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Islanders at Day Centre help combat underage drinking

foto 2021 centre dia no t ofeguisA group of individuals receiving care at the Formentera Day Centre donned T-shirts emblazoned with the message ‘Don’t drown in alcohol’ to help drive home the importance of preventing alcohol consumption among underage islanders. The push is backed by the Formentera Office of Social Welfare and aims to delay the start of alcohol consumption among islanders, or prevent it outright, as well as combat the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages. ‘Don’t drown in alcohol’ launched last May and will continue this winter with new awareness-building actions. To achieve the initiative’s objectives and educate young people and business owners about putting a stop to underage drinking, additional collaboration has come from other areas of the island’s government, law enforcement, businesses, SMEs, schools, local families and sports clubs.

9 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Smart sustainability drives 4th Save Posidonia Project Forum, 24—25 September

cartell 2021 forum SPP aIn press conference today, Consell de Formentera president and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer offered early details about the fourth Save Posidonia Project Forum, due to unfold on the island 24 and 25 September, as well as a new promotional and educational push dubbed ‘Let's keep our big secret' (Conservem el nostre gran secret). According to Ferrer, the 2021 forum, focused on reactivating tourism and protecting Formentera through smart sustainability, is “a space for showcasing ideas and exchanging experiences”. And she highlighted an aim shared by those taking part in SPP Forum: “To help Formentera down a path toward sustainability during a difficult year and amid ever growing strain on the island”.

At the presentation President Ferrer spoke about SPP Forum’s origins, describing the original driving impulse as protecting natural resources like Posidonia oceanica seagrass. But she emphasised the need to keep the initiative relevant, and applauded the individuals and businesses who have paid to sponsor over 250,000 m2 of posidonia since SPP Forum’s 2017 début.

New campaign
Designed by communications firm Viernes and backed by the Formentera Office of Tourism, ‘Let’s keep our big secret’ marks an attempt to educate around the key role of posidonia seagrass and why protecting it is so crucial. The campaign spotlights an inter-generational selection of islanders who share messages like preserving the air-purifying seagrass by not anchoring watercraft directly on top of it and by fishing responsibly.

Donations received since 2019 have enabled the Formentera Office of Environment to fund and coordinate ‘Antroposi’ —a project stewarded by the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA)— as well as an environmental diagnostic study of moorage on Formentera's coastline by the local environmental campaigners at GEN-GOB. With €90,000 in funding, the two projects were completed and presented to the public this year. The most recent call for proposals saw honours go to the University of the Balearic Islands for ImPeFora — a €112,000 analysis of the impact of emerging pollutants on posidonia.

Apart from numerous international experts in sustainability technology who are scheduled to contribute as speakers, in attendance at this year’s SPP Forum will be fifty journalists from a wide range of countries — “which should help to give voice to our secret and raise awareness about the importance of territorial preservation”, said President Ferrer.

Save Posidonia Project Forum

- Friday 24 September:
The first day will be divided into three segments. First up is a welcome address and opening remarks in which President Ferrer will lay out a roadmap for the year ahead and highlight findings from fieldwork completed during the Posidonia Mediterranean Network event which immediately preceded SPP Forum.

The second segment, ‘Smart sustainability: protecting Posidonia’, combines working groups and talks where experts address the present, future, new innovative models of ecological sustainability and success stories pairing technology with sustainability.

That same afternoon, the third segment, ‘Carbon Neutral Islands’, addresses local emissions and possible solutions, and concludes with a round-table dedicated to the leaders of the future of sustainable tourism and the closing event.

- Saturday 25 September:
Volunteer activities form the basis of day two: a cleanup of S'Estufador beach (9.30am) and guided visit of posidonia meadows, including boat trip, environmental explanations and diving activity.

The complete SPP Forum programme is available here.

8 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera School of Music and Dance to start 2021-22 with 200-plus students

The Formentera Office of Education is pleased to report that the Formentera School of Music and Dance (Escola de Música i Dansa de Formentera, EMDF) will start the school year 4 October with over 200 students enrolled, taking steps to ensure the smooth course of classes by enforcing Covid-19 constraints and preventive measures.

The 2021/22 school year will feature returning beginners’ workshops on music (for five and six year olds) and dance (for three to six year olds). The school’s officially accredited courses in music and dance filled up during June enrolment, so this September, exceptionally, no additional enrolment or wait-lists will be used.

“This year is especially exciting because it’s our chance to catch up with audiences and residents”, asserted Susana Labrador. Formentera’s education chief told islanders to watch for performances celebrating Santa Cecilia, Christmas and International Dance Day with the greatest possible normality.

Students, teachers and families will meet the new administrative team and instructors from 27 September, with the return to classrooms scheduled for 4 October.

8 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera residents have till 20 Sept. to register for half-marathon

Athletes who reside on the island and wish to take part in the twelfth Formentera Half Marathon or ninth Sant Ferran-to-La Savina Fun Run have until midnight on Monday 20 September to sign up. The events will take place 9 October and are organised by the Consell de Formentera and Unisport Consulting.

Interested parties should send an email to info@unisportconsulting.com and include their given/family name, a copy of government-issued ID and proof of residence on Formentera. Runners should also note whether they intend to take part in the 21K or 8K race.

7 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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