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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

Formentera’s “Lil’ Recyclers” record 3,457kg haul

foto 2021 ecovidrio2The Formentera Department of Environment is pleased to report that local schoolchildren collected a grand total of 3,457kg of recyclable glass waste as part of ‘Los Peque Recicladores’ (Lil’ Recyclers), an educational push promoted in association with Ecovidrio. Environment chief Antonio J. Sanz said the initiative was about “educating schoolchildren on the importance of recycling glass containers” and claimed it had been successful in terms of both the volume of glass recycled and the number of pupils who participated.

Roughly 614 six to twelve year olds from the island’s four primary schools took part in the initiative, which ran from 19 April to 31 May. The winning school, CEIP Virgen Milagrosa, will get a €500 gift card.

The campaign included a competition which pitted local schoolchildren against each other to see who could recycle the most glass containers.

To help participants reach their goal, each school received a green container emblazoned with ‘Lil’ Recyclers’ graphics and personalised with the school name. The school that collected the most glass per was pupil got the €500 prize.

28 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera joins push to save sea turtles

cartell 2021 tortuga CAAs the planet celebrates World Sea Turtle Day, the Formentera Department of Environment is pleased to add its name to “Tortuges en el Mediterrani” (Tortoises in the Mediterranean), a campaign by the València Oceanogràfic that will see informational material go up in Consell de Formentera display cases and assorted locations across the island.

Environment chief Antonio J. Sanz explained that campaigners across much of Spain’s eastern coast have set out to teach tourists and residents about the importance of caring for the turtle known by scientists as Caretta caretta. He tied local government’s renewed support for “Turtles in the Mediterranean” by pointing up the loggerhead’s “essential role in the marine ecosystem”.

More than 55 municipalities in València, Murcia and the Balearic Islands have also publicised the initiative.

16 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Environment Week participants clear 350kg of litter

foto 2021 que celesteWhen the Consell de Formentera’s first-ever celebration of Environment Week came to a close on 12 June amid underwater cleanups and children’s workshops in can Marroig, organisers celebrated the total haul from the week’s volunteer activities: 350kg in reclaimed rubbish. Plastic Free and Qué Celeste! teamed up at the start of the week to remove nearly 100kg from cala en Baster, and Formentera Divers and Vellmarí joined forces one week later to remove 250kg of plastics, cans, bottles and more from spots like s’Espalmador, ses Illetes, Racó de s’Oli and can Marroig.

The Environment Week programme included two days of fully booked ornithological excursions, Clean Wave clinics for kids and a ses Salines reserve-organised talk on turtles.

Environment chief Antonio J. Sanz praised the groups and businesses who took part in the week, describing them as “instrumental to conveying our message that protecting and caring for the environment can be fun”. He hailed high turnout at the activities, which were all free of charge, and told islanders to get ready for Environment Week 2022.

14 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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