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IV Fòrum del Save Posidonia Project

foto 2021 SPP forumALa presidenta i consellera de Turisme del Consell de Formentera, Alejandra Ferrer, ha presentat avui la quarta edició del Fòrum Save Posidonia Project que té lloc avui a la Sala de Cultura (Cinema). En el primer bloc d’aquesta jornada, la presidenta ha presentat les conclusions dels grups de feina que es varen organitzar ahir amb representació del sector empresarial, la ciutadania, ONG i experts per posar en comú la situació actual i fer un full de ruta.

Segons ha explicat la presidenta, entre les principals necessitats urgents que hi ha a l’illa, i que s’han assenyalat en aquests grups de feina, destaquen “regular els fondejos per evitar la pressió d’embarcacions que hi ha tant al Parc Natural com a tota l’illa, regular i reduir les connexions marítimes de la línia entre Eivissa i Formentera, i determinar la capacitat de càrrega de Formentera, no només de la part terrestre, sinó també de la marítima”. “A més, necessitam polítiques de caràcter global, perquè les decisions de creixement d’altres territoris tenen conseqüències en el nostre litoral, que es veu saturat”, ha afegit. "Totes aquestes decisions per ser una illa sostenible les prenem conjuntament amb la ciutadania de Formentera, però hem d’anar més enllà i involucrar tota la Mediterrània tant en la protecció de la posidònia, com de tots els recursos naturals", segons ha conclòs.

Per la seva part, el conseller de Medi Ambient, Antonio J. Sanz, ha destacat en la seva intervenció el creixement d'aquest fòrum des dels seus inicis, a l’any 2017, "que enllaça turisme i medi ambient" i la feina de "conscienciació i sensibilització que es fa d'un bé que, com al seu dia va recordar el biòleg Manu San Fèlix, ens aporta l'oxigen que respiram a Formentera". "En la posidònia tenim el nostre pulmó", ha subratllat el conseller, que ha enumerat els projectes finançats a través de l'apadrinament de les praderes. Així mateix, ha avançat als assistents que el projecte ImPeFora, de la Universitat de les Illes Balears, que analitzarà l'afecció de microcomponents en la posidònia, ha guanyat la darrera convocatòria del Save Posidonia Projecte, amb un pressupost de 112.000 euros.

En el segon bloc del Fòrum hi hagut conferències sobre ‘Sostenibilitat intel·ligent: conservant la posidònia’, combinades amb taules de treball i conferències en les quals els experts aborden el present, el futur, el desenvolupament de nous models innovadors de sostenibilitat territorial i els casos d’èxit de la tecnologia aplicada a la sostenibilitat.

A la tarda, en el tercer bloc, es parlarà sobre les emissions locals i possibles solucions, i es tancarà amb una taula rodona sobre els líders del futur del turisme sostenible i l’acte de cloenda, que també correrà a càrrec de la presidenta.

Dissabte, 25 de setembre

En el marc del Fòrum, demà s’oferiran activitats voluntàries. A les 9.30 hores, s'ha organitzat la neteja de la platja de s’Estufador. Hi ha programada una sortida amb autobús a les 9 h des de l'aparcament de sa Senieta, a Sant Francesc. A més, la neteja compta amb la col·laboració de Plastic Free Formentera i Qué Celeste.

I a les 12.30 h, hi haurà un visita de les prades de posidònia: sortida amb barca, explicació de l’ecosistema de la posidònia i activitat de busseig amb l’acompanyament d’un guia.

Tota la programació del Fòrum Save Posidonia Project es pot consultar aquí.


24 de setembre de 2021
Àrea de Comunicació
Consell de Formentera

This Saturday, beach cleanup at Cala en Baster and Es Carnatge

cartell 2021 neteja platja SPPFor this year’s Save Posidonia Project, the Formentera Offices of Tourism and Environment are pleased to announce a beach cleanup at Cala en Baster and Es Carnatge on Saturday 25 September at 9.30am. A bus will depart at 9.00am from Sa Senieta car park in Sant Francesc. Plastic Free Formentera and Qué Celeste will also take part in the cleanup.

23 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell d'Entitats discusses plans for anchorage scheme at S’Estany des Peix

foto 2021 consell entitats fondejosThe Consell d'Entitats held a one-off session yesterday afternoon to discuss plans to regulate anchored watercraft in S'Estany des Peix. The meeting was chaired by President Alejandra Ferrer; attended by Director-General of the Balearic Office of Natural Spaces and Biodiversity Llorenç Mas and Formentera’s Councillor of Environment Antonio J. Sanz, and conducted by Councillor of Citizen Participation Vanessa Parellada. Among the nearly two hundred attendees were normal islanders, spokespeople from 24 Consell d’Entitats member associations and political party representatives.

Pointing to what she termed “the long-standing unsustainability” of the situation at S’Estany des Peix, President Ferrer insisted the island’s government was committed to “a regulatory model that strikes a balance between traditional anchoring needs and protection of a unique natural space”. Ferrer offered a message that was of both calmness and confidence, affirming, “The political will is to defend the general public interest and ensure that people can continue to enjoy S’Estany des Peix in an orderly and sustainable manner while respecting the traditions and cultural heritage with which the pond is associated.

