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Es Pujols, first smoke-free Formentera beach

foto 2020 es pujolsThe Consell de Formentera reminds islanders that this year for “Smoke-Free Week” (Semana sin humo), Es Pujols beach will earn a new distinction, becoming the first stretch of the Formentera shoreline to be included in the Balearic Directorate General of Public Health’s initiative to wipe smoking from beaches. Seven other beaches on Mallorca and Menorca are already on the list, plus Eivissa’s Cala d’Hort, which was the first on the larger Pine Island to participate.

The aim of the move, according to environment conseller Antonio J Sanz, is to “encourage and incentivise healthy habits while pressing beachgoers to keep natural spaces clean”. Sanz pointed out that plastics and cigarette butts are the most common types of improperly discarded rubbish on the Formentera seaboard.

31 March, World Tobacco-Free Day
Smoking is considered by the World Health Organisation to be the leading cause of preventible sickness and death. In the years since the creation of Smoke-Free Week, the final week in May has been marked by an array of activities designed to educate the public about the negative effects of smoking and second-hand smoke. The Balearic health ministry is also reminding people in the region that assistance is now available for individuals seeking a pharmaceutical plan to help them quit. Since the start of 2020, doctors have been able to prescribe varenicline and bupropion, two of the three treatments available.

The Consell has also added its name to the public health directorate’s “Smoke-Free Smile” annual outreach effort (somriuresensefum.caib.es). The recently updated page contains helpful information and tips about quitting smoking for the public and for healthcare professionals.

30 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Calling to mind traditional uses, Consell offers up 5,000m3 posidonia cleared from coasts

foto 2020 retirada posi1The Formentera Department of Environment reports that, after a four-week operation that saw crews pull close to 5,000 cubic metres of posidonia seagrass from Cala Saona and Ses Illetes beaches, island residents are being encouraged to request their share.

“This is a great chance to put to work one of our most treasured natural assets”, said department chief Antonio J Sanz. Posidonia has historically had an array of uses: as animal bedding or tilling fields, for instance, or as isolation in country homes.

Islanders interested in repurposing some of the seagrass can visit the Àrea de Medi Ambient, make an inquiry via the OVAC, call 971 32 10 87 or send an email to mediambient@conselldeformentera.cat. The posidonia will be dropped off at no charge, and requests will be granted of up to three truckloads per person.

Conseller Sanz highlighted the collaboration that brought together municipal crews and the coastal authority over the past month. “They’ve kept beaches clean and other infrastructure operational even during these trying times of public health emergency”, he said.

This year’s posidonia haul amounts to ten times the volume removed in 2019, a change likely explained by natural factors like storms, which can trigger greater volumes of seagrass turning up on the coastline.


13 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

From Monday, home pickup of oversize rubbish resumes

The Formentera Department of Environment reports that from Monday, islanders with extra-large objects they wish to dispose of can call 900 102 656 to request that someone come to their home to pick them up. Both users and staff of the service will be asked to follow new protective measures in view of the Covid-19 public health crisis.

Exceptionally, employees of the service will haul away objects —a mattress base or mattress, for instance— that do not exceed one cubic metre. As new safety measures prohibit agents from entering homes, islanders are asked to leave the objects to be disposed of outside their home or lot in an orderly fashion. The objects will be removed early in the morning the day after a telephone request is received.

During the state of alarm, a valid reason must be given in order to use the service, such as lacking a vehicle in order to get to the household waste recycling centre (Deixalleria) or, preferentially, being an old person.

The Deixalleria is open 8.00am to 1.30pm from Monday to Saturday. Visitors must call 900 102 656 in advance to request an appointment, which will be staggered at thirty-minute intervals to avoid overlap.


9 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Fire ban in place 1 May to 15 October

cartell CAMPANYA ALT RISC INCENDISjThe Formentera Department of Environment reminds islanders that 1 May was the start of the island’s high-risk season for forest fires. Fires are prohibited for the duration of the period, which ends 15 October.

In light of the situation surrounding the declaration of emergency, the regional environment ministry and the Balearic Nature Institute, Ibanat, have announced the ban will extend to any fires within 50 metres of forested area. Anyone who makes a fire within 500m of a forest must first request a permit regardless.

There are no restrictions on fires made farther than 500 m from forested areas, though individuals must nevertheless carefully follow established precautions. Moreover, responsible parties will be held legally accountable for any action that causes a forest fire, whether or not appropriate distances were respected.


7 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera moves forward natural mosquito treatment and increases frequency

foto control moscardsThe Formentera Department of Environment reports that pest control operations will begin today, targeting mosquitos and insects in the Chironomidae family at Estany Pudent, Estany des Peix and the Can Marroig salterns — all areas of fresh water concentration ideal for mosquito larvae.

Environment conseller Antonio J Sanz said that heavy spring showers and an abundance of stagnant water puddles —mosquitos’ preferred habitat— were behind the decision not only to start treatment a week ahead of schedule, but to expand operations from twice to four times weekly. Two workers are expected to put in 32 days of work between April and October.

The anti-mosquito, anti-chironomid treatment is preventive, zeroing in on larvae using Bacillus thuringiensis Israeliensis, which acts on them directly. A natural insecticide generated by bacteria, the agent triggers production of protein crystals which, when ingested by mosquito larvae and insects, rupture cells in the gastric epithelium, causing death before pests can reach maturity.

The environment chief offered a series of things islanders could around the house to prevent mosquito hotspots from forming: “Watch out for containers where stagnant water might accumulate, maintain recommended chlorine levels in swimming pools and sinks and place moquito nets over wells and cisterns”. People can also make sure water doesn’t accumulate in plant pots and drainage plates, he said, plus change animals’ drinking water every two to three days and, in general, try to prevent puddles of stagnant water from forming.

The natural mosquito and chironomid treatment has a price-tag of €33,909.56 and is being overseen by public company Tragsa.

Last Friday crews began implementing a €12,100 plan to control cockroaches in the main towns of the island.


27 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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