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'Compra a Casa' delivers Christmas prize

foto 2023 compra a casaToday the Consell de Formentera and Pimef delivered the gift card that was raffled as part of "At Christmas, Buy Local" (Al Nadal, Compra a Casa). Ana Juan, president and commerce councillor of the Consell, presented the lucky winner, Gemma Pradas Ferrer, with a €500 gift card in the presence of Lidia Alvarez, Pimef manager.

Gemma Pradas has had the "Compra a Casa" card since 2018 and made her winning purchase at Muebles Carlos. She said that the prize money will come in handy for purchases she would like to make for her new home.

During the past year, "Compra a Casa" cards were used to make purchases of roughly €1.5 million in local stores. There are currently 3,118 card-holding islanders and 36 member businesses.

12 January 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera sees drop in red palm weevil plague affecting Formentera palms

The Office of Agriculture of the Consell de Formentera reminds islanders that the pruning of plants like palm trees which are susceptible to infestation by red palm weevils should be done in January and February. In recent years the lowest average temperatures have occurred during these months, and pruning at this time can curb the weevil's proliferation.

Josep Marí, rural affairs councillor, praised Formentera residents for their collaboration in this regard in recent years. In 2013 the first local palm trees were destroyed due to the red palm weevil. The peak came in 2015, when 117 affected palm trees were destroyed. "We've seen a downward trend since then", explained Marí. "In 2022 only four palm trees were destroyed, and this confirms that the pest's numbers are in decline."

Office of Agriculture authorisation
Before pruning palm trees, islanders should obtain permission from the Office of Agriculture (located in Centre Antoni Tur "Gabrielet"; open 9.00am to 2.00pm, Monday to Friday). Requests can also be fielded through the Virtual Citizen Information Office (Oficina Virtual d'Atenció a la Ciudadania, OVAC). These measures are designed to safeguard palm trees and ensure that waste at the island's transfer plant can be managed properly (islanders who have received authorisation may dispose of waste at the transfer plant free of charge).

When pruning plants that are susceptible to weevil infestation, prune dry leaves only. If green leaves must be removed, cuts should be small and pruning mastic or a phytosanitary product should be applied. Cuts should be clean, not ragged. Avoid brushing stipes or trunks of vulnerable plants. Shaving or shaping should only be done when necessary, not for ornamental purposes, and should be followed immediately by phytosanitary treatment. If red palm weevils are detected during pruning, inform the Office of Agriculture so the official action protocol can be implemented.

The red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus), a beetle that attacks palm trees, reduces and even stops its biological activity during cold temperatures.

12 January 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Artur Parron Guasch presents his book "El partit comunista a Eivissa i Formentera (1932-1979)"

The Office of Culture of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to report that from 7.30pm next Friday 20 January, the historians Artur Parron Guasch and Santi Colomar will offer a presentation of Parron's book El partit comunista a Eivissa i Formentera (1932-1979) at Marià Villangómez Library in Sant Francesc.

Parron traces the history of the communist party in the Pine Islands across several periods: the Second Spanish Republic, Spanish Civil War, Franco regime and early years of the Transition. The author, who is also the coordinator of Esquerra Unida d'Eivissa i Formentera, delves into the stories of the communists of Eivissa and Formentera in their struggle for democracy, with their victories and defeats.

Parron explains that gaps in the historical record of the fifties and sixties meant that writing the book was a fraught process: "In the middle of the dictatorship it was very difficult to document and date opposition activities on Eivissa and Formentera", he says, "so witnesses are one of the most important sources of information." The work is also a milestone in terms of the newspaper archives, Spanish Communist Party (PCE) records and other materials documented within.

Parron shows in El partit comunista... that "during the dictatorship, men and women of the PCE often constituted the humble, tenacious and only opposition to Franco's regime in the Pine Islands until the Transition, when the party's agitating, dialogue and ideological renunciations made it key to democratisation."

12 January 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera joins movement to support human rights by illuminating Mediterranean coast

This year the Consell de Formentera has joined Lighting Mediterranean Towers and Watchtowers for Human Rights (Encesa de Torres, Talaies i Talaiots pels Drets Humans) and plans to illuminate the towers of Es Cap de Barbaria and Punta Prima for several hours from 6.30pm, Saturday 14 January.

Ana Juan, president of the Consell, said that in recent years Formentera "has been witness to the drama engulfing the Mediterranean" and, by joining this initiative, "offers light to people who put their lives at risk because they seek a better life beyond the sea."

This initiative, which started on Mallorca, is now in its seventh year and will include points on each of the Balearic Islands and in Catalunya, Valencia, Murcia and Andalusia. Some thirty heritage sites will be illuminated on the Mediterranean Peninsula, as well as several in Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.

11 January 2023
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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