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At FITUR, Formentera touts qualities as ‘safe and sustainable’ destination

From 19 to 23 May, local representatives will attend Madrid’s FITUR 2021, an international travel expo where Formentera will maintain its own space at a stand shared by the Balearic Islands. In addition to protocols designed to keep the island as safe a destination as possible, reps will be touting the plethora of outdoor activities and opportunities to enjoy the island safely, said marketing chief Carlos Bernús, “and we’ll also be presenting all the initiatives we’ve been working on for some time now to make Formentera sustainable”.

The three central days of FITUR will find the island’s team meeting with an array of interlocutors, some from niche travel magazines, apps seeking to improve visitor experience, PR agencies and tour operators. “In a year made particularly difficult by the Covid crisis, as ever, we’re thinking of new promotional activities and strengthening our strategy to attract visitors”, asserted Bernús.

Spotlight on Formentera
Thursday 20 May, Alejandra Ferrer will offer a presentation entitled “Formentera: safe and sustainable”. Beyond collaborative efforts by local government, industry and islanders to make Formentera safer in terms of public health, the Consell de Formentera chief will also talk about more longstanding sustainability-centred projects like formentera.eco, Save Posidonia Project and other new initiatives. She’ll also underscore brand-new events for families, such as Formentera Astronómica and the retooled Formentera Zen, both star features of local reps’ spiel for FITUR crowds.

The spokespeople will additionally take part in two round tables, one on sustainable destinations, and the other about the origins and ins and outs of the Formentera Data Observatory.

16 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Paleoformentera’s unprecented look at island’s first settlers and the history of the Formentera landscape

foto 2021 paleo CThe Formentera Department of Heritage is pleased to announce that the winners of local government’s 2020 research grant —Dr. Pau Sureda, postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Heritage Sciences (INCIPIT-CSIC), and Dr. Jordi Revelles, postdoctoral researcher at the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES-CERCA)— started work this week on ‘Paleoformentera—History of the landscape and management of plant resources Formentera’s first settlers’. Sureda and Revelles have set out obtaining sedimentary sequences in order to piece together the environmental and climatic history of Estany Pudent and Estany des Peix.

Pioneering research in Pine Islands
The unprecedented effort has seen geologists from the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE-CSIC) partnering with colleagues from the Centre for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT). “In the coming months samples will be processed and studies will aim to reconstruct the history of vegetation, fires and climatic fluctuations over the last millennia”, said Sureda, asserting the data would offer “key insight into natural dynamics and prehistoric populations’ relationship with the island environment”.

Funding increase
FDH chief Raquel Guasch welcomed the news: “The study will shed light on the history of our island, and help us better understand the footprint of Formentera’s natural heritage”. At €8,500, the 2020 grant constitutes a €2,500 increase on previous years’ amount. Guasch insisted the change was crucial given the importance of the proposed study. Six applications were received in 2020, two more than 2019.

Paleoformentera received additional support from Trasmapi.

15 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Civic group coordinating body turns over documentary holdings to municipal archives

foto 2021 donacio AThe Consell de Formentera received yesterday the entire documentary collection of the Formentera Civic Group Coordinator (Coordinadora de Entidades Cívicas de Formentera, CECF), a citizens’ platform formed in 1987 to mobilise opposition around plans for a major hotel complex in Punta de sa Pedrera and campgrounds near Es Ca Marí.

Consell premiere Alejandra Ferrer and heritage chief Raquel Guasch were present as the donation was made official, with Pep Mayans, Xicu Ferrer, Isidor Torres and Andreu Ferrer on hand to represent CECF.

Among the holdings are CECF’s minutes and statutes, writings and communiqués, press clippings about the campsite and hotel complex and a video about the campsite. And then there are the petitions: to protest construction of the campsite, to push for reduced fares on ferries to and from Eivissa, and to defend local decision-makers who faced court challenges in connection with their opposition to the planned construction. Offered in the name of the people of Formentera, the donation includes a gold medal, diploma and three photographs from the award ceremony that was held on the island’s first yearly celebration, the Diada de Formentera.

According to Xicu Ferrer, who, together with President Ferrer, supplied his signature to make the donation official, “Now that the CECF is no longer operative, these documents belong to Formentera’s catalogue of local heritage”.

Alejandra Ferrer called CECF’s work in the 1980s and 1990s “essential to defending our values and a model that set the tone for future generations”. In a show of respect and gratitude, the Consell offered the CECF its gold medal award on the occasion of the first-ever Diada de Formentera.

‘More visible and closer to islanders’
Raquel Guasch applauded the donations: “Although recent, these items form part of our history and heritage, and stand as important reminders of the island’s political gumption”.

The holdings will now be incorporated into the municipal archives. “Efforts are in full swing to further define the shape and content of the Arxiu de Formentera, and make it more visible and bring it closer to islanders”, Guasch said.


14 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Maribel Escandell’s “Atles Metafísic” opens Monday

cartell 2021 atlesThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that Monday 17 May marks the opening of Atles Metafísic. From the creative mind of Formentera’s own Maribel Escandell, the exhibition is a visual journey emanating from reflections on all that lies beyond our understanding and occupies the deepest layers of our existence. Escandell affirms the project was borne of the need to observe man’s relationship with the Universe.

The display comprises some twenty variously-sized pieces of acrylic on canvas. Language is an important part of the creative process of the artist, who also exhibits several poetic objects she considers conceptually essential.

Atles Metafísic can be seen at “Ajuntament Vell” exhibition space 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Monday to Saturday (18-29 May 2021, Monday mornings closed). An opening will be held at 6.00pm on Monday 17 May.

14 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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