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Visit from regional culture envoy

visita-delegada-cultura1Consell de Formentera councillors of culture and patrimony Susana Labrador and Raquel Guasch met today with the regional envoy for culture, Catalina Solivellas, to set the agenda for the current legislative period. The technical meeting served to chart landmarks moving ahead for the remodel of Sa Senieta, a space that will ultimately house the Formentera Museum. After the gathering, staff and party officials visited the Sa Senieta property.

2 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera


With third Fòrum Posidonia Project, Formentera stays on path to sustainability

foto-presentacio---spp1Consell de Formentera president and tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer, environment councillor Antonio J Sanz, and tourism promotions chief Carlos Bernús gathered in the government’s Sala d’Actes to unveil the slate of programming to accompany Save Posidonia Project in 2019. In Ferrer’s words, the three-day event, which kicks off 10 October, was conceived as a way to “turn the island into a place where ideas are exchanged—and that’s recognised as an eco-friendly destination, leading the charge towards sustainability”.

Ferrer pointed out that Save Posidonia Project launched in 2017—Year of Sustainable Tourism—and that its two founding pillars haven’t changed: “educating people about the importance of protecting posidonia and our surroundings, and raising money through square-metre sponsorship to fund conservation”.

The president hailed the generosity of islanders and businesses in 2017, when 132,656 square metres of seagrass meadows were “adopted” and funding was raised for two protection-tuned projects: one with the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies (Imedea) and another with the Nature Study Group and Balearic Ornithology Group (GEN-GOB). To date, €222,319 has been raised under the initiative.

The project continues this year, first with celebrations around the 20-year anniversary of nearby Posidonia oceanica meadows’ classing as a Unesco World Heritage Site, and culminating on 11 October with the III Fòrum Posidonia Project. Plus, new this year, panel discussions with the local business community have been organised with the help of a range of organisations and NGOs.

New call for projects

Councillor Sanz offered that conservation projects would remain the focus of fundraising. This year is the forum's third, although it's only the second year that organisers have solicited project proposals. Funding from adopted square metres of posidonia currently stands at roughly ninety thousand—“a figure we hope will increase after the Fòrum”, said Sanz.

“Hopefully, with this new call for projects will translate into real protections for posidonia, and for the environment in general”, the councillor said. He pointed out that proposals in the first edition focused on direct change, but said attendees could expect to see indirect change—think individuals’ day-to-day carbon footprint—come up at this year’s gathering.

Some fifty journalists from six different countries will be covering the event, which chief of tourism promotions Carlos Bernús cast as about “making sustainability a pillar of our appeal to visitors”. The Fòrum runs parallel to other Discover Formentera events, which will appear chronicled in the outlets of visiting Spanish and international journalists—“who will see that now’s a good time to visit the island”.

Fòrum Save Posidonia

Thursday 10 October:
Work tables will be held with staff from the local and regional governments, Formentera businesses, civil society and NGOs, to explore areas like water, waste, plastics, land and maritime mobility, the energy transition and posidonia. The debate and reflections that emanating from the first day will serve to articulate an overview of new challenges and a commitment to make improvements moving forwards.

Friday 11 October:
The second day of programming is open to the public, and attendees will get a look at their companions’ efforts from the day before, not to mention a refresher of some of the projects which received funding in 2017. There will also be talks, documentary screenings and round-table discussions. The Fòrum on this day will take place at plaça de la Constitució

The programme can be found online at www.saveposidoniaproject.org/forum-posidonia-2019/.

Saturday 12 October:
The final day will include a boat ride to visit posidonia meadows and children’s workshops. Activities will unfold in the centre of Sant Francesc.

2 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Joan Marí Cardona Local Study Days return 7–11 October for ninth year

jornades estudis locals1The Consell de Formentera cultural heritage department reports that the Joan Marí Cardona Local Study Days (Jornades d’Estudis Locals) will take shape next week from Monday to Friday. The 8.15pm-nightly talks will be held next to the hospital in the conference room of the Centre de Dia.

