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Land campaign to curb pine processionary removes nearly 5.5K nests in 2 weeks

foto 2022 processionariaThe Formentera Office of Environment (Conselleria de Medi Ambient, CMAF) is pleased to report that 24 January marked the start of a push to remove pine processionary nests. Two employees have been recruited to oversee the drive, which will involve 15 days of operations.

In the first two weeks 5,454 nests were removed by hand. Operations have centred on public, urban areas and, in particular, near the cemetery and hospital in Sant Francesc.

Initially €7,000 was set aside for the initiative, but the pest is now present across a considerably larger expanse of Formentera, making budget and timeline increases likely. Of 4,000 cartridges supplied by the Balearic Ministry of Environment and Territory, over 6,500 are expected to arrive in the next few days and will be used to destroy nests located on higher up branches. The Consell de Formentera relies on the invaluable help of local hunting clubs to destroy the nests.

Antoni Tur, Councillor of the Environment, welcomed the collaboration of "land owners near forests and other residents to locate and combat this pest". Tur pointed out that the CMAF provides information and material to individuals to remove processionary nests. Last year the Consell acquired two telescopic scissors to reach nests as high as six metres from the ground, and this year has acquired two more. Islanders can request to borrow the scissors at no cost by contacting the CMAF.

'No time to let our guard down'

Councillor Tur encouraged the Balearic Healthy Forests Service "not to lower their guard" in the effort to curb the pest and to continue with helicopter dustings of the kurstaki variety of Bacillus thuringiensis. "We are far from eliminating this pest, and we think it should be a priority for the Balearic government", said Tur.

For more information contact the CMAF at Carrer Mallorca, 15 (first floor), Sant Ferran de ses Roques, by calling 971 32 12 10 (ext. 1), or by email at mediambient@conselldeformentera.cat. The Healthy Forests Service web site is available here, by telephone at 971 17 66 66 or by e-mail at sanitatforestal@ caib.es.

7 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell Insular de Formentera

Presenting " Audioguías", an app connecting users to the island's maritime and fishing past

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A presentation was offered today about "Audioguías del Mar Formentera", a smart-phone app aimed at safeguarding Formentera's maritime and fishing history by spotlighting the importance of the environment, ecological values, Xarxa Natura 2000 cultural and historical heritage sites and the marine reserves of Formentera.

The initiative is stewarded by the Society for the Development of Coastal Communities (Soldecocos) and owes to collaboration from the Fundacion Biodiversidad and the Pleamar programme of Spain's Ministry of the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge. It is co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and supported by the Llotja de Conil Organisation of Artisan Fish Producers (OPP72), Formentera Fishermen's Guild, Gen-Gob, WWF-Spain and the Consell de Formentera.


Available as a download by searching for "Audioguías del Mar Formentera", the app provides details about various itineraries showcasing cultural, natural and maritime-fishing heritage. The itineraries are geo-referenced on a map which boasts historical photographs and audio descriptions enriched with the voices, memory and knowledge of artisanal fishermen, women of the sea, researchers, naturalists and other local figures. "Audioguías del Mar Cádiz" is part of the same project.

Francisco Sobrado, of Soldecocos, stressed that the initiative is about "putting the spotlight on good environmental practices and the ecological, socio-cultural and economic values of Formentera's environmental and ethnographic maritime-fishing heritage by engaging the island and our visitors in its promotion and preservation".

Councillor of Rural Affairs Josep Marí shared his satisfaction at seeing the launch of "so comprehensive a showcase for traditional Formentera culture", a feature Mari said owed to contributions from the local fishing sector. The app is available in Catalan, Spanish, English and Italian, and will be promoted across tourist information channels to reach the island's visitors as well.

Plaques with a QR code linking to the download have been placed in an array of locations around the island to ensure islanders can learn about the app. Iván Pérez Marí, Chief Skipper of Formentera Fishermen's Guild, said he was "glad to see developmment of an initiative that recognises the work, tradition and heritage that fishing represents". Also on hand at the gathering were Vice President and Councillor of Tourism Alejandra Ferrer, Councillor of Environment Antoni Tur, Gen-Gob's Marià Marí and via videoconference, José Luis García Varas, Head of WWF Spain's Marine Programme.


The overarching project seeks to develop a plan to disseminate fishing heritage and, to that end, includes "Paisatges i memòries del litoral" (Landscapes and memories of the coast), a documentary video following local fishermen who embody maritime lifestyles, maritime-coastal heritage and protected marine areas with a keen eye on the sites of Xarxa Natura 2000.

A free public screening of the documentary is scheduled today at 7.30pm in the assembly hall (sala d'actes) of the Consell. No reservations are required. All current public health protocol will be enforced. As part of the initiative, a documentary about Cádiz has been made as well.

Members of the local fishing industry were invited to a training session on the app to ensure it is the protagonists themselves, the fishermen, who drive the app's promotion.

See below for links to the audio-guides and documentaries.











19 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera 

Coastal cleanup at S'Estufador and Es Ram for European Week for Waste Prevention

This Saturday 20 November, the Formentera Office of Environment (Conselleria de Medi Ambient), Qué Celeste and Plastic Free Formentera will host a cleanup of the areas of S'Estufador and Es Ram for European Week for Waste Reduction. Participants are asked to gather at Plaça de l'Església de la Mola at 9.30am and are encouraged to wear good shoes, as they will be walking through a rocky area. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

17 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera's organics pickup programme nets nearly 300 t from mid- and large-size waste producers

foto 2021 compost CThe Formentera Office of Environment (Conselleria de Medi Ambient, CMA) reports it has concluded the annual period of organic waste pickup, which, this year, due to covid-19, began in June instead of May as in years past. The public health situation rendered pickup impossible in 2020. The 295,385 tonnes of organic matter collected will be made available to the local farmers' co-op to fertilise fields. The last push took place in 2019 and logged 704.1 t, compared to 541.8 t the previous year and 100 t in 2017.

Whether crockery, cutlery, plastic containers, paper film, hand wipe wrappers, tiles or kitchen utensils, between seven and ten per cent of the collected material, by weight, did not belong with organics and had to be removed by hand.

Roughly fifty hometown businesses joined the effort this year, with Environment Councillor Antoni J. Sanz conceding that, although participation in 2021 was lower than two years ago, when around 150 businesses took part, "it's crucial that island businesses large and small remain environmentally aware" and underscored the need to "work towards better waste management". Sanz also thanked businesses involved in the collection for their collaboration.

Sanz predicted the Consell-backed initiative would gain greater traction with entry into force of the island's new waste contract, which will provide for organics pickup at public streetside bins. The environment chief called it "one step closer" to achieving the objective enshrined in 2019 legislation on waste and contaminated soils, which states that recycled and/or reused material must account for half of total pickup volume.

Home composting course

The Consell de Formentera wishes to organise a course on home composting if demand exists among islanders. Interested parties should contanct the CMA by email at mediambient@conselldeformenetera.cat or by telephoning 971 321 210 ext. 1. The course will be programmed when quorum is reached.

28 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

New round of dustings to curb pine processionary

The Consell de Formentera reports that agents of the Balearic Ministry of Environment and Territory's Healthy Forests Service (Servei de Sanitat Forestal, SSF) are in La Mola today to start aerial application of a substance to curb numbers of pine processionary (Thaumetopoea pityocampa). The treatment was extended for the fifth consecutive year at the request of local government and will be applied to an area of approximately 1,600 hectares. SSF crews plan to make two passes of the product on non-consecutive days, with scheduling to depend on meteorological forecasts.

27 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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