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Formentera submits plans to implement Es Ca Marí sanitation grid with funding from ITS

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Formentera submits plans to implement Es Ca Marí sanitation grid with funding from ITS

The Consell de Formentera has answered a yearly call for proposals for Promoting Sustainable Tourism (Impuls del Turisme Sostenible) with plans to implement a sanitation grid in Ca Es Marí. According to Alejandra Ferrer, vice president and councillor of tourism, projects associated with the Sustainable Tourism Tax (Impost de Turisme Sostenible, ITS) are crucial for the island because they "create the possibility of special funding for projects like the Es Ca Marí sanitation grid. This is a very important request by area residents and will reduce our reliance on outfalls and move us towards the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely around clean water and sanitation".

This project will provide this nexus of tourism with a sewerage system in which waste water is treated at the local treatment plant and pulled from the irrigation pond to irrigate the island's fields and close the water cycle.

The works will cost an estimated €1.5 million, with the Consell de Formentera covering 16% (€250,000) and requesting that the remaining 84% (€1.25 million) be paid for with funding from the ITS. Plans will be carried out in three phases: winter 2022, winter 2023 and 2023-2024.

1. Phase "zero", currently planned for 2022: land acquisition (€250,000).
2. Phase one, currently planned for 2023: canals inside the town (€500,000).
3. Phase two, currently planned for 2024: pumps and remaining canals (€500,000).

The Consell de Formentera and Es Ca Marí Residents' Association have held several meetings in which both parties agreed on the primacy of a sewage system where waste water generated in Es Ca Marí can be sent to the island's water treatment plant to close the water cycle using the tertiary water irrigation pond to irrigate local fields.

Developing the "Planned execution of the municipal sewage network for Es Ca Marí settlement area (phase one)" project required a one-off modification of the Territorial Island Plan (Pla Territorial Insular, PTI), including a rezoning of the land in question.

Among the objectives of this and other ITS-funded projects are:

- Climate change mitigation and adaptation: replacing existing materials with more efficient and sustainable ones. The initiative will safeguard against leaks, clogging and rainwater permeability, and ensure that the general pump reaches, first, Formentera's waste water treatment plant, and second, the irrigation pond, where it can reused by the local primary sector.
- Sustainable blue economy, marine biodiversity and marine science: improving the quality of waste water and how it is used to reduce the amount of water leaving the outfall and protect marine biodiversity.
- Circular economy: under current plans, the local irrigation pond will be supplied with waste water, thus closing the water circle on Formentera, decreasing consumption of water from the desalination plant and reducing the amount of water entering the sea from outfalls. For this to be possible, water that reaches the irrigation pond must be high quality, and improving the irrigation pond will benefit the local primary sector as well as locally grown produce and locally made items.


8 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera unveils photographic treasure hunt and family-friendly tour of island's cultural and scenic heritage

The Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to present a photographic treasure hunt of local landmarks and a family gymkhana in which two fictional children's characters highlight part of the island's heritage and history. According to Alejandra Ferrer, Consell de Formentera vice-president and councillor of tourism, the initiatives are about "offering experiences to our visitors, whether they come alone, with friends or family". The two initiatives offer detailed information on featured monuments. The first encourages interested parties to participate by taking souvenir snapshots which can later be printed out at the Tourist Information Point in La Savina. The second offers participating families a book for the little ones.

Photographic treasure hunt
The treasure hunt covers ten points of cultural and scenic interest on Formentera. Each one is equipped with a special stand where visitors can place their mobile phones and take a souvenir selfie with an ideally framed shot. Photos can then be shared on social media by tagging Formentera Tourism @visitformentera. Sharing entitles participants to print two souvenir photographs free of charge at the Tourist Information Point of La Savina.

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"The initiative has the added benefit of promoting the island so that we get photographs on social media that show Formentera at its best", said Ferrer. The creative minds behind the initiative prepared for the project by studying the most suitable locations, including a panoramic view of La Savina port, Plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc, La Mola lighthouse and more.

Family gymkhana
With a parallel gymkhana made specially for families, two fictional children's characters, Trobi and Tana, lead participants on a tour of some of Formentera's heritage and history. The gymkhana spotlights ten points of interest, some of which coincide with those featured in the photo route. At each stop visitors will find a QR code that they can scan to learn about the featured landmark in question. Families that scan the QR code at six of the ten points can visit a Tourist Information Point and pick up their own copy of "Explore Formentera with Trobi" (Explora Formentera amb Trobi), in which Tana, a local lizard, shows visiting Trobi some of the island's charms.

Information on the two routes is available at Tourist Information Points, on the Formentera Office of Tourism website (www.formentera.es) and by scanning QR codes at photo stands.

Photographic treasure hunt: https://turs.photo/qr/formentera/?turs=frm01#section-blog
Family gymkhana: https://gymkhana-formentera.trobatea.com/inicio


6 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Blues, jazz and rock drive Formentera Guitars Festival in Sant Ferran

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that the thirteenth Formentera Guitars Festival will take place between 16 and 18 September. Organised by the Formentera Guitars association with the collaboration of the Consell de Formentera, the festival of blues, jazz and rock music has become an unmissable entry on the local summer calendar.

Musical activities start at 10.00pm on Friday 16 September in Sant Ferran's Plaça de l'Església, when scheduled performers will include Piolet Swing, Sgt. Pepe's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Los Peligrosos Gentlemen and The Raters. When the programme picks up at the same time the following day, performers include Maya Alexander Group, Cecilya, The Mighty Groovin's Stuff and Chris Lee. Finally, at 9.30pm on Sunday 18 September, the Sant Ferran restaurant Sa Panxa will host the festival's closing jam-session.

6 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Expanded bus service to La Mola market

The Consell de Formentera is adding trips to and from the La Mola craft market on Wednesdays and Sundays to encourage public transport use and in response to a request from the association of La Mola market artisans.

Extended evening service starts Sunday 21 August, with the last bus leaving La Mola at 10.20pm.

19 August 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera offers visitors 24-hour FAQ service via WhatsApp

The Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to announce that the WhatsApp-driven information service it offers to visitors in seven languages is now available 24 hours a day. Previously, this service was only available during office hours, but now, thanks to a computerised system of frequently asked questions, information can be provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Individuals who wish to be attended by a person may contact the service Monday to Friday 8.00am to 3.00pm (except holidays).

Alejandra Ferrer, vice-president and councillor of tourism, said, "This is the 21st century, and we are committed to these communication tools that are so widespread among the population". She explained, "The goal is to reach and serve as many visitors as possible and offer them information that makes their stay on the island more satisfactory. It also means we can publicise year-round activities that don't revolve around the sun and the beach".

The service can be reached at 607 111 716, and further information can be found on the Consell de Formentera website and at tourist information points. Today, five years after Formentera unveiled its free WhatsApp-powered questions hotline, a wide array of information is available, including details on cultural events, the opening hours of heritage sites, conditions at beaches and more. The service is offered in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and Dutch. Telephone calls are not answered.


9 August 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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