Department chief Raquel Guasch described the gatherings as “multidisciplinary events with hard-hitting, exhaustive analysis useful to our own government in terms of documenting local history”.

The programme is as follows:

-Monday, 8: Monedes sense gent? Les fulus i els dirhams andalusins primerencs a Formentera [s.VIII-X] (Coins without people? Early Andalusian fulus and dirham on Formentera [8th to 10th century]). Félix Retamero Serralvo, a historian and professor of sciences of the Antiquity and the Middle Ages at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, will lead the talk. Retamero collaborated on the Encyclopaedia of Eivissa and Formentera, and is not only director of the Spanish Numismatic Association (AEN), but also contributes to their review Gaceta Numismática.

-Tuesday, 8: Henri Quillé. Recerca sobre l'hàbitat a Formentera (Henri Quillé: Researching habitat on Formentera). Led by Guillem Aloy Bibiloni, a doctor of theory and history of architecture at the Higher Technical School of Architecture in Barcelona and winner of the City of Palma’s architecture award.

-Wednesday, 9: Sa Senieta. Una història sota la calç dels seus murs (Sa Senieta: history beneath the lime of its walls). With archaeologist Sergio Moreno Torres, additionally a collaborator on documenting mass graves in the Pine Islands.

-Thursday, 11: L'Enciclopèdia d'Eivissa i Formentera. Una obra de dos pobles. (The Encyclopaedia of Eivissa and Formentera: A work spanning two peoples). With Felip Cirer Costa, professor of Catalan language and literature and director of the Encyclopaedia of Eivissa and Formentera.

-Friday, 11: La necròpolis de sa Tanca Vella. Un exemple de la població de Formentera dels segles IV-V dC (Sa Tanca Vella burial ground: A glimpse at the people of fourth to fifth century A.D. Formentera). With Maria Eulalia Subirà de Galdàcano, a doctor of human biology and associated professor at the Biological Anthropology Unit at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

As in years past, the CEP will be including the lecture series in its offering of lifelong learning for professional educators, and both the Consell de Formentera and the Govern de les Illes Balears will recognise credits earned from the courses.

2 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Films, hands-on workshops, horseback rides make list of October activities for island youth

foto progOCT019 casal de joves 2The Consell de Formentera youth office presents the October activities programme at the Casal de Joves. Department chief Vanessa Parellada called the run of activities and workshops “part of the ongoing priority to give younger generations leisure options building on values of solidarity, healthy living and environmental attunement”.

Once a week at 6.30pm, Casal staff open the doors so visitors can plop down on the sofa, grab some popcorn and enjoy a film of special relevance to young people. Film fans on Wednesday the 2nd will see Invictus; on Wednesday the 9th they can catch Es por tu bien. The Casal announces Pay the Ghost for Friday the 25th, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Wednesday the 30th.

Overlapping with World Non-Violence Day on Friday the 4th is a workshop—De quin costat vols estar?—about raising awareness among young people about the kinds of violence that are out there and why they should be proactive about opposing them.

On Saturday the 5th Casal staff will host a workshop where participants can try their hand at a kind of painting tuned especially to send creativity soaring, “spin art”. Friday the 11th , Casal youth can pitch in and paint the columns at the centre, and Wednesday the 16th they can get in on a heart-healthy snack—un berenar saludable—to promote healthy eating, and to learn why that’s so important.

Friday the 18th offers yet another chance for children and teens to add their voice to the larger “Fridays for Future” movement. On Wednesday the 23rd, staff will lead a workshop focused on relaxation, then the following Saturday, one titled “Just dance” geared towards doing just that.

Horseback ride
One particularly stand-out item on the October agenda is a horseback ride. The outing is exclusively for regular Casal attendees. Space is limited, reserve in advance.

Casal staff will also put on dance workshops during the winter months.

2 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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