The President said that apart from regulated anchorage, “other interrelated aspects demand our efforts as well, including a public anchorage spot in the port and a new dry marina and ramps”, insisting, “These and other actions will ensure that the people of Formentera can continue to enjoy access to the sea”. Ferrer also spoke about the need to study options “for the logistics and commercial side of things, as we have also conveyed to the Balearic Port Authority”.

15 days to offer suggestions for rules of use

Councillor Antonio J. Sanz detailed the progress made since March 2019. “Right now we are in the process of drafting regulations for the rules of use and the session brought some very interesting remarks and expressions of concern. We explained how residents can register their comments online through the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) and in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) and that they have 15 days to present their contributions and suggestions to shape these regulations”. The session also featured talk about the possible criteria for the tendering process, which Sanz assured would “comply with current regulations and be sound from an environmental and historical standpoint”. “Let’s not forget that these plans were borne out of the need to recover a natural space which is facing a high degree of degradation”, the Councillor reasoned. Interested parties can find out more on the Consell de Formentera website.

For his part, Director-General Mas asserted he was confident an agreement could be reached to “satisfactorily organise this protected natural space”. He added that “progress regulating the use of marine areas is essential in times of climate emergency to preserve our most valuable habitats and species”.


23 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera hosts Mediterranean Network for Posidonia towards common European policy on conservation

foto 2021 SPP networks AIsland’s choice as meeting site highlights status as touchstone of awareness and conservation outcomes

Consell de Formentera President Alejandra Ferrer was in charge of welcoming participants at the first face-to-face gathering of the Mediterranean Network for Posidonia (Xarxa Mediterrània per a la Posidonia, XMP). The days ahead will see members of governments and entities from eleven Mediterranean states unite behind the goal of common policy for posidonia conservation.

The initiative has roots in a November 2019 meeting held in Greece which featured representatives of the European Union and of most of the European countries of the Mediterranean. One of the main points on the docket was creation of a network of contacts to build synergies for a future European conservation strategy for posidonia seagrass.

President Ferrer drew attention to the Formentera government’s long-standing committment to protecting posidonia, reviewed municipal proposals to regulate anchoring ships and once again asked the responsible authorities to assist in the implementation of such proposals. “This summer laid bare just how vital it will be for Formentera to start acting in line with our needs and carrying capacity; in this our priority must be the environment, heritage and our residents’ quality of life”, she said. “Formentera has done a lot of fighting and we’re pioneers in many preservation- and sustainability-driven initiatives, including our network of vehicle recharge points, the formentera.eco scheme to restrict in-bound vehicles, caps on permits for tourist beds, eliminating plastic bags... We’ve done everything that we were able to do on land, but we lack strong measures at sea. Other Mediterranean destinations’ actions have a direct impact on our coastline and the growth of the nautical sector is unsustainable”, she insisted.

For his part, the Balearic Minister of Environment, Miquel Mir, emphasised the importance of an initiative “that would frame the roadmap towards a common, European Commission-endorsed marine conservation policy”. Mir applauded Formentera’s choice as the meeting site “because it is a European reference in terms of public awareness and actions in support of posidonia conservation”, adding that “this gathering cements the Balearic Islands’ trailblazing role adopting and enacting effective policies to protect a species that is vital for undersea habitats in the Mediterranean”.

The encounter is being hosted by the Balearic Ministry of the Environment and Territory and the French Biodiversity Office (OFB) in association with the LIFE Marha project and the Consell de Formentera. Cyrile Barnerias, who heads the OFB’s European and international relations division, pointed out that “the EU protects posidonia in accordance with the Natura 2000 directives. In France, posidonia meadows are carefully safeguarded, not just within protected marine areas. The XMP roadmap allows for greater cooperation to support stewardship”.

In the coming days, attendees will learn first-hand about policies to safeguard underwater seed-bearing plants that are being implemented on Formentera and in the region — both of which are fulcrums of efforts to legislate posidonia conservation. Also on hand at the encounter were representatives of the Valencian regional government, the governments of France, Malta, Cyprus, Montenegro and Greece, as well as universities and scientific and environmental organisations from across the Mediterranean.


21 September 2020
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

From bottom of sea floor, Formentera posidonia sends message of environmental awareness

cartell 2021 aixetaAAs part of the Save Posidonia Project’s ‘Conservem el nostre gran secret’ (Let’s protect our big secret) push, the Consell de Formentera has emblazoned messages of environmental awareness on stickers to serve as reminders in the washrooms of tourist accommodations, businesses and even the homes of regular islanders.

The first reads “I ask you from the bottom of the sea: flush only toilet paper”. The second proffers a slightly different enjoinder: “Don’t leave water running”. The graphics are presented in Catalan, Spanish and English and carry the hashtag #laposidòniacomençaaquí (‘posidoniastartshere’).

“We wanted to give posidonia its own personality”, explained president and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer, “and we wanted people to see that the sea and our stewardship of it starts in our homes, at our taps and drains”.

An already-printed initial run of 600 stickers will be distributed among members of the local league of small business owners (Pimef), chamber of commerce and federation of hotels. Islanders who wish to pick their stickers up should visit the head office of the Consell de Formentera and Tourist Information Points.

Environment chief Antonio J. Sanz said  promoting conservation meant adapting public awareness policies to tourists and islanders alike.

This campaign is part of next week’s Save Posidonia Project Forum. See below for the complete programme.

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.

17 September 2020
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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