reuse, pollution.
· Plastics and waste: plastic and bioplastics, how they affect the environment, the 3 R’s.
· Local produce: organic farming, other certified forms of agriculture, native produce and when it can be found, native species.
· The sea: posidonia, threatened species, marine reserves, water quality in swimming areas, polluting discharge, etc.
· Biodiversity: endemic flora and fauna, native species, invasive species, etc.

The material is potentially of interest to schools and teachers because it touches on a subject that students of a particular age are already familiar with and receptive to. Updates will typically occur on Mondays, although presentations may be uploaded more frequently.

Schools interested in using the educational material can get in touch by contacting the Google Classroom email auladesostenibilitat@gmail.com.


3 April 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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