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Consell and Plastic Free Formentera rally participants ahead of Saturday’s World Cleanup Day

The Consell de Formentera is urging islanders taking part in World Cleanup Day 2020 on Saturday 19 September to opt for “micro-cleanups” that can be done individually or in groups of ten or under.

Organisers are reminding participants to heed Covid-19 recommendations such as wearing masks and gloves, social-distancing and limiting the group size of their cleanup endeavour.

The day starts at 9.00am and finishes eight hours later. Bags of litter should be disposed of at nearby waste containers. Bags and gloves are available at the Department of Environment, or Àrea de Medi Ambient, at number 15 on Carrer Mallorca in Sant Ferran, and the office is open Monday–Friday, 9.00am–2.00pm.

Cigarettes, fabric and wood and the like should be placed in standard rubbish bins. Participants who are eager to keep track of how much they’ve picked up can note the number and size of units filled (“three 10L bins” or “two 30L sacks”, for example) and include the information in an email to globalchangeibiza@gmail.com.

Details about cleanup efforts can also be shared on social media with the hashtags #worldcleanupday, #plasticfreeformentera and #formenteraillaneta.

Organisers of WCD 2020 are also highlighting the importance of virtually and digitally tidying up their electronic devices. Internet and the systems that support it represent approximately 3.7% of global greenhouse gas emissions, similar to the quantity produced by the air travel industry.

15 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera does legwork to remove sailboat aground on Llevant beach

foto 2020 velerThe Formentera Department of Environment reports that work began today to haul away a sailboat stranded on Platja de Llevant since August. The department has petitioned the harbour master’s office, coastal authority and nature reserve to oversee removal of the 14-metre vessel in a way that will minimise damage to nearby sand dunes.

Ruling out relaunching the ship after having confirmed its poor state and unseaworthiness, crews opted to drag it inland this morning and immobilise it to avert environmental damage amid this weekend’s forecasted strong winds. They will determine how to proceed once the storm passes.

The Consell prioritised a swift response and will act as an intermediary in the boat’s removal. Costs associated with the operation are to be paid by the ship’s owner.

28 August 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

Bins and urban areas cleaned and disinfected

foto 2020 neteja 1In recent days the Consell de Formentera cleaning brigade has led an emergency plan to thoroughly clean and disinfect rubbish containers in towns and high traffic spots like parks, pharmacy entrances, banks, benches and other street furniture. Furthermore, the Formentera Department of Environment reminds islanders that refuse must be disposed of in the appropriate bin (unwanted items can also be taken to the Deixalleria [household waste recycling centre]). The Deixalleria is open Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 1.30pm and Monday to Friday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

27 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera bids farewell to “Vidrio por Posidonia” with awards ceremony

foto 2020 vidre per posidonia 1Formentera chief of environment Antonio J Sanz attended the official wrap-up of Ecovidrio’s “Vidrio por Posidonia” (Glass for Posidonia) campaign today at Camí de sa Guia. On hand at the gathering were Roberto Fuentes, regional director of the non-profit entity in charge of recycling, Ecovidrio, along with the Eivissa environment conseller, the coordinator of the non-profit ecological group GEN-GOB’s harbours division, and other figures and representatives from groups and sports clubs honoured at the event.

The island governments of Formentera and Eivissa, in collaboration with the town councils of Eivissa, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Santa Eulària des Riu, Sant Joan and Sant Josep, introduced “Vidrio por Posidonia” in February in a bid to build awareness among football clubs about the importance of recycling discarded glass containers.

A month before its placement on standby amid emergency orders, the initiative saw the installation of two football-shaped containers on the two islands and “Vidrio por Posidonia” decorations on bins near sports club facilities as a reminder to athletes, trainers and their families to recycle glass waste correctly.

Awards ceremony
According to the Ecovidrio director, 7,000kg of glass containers were collected over the course of the campaign, with benefits going toward the prizes handed out as part of the day’s ceremony. GEN-GOB, which works to promote conservation of posidonia meadows in the Pine Islands, was awarded €1,000 for diving gear.

Cheques valued at €200 for sports gear were also delivered to the following clubs for companion initiatives: Penya Independent de Sant Joan (“Vidre al contenidor”); CD Ibiza Islas Pitiusas (“Pitiuso de cor”); SD Portmany (social media promotion of “Vidrio por Posidonia”); Rapid CF (“Pinta el teu escut i recicla l’ampolla”).

Local environment chief Antonio J Sanz applauded Ecovidrio’s work piloting the campaign, which was conceived to educate young people in sports clubs about how crucial it is to recycle glass—“one of the materials with the highest effective rate of recycling”, noted Sanz, “meaning the ecological protection afforded by glass recycling is paramount”. “Who better than our two islands understands the importance of safeguarding a crucial resource such as Posidonia oceanica?” he asked.

14 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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