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Consell restores signposting at cairns marking land granted to Marc Ferrer and Antoni Blanc

foto 2022xi fita 1The Formentera Office of Heritage has replaced signage at milestones of the royal graces accorded to Marc Ferrer and Antoni Blanc that had been lost due to exposure to the elements. In total, eleven plaques have been installed at the cairns. In 2005, the then Consell d'Eivissa i Formentera commissioned architect Marià Castelló to oversee the project to identify, signpost and restore the landmarks.

According to Raquel Guasch, councillor of heritage, "the architect designed steel plaques highlighting information about the landmarks. Over time the engravings were eroded, and we have now put them back according to the original design". In the words of the councillor, "we wanted to recover that delimitation, which is part of our history".

In 1695, Ibizan Marc Ferrer de Joan was imprisoned in the Towers of Serrans in Valencia because of a mattering involving the University of Eivissa and Formentera. In compensation, he asked the king for half a league of forest on the then uninhabited island of Formentera. The king granted the request and in 1697 Ferrer took possession of the land in question, delimiting it with the landmarks that the project led by Marià Castelló project restores and signposts.

10 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell begins steps to stabilise 242 administration posts

The human resources department of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to report that publication in the coming days of a related notice in the Official Bulletin of the Balearic Islands (BOIB) will mark the start of a process to stabilise 242 positions held by civil servants and other personnel across 59 groups and categories of the Consell de Formentera.

This process, as Paula Ferrer, councillor of human resources, put it, "is about ensuring job stability and that these positions become permanent". Councillor Ferrer traced the process to an agreement reached in May as part of negotiations with unions representing employees of local government. The councillor, who praised the involvement of the island's trade unions, said the special offer of employment stemmed from a piece of legislation, Act 20/2021, that involves urgent measures.

Online form, useful guide and info session
To make the process easier, a form is available at the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC). In addition, a help service will be available by appointment at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) to assist people with their application. Interested parties need only fill out a form; no documents are required. Applications must be received twenty working days after the announcement is published in the BOIB. A useful guide will be made available to Consell de Formentera staff and can also be found on the website of the Consell de Formentera.

To highlight the ins and outs of the process, on Friday 11 November, the human resources office has scheduled an info session at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

The offer is open to all interested parties, whether or not they are employees of the Consell. It is not exclusive and any individual who meets the requirements may apply. Questions? Want more details? Contact the department of human resources by e-mail at selecciopersonal@conselldeformentera.cat or by phone.

10 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

'The Return of the Story Lord' at Punt de Lectura in Sant Ferran

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that the Reading Spot (Punt de Lectura), located at the Espai Cultural de Sant Ferran, has scheduled the story time El retorn del senyor dels contes ('The Return of the Story Lord') next Wednesday 16 November at 5.00pm.

The "Story Lord" is a Balearic bookseller – born on Mallorca, with family from Menorca, and currently living between Eivissa and Formentera. And so it is that the character recounts the fables of the hunchback and fairies of Eivissa; Catalineta and Catalinota of Menorca; Vit of Mallorca, and Xomeuel·lo of Formentera. "Packed with value and tradition, these stories encapsulate the popular culture of our islands", explains the storyteller, Lluís Valenciano. El retorn del senyor dels contes is the second part of the El senyor dels contes production. The storytelling session will last 40 minutes and is geared toward four- to nine-year olds. Reservations are not required and admission is free.

Lluís Valenciano Gener has a degree in Dramatic Art (2010) with a speciality in textual interpretation, and holds a master's degree in Advanced Theatre Studies (specialising in directing) and has a long career in acting.

9 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera continues quest for sustainable tourism at WTM in London

foto 2022xi wtm BToday at the World Travel Market in London, representatives of the Balearic government offered a presentation titled "Balearic Islands: a case study in responsible tourism". Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera, stressed that "Formentera has long since begun the search for a sustainable brand of tourism that respects our island and appreciates its uniqueness". Indeed, President Juan pointed out that sustainability has been at the forefront of the island's marketing efforts at WTM 2022.

After the presentation, at a round-table discussion which included the four Balearic Islands, Alejandra Ferrer, vice president and councillor of tourism, offered an overview of efforts in recent years to make the island more sustainable, including regulating vehicles brought and driven on the island (formentera.eco), safeguarding posidonia seagrass (Save Posidonia Project), offering drivers a local network of electric vehicle charging stations, eliminating plastic bags and more.

"Among our challenges moving forward is collaboration to protect the Mediterranean Sea and regulate mass anchorage on our coastline", she said. "Meanwhile, we must continue to safeguard culture, traditions and heritage so that Formentera remains a unique experience, which is what draws our visitors, while at the same time striking a balance with regard to residents' quality of life. In due form, we are seizing the chance that WTM provides to drive these points home among the tour operators and travel agents with whom we are meeting", said Ferrer.

Promoting the pre and post season
Formentera will be promoted at the World Travel Market in London from 7 to 9 November. At a stand which the island will share with the rest of the archipelago, visitors can learn about the local offer and, in particular, off-season draws like cultural, sports and leisure events.

Carlos Bernús, head of marketing, will also be present at the expo, where local representatives will make contact with tour operators and travel agents, not to mention niche press outlets, which "are showing great interest in our destination and sustainability-forward projects".

This year, the stand has a poster reading "Under the Formentera blue lies the posidonia green" with a QR code where smart-phone users can download catalogues digitally to save paper. In these catalogues Formentera will show the opportunities it offers in sport, culture, heritage and cuisine, as well as proposals to go into nature or ornithological routes, while knowing its past and the most deeply rooted traditions of the island.

8 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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