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200 traps to catch pine processionary butterflies

foto 2021 trampes BThe Consell de Formentera and Balearic Healthy Forests Service are pleased to make available to the public 200 traps to capture the pine processionary butterflies (Thaumetopoea pityocampa). Interested parties can request them at the Formentera Department of Environment at Carrer de Mallorca (15, Sant Ferran de Ses Roques) or by calling 971 32 12 10 (ext. 1).

The traps use pheromones to attract male butterflies and capture them, which in turn reduces the population of fertile males that can inseminate females. It is recommended they be installed in the first half of August, before the butterflies emerge from their chrysalises.

The insect was detected for the first time on Formentera in 2007 and was declared a plague in 2016. In recent years actions taken in an attempt to control the processionary have consisted in eliminating the bags which the caterpillars weave during the winter; capturing butterflies with traps; installing refuge boxes to encourage presence of chiroptera; aerial dustings and periodic ground treatment.

The pine processionary is a defoliating insect that feeds on the leaves of the native Balearic pine (Pinus halepensis). The insect does not itself kill the trees it defoliates, rather it leaves them more sensitive to drought or attack from scoliid insects which can eventually cause death.

Pine processionaries can also cause dermatological and allergic damage to people and animals as a result of the stinging hairs it has on the dorsal part of its abdomen. Balearic Healthy Forests Service remind the public that complete information is available on the website sanitatforestal.caib.es.

5 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Study tracing impact of microbeads on posidonia wins SPP’s €112K call for proposals

cartell 2021 sppThe Formentera Department of Environment and Formentera Office of Tourism are pleased to announce that ImPeFora, a research initiative sponsored by the University of the Balearic Islands, has been named winner of Save Posidonia Project. In 2021, the SPP’s budget totals €112,000.

Apart from studying the impact of emerging pollutants not perceptible to the naked eye like microbeads from cosmetics and cleaning products, ImPeFora researchers will also  look at larger plastics which have already begun breaking down and certain components of sun creams.

Environment chief Antonio J. Sanz called the UIB-backed project “a forward step for work on posidonia”. “As the researchers themselves have pointed out”, continued Sanz, “these emerging pollutants can be more harmful once they’ve penetrated directly into cell membranes”. Last October local decision-makers voted to make it harder to sell and use sun creams that are harmful to the marine environment, and urged regional and state governments to support and draft regulations to ban manufacture and marketing of such products.

A total of eleven projects were received in response to the second SPP call for proposals. In its first year, SPP unlocked funding for proposals from the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) and the Pine Islands Task Force for Nature-Balearic Ornithological Group and Defence of Nature (GEN-GOB).

A pioneering framework project in the Western Mediterranean, the Save Posidonia Project arose from the desire to promote sustainable tourism and fundraise specifically in support of Posidonia oceanica conservation.

29 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera encourages smarter consumption by linking municipal facilities to new energy portal

foto 2021 portal d energiaThe Formentera Department of Environment has unveiled a section on the Consell de Formentera website where islanders can get up-to-date details on the energy that is expended by municipal facilities and public lighting. FDE chief Antonio J Sanz described it as a “management and accounting tool to limit unnecessary consumption, cut costs and save energy in order to improve efficiency and make Formentera cleaner, greener and less polluted”.

“Not only does the new system let us monitor consumption and costs, we can also shape strategies for ongoing improvements and pinpoint ways to increase the energy efficiency of our facilities. It also helps us build awareness among facility users and islanders in general about what’s being done”, said the environment chief.

Energy consumption in figures
Over the last twelve months, municipal consumption has accounted for 2,967,673 kW of total energy use on the island, with public lighting making up over 18%. The total figure is comparable to the energy that is used by 494 households, and represents more than 565 tonnes of CO2 released into the atmosphere — a volume which would require 154 hectares of forest to be absorbed. Formentera recently came in seventh in a study of energy efficiency among ten similar municipalities. “There’s clearly room for improvement”, conceded Sanz, while asserting such calculus was “an exercise in transparency”, and served “to show us where we’re at, and what policies and strategies we need to be energy efficient”.

Energy-saving strategies
An array of FDE efforts in recent months have focussed on making the island more energy efficient. First, Formentera joined a host of other municipal authorities in signing a climate and energy pledge to hit the European Union’s greenhouse gas emission targets through improved efficiency and renewable sources. Crews are additionally checking electricity supply meters, readjusting energy levels in facilities to bring contracts in line with real consumption and monitoring existing solar installations and fuel costs.

Moreover, last November Formentera joined VPP4Island, a pioneering European initiative to integrate renewable systems and accelerate the transition to smart and green energy.

Formentera has also fitted public car parks with solar panel-equipped canopies and installed new photovoltaic generation systems at the football pitch and other municipal facilities.

Balearic Energy Systems is in charge of implementing the €12,710 energy-monitoring portal. Article 9 of a piece of 2019 legislation on climate change and energy transition requires that public administrations carry out or contract energy audits, with specific proposals for energy efficiency improvements, of buildings they occupy or own.

21 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Public consultation opens for floating pontoons and low-impact anchorage points at Estany des Peix

The Formentera Department of Environment is pleased to announce the beginning of a period of public consultation around plans to equip Estany des Peix with floating pontoons and low-impact anchorage points. Procurement proceeding rules mandate collection of comments during a 15-day period of public consultation, published from today in the Official Gazette of the Balearic Islands (BOIB).

Environment chief Antonio J. Sanz described the change as “another clear step toward regulation” and insisted the island’s government remained “committed to enacting a regulatory system during the current legislative term”.

The final plans are available on the BOIB website and at the FDE and Formentera Department of Inspection Services on Carrer Mallorca in Sant Ferran.

Tragsatec was contracted to prepare the final design set. The bid cost was €1,259,204.18. To execute the designs, the Consell de Formentera has a €652,154 subsidy with funds from the Sustainable Tourism Tax (ITS).

15 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera takes Green Flag challenge

The Formentera Department of Environment is pleased to report that this summer, one hundred local restaurants, cafes, pubs, seaside watering holes and outdoor hotel bars will take part in Ecovidrio’s Green Flag challenge — an initiative backed by Spain’s not-for-profit glass-recycling custodians in association with the Consell de Formentera.

The effort will see Formentera join 20 other Balearic municipalities as they attempt to move the needle on glass recycling. To make transport of the discarded glass easier, Ecovidrio is offering restaurant and hotel owners 23 bins. A special scoring system rates businesses’ commitment to recycling and sustainability and rewards increases in recycling.

9 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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