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This Saturday, cleanup of S'Estany des Peix marks World Cleanup Day 2021

In recognition of World Cleanup Day 2021, this Saturday 18 September, the Formentera Office of Environment (FOE), in association with Plastic Free and Que Celeste, will host a cleanup of S’Estany des Peix.

Participants are asked to meet at 10.00am in the Formentera Nautical Sports Centre (CENF) in La Savina. All necessary material will be provided by FOE.

World Cleanup Day is the world’s largest exercise in civic action, directly involving more than 180 countries in tackling the global waste crisis. Organisers highlight WCD’s strong and one-of-a-kind network of stakeholders who share the vision of a waste-free world and believe that together we can clean the world of rubbish.

15 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Eivissa and Formentera present Feminist Classrooms

Under the banner “The empowerment of women. Objective: equality. History and challenges ahead in the feminist agenda”, the islands of Eivissa and Formentera will host Feminist Classrooms (Aules Feministes) from 16 to 18 September 2021.

Particularly note-worthy is a lecture this Friday, held on Formentera.

When: 5.00pm–7.15pm
Where: Insotel Hotel Playa

Welcoming remarks will be made by Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer. The evening’s presenter will be local equality chief Vanessa Parellada. The event will include be two presentations and a discussion.

Focus: “The legal evolution of women in the context of the family”
Altamira Gonzalo Valgañón, family law specialist; vice-president of Themis.

Focus: “How pornography conditions the sex lives of young women and men”
Rosa Cobo Bedía, professor of Sociology and Gender at the University of La Coruña, president of the International Academic Network for the Study of Prostitution and Pornography
Presenter: Susana Ortega Merino

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The talks will be streamed by Can Ventosa’s Espai Cultural (Cultural Space) and the YouTube channel of the Institut Balear de la Dona (IBdona). In-person attendees can register here.

Last year’s launch of the Feminist Classrooms coincided with the 20th anniversary of the founding of IBdona, the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action and the 40th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The initiative continues in 2021, celebrating a new milestone: five years since passage of Spanish legislation enshrining equality between women and men.

The Feminist Classrooms are a space for learning and reflection which organisers hope will give way to new initiatives that not only reinforce equality, but also offer tools to reshape the social, economic and cultural structures which, over time, have been a glass ceiling and a sticky floor for female potential.

See the graphic below for details about more lectures scheduled 16–18 September on Eivissa.

15 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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September concerts at CDP

foto 2021 CDP concert setembreBAt 8.00pm this Thursday 16 September, La Mola’s Casa del Poble (CDP) will host an evening of “songs of the sea” courtesy of PILAR MENA & ROSSI MUSIC.

15 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Island issues progress report on formentera.eco as push to count and cap vehicles crowns year-3

foto 2021 balanc formen ecoThe Formentera Office of Mobility reports that 7 September marked just over three years since local government’s introduction of a ceiling on the vehicles which can be brought or driven on the island in summer. In 2021 implementation of the initiative was extended by two weeks to include the last week in June and the first in September.

Data compiled by the Consell de Formentera indicate that, on any given day during the 76-day enforcement period (24 June to 7 September), an average of 17,963 vehicles were authorised to be parked or operated on local roads. However, factoring for July and August alone (the regulatory period observed prior to 2021), the average was 18,138, or 4.4% lower than the 2020 average (18,969).

In month-to-month terms, an average of 16,170 vehicles were authorised to be parked or driven on the island in June. The average in July was 17,578 (down from 18,322 the previous year) and in August it was 18,697 (down from 19,616). The average number of cars on the road in September 2021 was 18,201.

The following is a seasonal breakdown by vehicle type and drivers’ place of residence:

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August comes with spike in formentera.eco permit requests from visitors

In the regulatory scheme’s third year, quotas for visitor vehicles were maxxed out in August — a repeat of the previous year.

And, on five days in August (Saturday the 14th, Sunday the 15th, Monday the 16th, Thursday the 19th and Friday the 20th) quotas for privately owned vehicles were reached as well. In August 2020, quotas were attained on four days: Thursday the 13th, Friday the 14th, Thursday the 20th and Friday the 21st.

As for the maximum number of motorbikes, that ceiling was also hit on eleven days in August: from Saturday the 14th to Sunday the 22nd, Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th. Last year, it happened four days: Thursday the 13th, Friday the 14th, Thursday the 20th and Friday the 21st.

Summer peaks


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In summer 2021, the vehicle ceiling was set at 20,591: four per cent lower than in 2020 (21,487) and eight per cent lower than in 2019 (22,382). The ceiling is expected to be lowered 8% over the next two years.

Early conclusions

While 2021 data must still be analysed and checked against an August traffic flow study whose findings are due for release in October, mobility chief Rafael González asserted that formentera.eco had “reached its year-three objectives”. While he conceded that “traffic remains excessive and rush-hour slowdowns persist”, González said those two points meant continuing to lower the vehicle ceiling in the years ahead would all the more crucial. “Formentera must push ahead shaping an increasingly sustainable brand of mobility that’s not only appropriate to the our island’s carrying capacity, but palatable for residents and visitors”, he added.

González praised the scheme’s rigourous enforcement and hailed the absence of major adjustments to make or incidents to report. He also welcomed “the spirit of cooperation shown by the ferry companies, who have kept travelers in the loop these last two months, and the overall compliance of car rental agencies”.

Consell d’Entitats

Councillor González concluded by reporting that when complete data become available in October, the Consell d’Entitats would hold meetings with stakeholders in the island’s social and business spheres to take stock of the third season and look ahead towards 2022.

14 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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