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CiF equips public schools with water fountains

foto-escola-de-la-mola premsa1The Formentera Council's Office of Environment reports that, as part of the participatory spending initiative of the Consell d'Entitats, seven water fountains have been installed across the island's three public primary schools: four at Mestre Lluís Andreu (Sant Francesc), two at CEIP Sant Ferran and one at CEIP de la Mola.

Acting environment councillor Daisee Aguilera said she was extremely pleased with the initiative—a proposal that the Island Residents' Association (AVIF) hoped would “help kids cut back on the plastics they use and the processed drinks they drink”.

The fountains themselves cost €10,000 and were put in by the Formentera Council works brigade. An additional five will be set up in the coming days between the high school and the fitness centre as part of the same initiative.

The idea started at the Consell d'Entitats, which convened last night for a special session. The 8pm gathering served to sign off on the the most recent meeting minutes of the group and other sectorial subcommittees.


13 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Special full-house assembly

DSCN1072The Formentera Council convened today for its final plenary assembly of the 2015-2019 legislative session. The one-off gathering served to submit for review the minutes of the full-house assembly that was held on 23 May 2019, the last of the current legislative term. Pictured in the photo are the members of the political parties present at the day's gathering.


12 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Roof repairs in store for municipal pool

piscina-municipal1The Formentera Council infrastructure department reports that the municipal pool will be closed from 15 to 30 June, inclusive. Over the two week period, crews will carry out reforms and maintenance which are valued at €19,727 and necessary to the proper functioning of the pool.

First on crews' to-do list are repairs of the roof, to be handled by an outside firm for €15,167. The company will also check fixing rods in air conditioning pipes for €1,300. A construction firm will be brought in to waterproof the compensation vessels of the small pool for €3,261. All prices include the value added tax.

The Council's in-house work brigade, or Brigada, will oversee work as well, including repairs to damaged tiles, rust removal and checking joints on the large and small pools.


11 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Artist Gilbert Herreyns donates work

foto-donacio---obra-gilbert-he1Formentera Council president Jaume Ferrer and painter Gilbert Herreyns took steps to make official Herreyns' donation of a painting titled “Entre la terra i el cel” to the Council. In 2018 the artist staged an exhibit by the name same at Sa Tanca Vella and committed afterwards to making the donation.

Acrylic and tempera on canvas, the work measures 225cm by 110cm and is on display in the Office of Culture of the administration. President Ferrer welcomed the gift, which will now become property of the CiF. Herreyns is a Belgian artist who has split his time between Eivissa and Formentera since 1971.

Pictured are Herreyn's wife Neus Riera, President Ferrer, Herreyns and Manolo de Oya, who is the exhibit's curator and a representative of Espai F.


11 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

School children collect scientific data about micro-plastics on local beaches

mestre-llui--s-andre premsa1The Formentera Council Office of Environment reports that pupils of the Mestre Lluís Andreu school took part in a day of education which found pupils joining artist Sol Courreges in creating a symbolism-heavy project incorporating micro-plastics gathered over the past year. Children also read out short manifestos in defence of the planet.

This 2018-2019 school year, GEN-GOB and the Council have collaborated on a project called “Plastic Zero” across the island's three primary schools in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and la Mola. Spearheaded by the Centre d'Estudis Avançats in Blanes, a group that works to monitor plastics pollution on Mediterranean beaches across Catalunya, Mallorca, Alacant, Eivissa, and now Formentera, the project has obtained help from the science-related civil society group Seawatchers (Observadors del Mar).

To get things off the ground, September of last year saw the selection, based on location, of three local beaches, that would be used to study how pollution effects sea currents. Cavall d'en Borràs was sponsored by Mestre Lluís Andreu, es Pujols by Sant Ferran and es Arenals by la Mola and the other two schools. Some 700 primary school pupils are thought to have participated.

During the school year, children observed established scientific protocol as they gathered samples, which were taken to to schools in order for other students to analyse and classify the plastics. Once entered into the system and weighed, that data was sent to the Seawatchers website.

According to acting environment councillor Daisee Aguilera was on hand for today's event and followed the initiative's progress first-hand during the school year. “Projects like these are terific examples of how to teach future generations about the importance of caring for our environment”, she said. She took the opportunity to give her thanks to the educational community and collaborators for their help “making our island a more sustainable place”.


7 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

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