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El Consell i l’IBEAM inicien l’estudi d’un vaixell romà del segle IV dC enfonsat en aigües de Formentera

foto 2021 ibeamEl Consell de Formentera, a través de l’àrea de Patrimoni, i l’Institut Balear d’Estudis en Arqueologia Marítima (IBEAM) han començat una campanya destinada a estudiar en detall les restes d’època romana (segle IV dC) submergides a 77 metres de profunditat.

Els objectius d’aquesta campanya se centraran en l’estudi del carregament que encara es conserva al jaciment, a través d’un model digital del terreny en 3D i de l’estudi dels materials extrets el 2006 i que es troben dipositats al Museu Arqueològic d’Eivissa i Formentera. Aquest derelicte va ser declarat Bé d’Interès Cultural l’any 2007.

La consellera de Patrimoni, Raquel Guasch, ha destacat “l’interès del Consell a investigar i protegir el patrimoni històric subaquàtic de Formentera”, i ha avançat que aquesta tasca suposa “el punt d’inici d’un projecte d’una durada de quatre anys (2022-2025) que estarà dedicat a estudiar els derelictes submergits a mitja profunditat al llarg de la costa de Formentera”.

Renovació del conveni amb l’IBEAM

Així, el Consell ha renovat el conveni amb l’IBEAM per continuar treballant en la investigació, protecció i difusió del patrimoni arqueològic subaquàtic de Formentera que tendrà, a més, l’objectiu de localitzar aquestes restes arqueològiques i explorar noves metodologies d’estudi que permetin extreure el màxim volum d’informació d’aquestes troballes.

La campanya, que s’ha iniciat aquesta setmana i es perllongarà fins a finals de mes, està dirigida per dos arqueòlegs de l’IBEAM, el dr. Enrique Aragón Núñez i Javier Rodríguez Pandozi, que dirigeixen des de 2014 el projecte d’elaboració de la Carta Arqueològica Subaquàtica de l’illa de Formentera. A més, comptarà amb la col·laboració del doctor Alejandro Quevedo, especialista de cultura material romana procedent de la Universitat de Múrcia, autor de mig centenar publicacions i que ha treballat en centres d’excel·lència internacional. Aquest projecte comptarà també amb la participació del fotògraf Jordi Chias, professional de gran renom en l’àmbit internacional que participa en alguns dels projectes més capdavanters de conservació marina, com el Projecte Gombessa, i de Joseba Alberdi, bussejador tècnic i personal docent de CIFP Blas de Lezo, que actuarà com a cap d’equip de busseig.


25 de setembre de 2021
Àrea de Comunicació
Consell de Formentera

4th Save Posidonia Project Forum

foto 2021 SPP forumDConsell de Formentera President and Councillor of Tourism Alejandra Ferrer welcomed attendees of the fourth Save Posidonia Project Forum today in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). The first portion of the day found Ferrer highlighting conclusions reached by working groups that were held yesterday with representatives of the business sector, members of the public, NGOs and experts to discuss the current state of affairs and prepare a roadmap for the course ahead.

Participants in yesterday’s discussions were charged with identifying the most pressing needs on Formentera. Ferrer relayed the most salient points raised, including “regulating anchoring ships to avoid the associated strain generated both at Ses Salines reserve and across the island; regulating and reducing ferry connections between Eivissa and Formentera; determining Formentera’s carrying capacity on land and at sea alike”. The President also emphasised the importance of “global policies, because other territories’ growth-related decisions have knock-on effects on our coastline, which is saturated”. “Formentera’s sustainability strategies are decided with the help of the entire island, but we must go further and involve the entire Mediterranean protecting posidonia and all natural resources”, she concluded.

In his remarks, Councillor of Environment Antonio J. Sanz highlighted the SPP Forum’s growth since its inception in 2017. “It’s an event that connects tourism and the environment”, he remarked, describing the mission as “educating people about a resource which, as biologist Manu San Félix once reminded us, gives us the oxygen we breathe on Formentera”. “In posidonia we have our lungs”, stressed Sanz, who listed the projects that have been financed through the sponsorship of seagrass meadows. He also told attendees that the University of the Balearic Islands' ImPeFora project, which will analyse the effects of microbeads on posidonia, won the latest Save Posidonia Project call for proposals, along with a €112,000 grant.

The second block of the Forum is focused on ‘Smart sustainability: conserving posidonia’. It will feature working tables and talks in which experts discuss the present and future, the development of new innovative models in environmental sustainability and success stories of technology-driven sustainability.

For the third and final block in the afternoon, discussion will turn on local emissions and possible solutions, and the event will close with a round table on the leaders of the future of sustainable tourism and the closing ceremony, once again led by President Ferrer.

Saturday, 25 September

The SPP Forum also comes with opportunities for volunteers, like a 9.30am clean-up of S'Estufador beach organised in association with Plastic Free Formentera and Qué Celeste. A bus will depart from Sa Senieta car park in Sant Francesc at 9.00am.

At 12.30pm, a visit to posidonia meadows will include a boat trip, explanation of the ecosystem inhabited by posidonia and a diving activity overseen by a guide.

The full SPP Forum programme is available here.

24 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Call for volunteers at Formentera Half Marathon

cartell 2021 voluntaries mitja maratoThe Formentera Office of Sport encourages islanders to come help out at the Formentera Half Marathon on 9 October. The race will be held Saturday afternoon and volunteers will man aid stations, hand out medals and provide assistance at the finish line. Interested parties can sign up at the Antoni Blanc Sports Centre between 8.00am and 9.30pm.

24 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Joan Marí Cardona lecture series returns 1–7 Oct.

cartell 2021 jornades estudis locals JMC The Formentera Office of Heritage is pleased to report that from 1 to 7 October, the Joan Marí Cardona Local Studies Lecture Series will celebrate its tenth year. Lectures start at 8.15pm in the conference hall of the Formentera Day Centre. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

Heritage councillor Raquel Guasch, who pointed out that last year’s event was called off due to the pandemic, welcomed the chance to host the series anew, and promised research-minded attendees they were in for a treat: “These talks encompass a wide range of fields and highlight comprehensive and fascinating content that brings us closer to the history of Formentera”.
 
Guasch said that 2021 has already seen the release of two issues of the review Formentera which spotlight talks from 2015 and 2016, and plans are in place for others still to come, including a special publication with articles from the talks that were called off in 2020.

The 2021 programme:
- Friday 1 October: Protección, conservación y difusión de la arquitectura vernácula (Protection, conservation and dissemination of local architecture). With Camila Mileto and Fernando Vegas, doctors of architecture and professors at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
- Monday 4 Oct.: Ús de sòl rústic de Formentera (Rural land use on Formentera). With Vicent Prats Ramon, senior technician of spatial planning at the Consell d’Eivissa.
- Tuesday 5 Oct.: Malalties i epidèmies de les Pitiüses (Diseases and epidemics in the Pine Islands). With Fanny Tur, historian and archivist at the Ajuntament d’Eivissa.
- Wednesday 6 Oct.: Les plantes per a la salut (Plants and wellness). With Josep Colonques Garrido, acupuncturist, naturist, communicator and author of numerous publications on natural health.
- Thursday 7 Oct.: Repressió institucional franquista a Formentera: la Causa General (Institutional repression under Franco on Formentera: the General Cause). With Francisca Riera Escandell, historian.

The Teachers’ Resource Centre (Centre de Professorat de Formentera, CPF) has included the lecture series in its professional development catalogue so the Balearic Ministry of Education will validate associated credits.

24 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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