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This week, 149 schoolchildren get lesson in composting

foto curs compostThe Formentera Council's Office of Environment has teamed up with Amics de la Terra to coordinate the third round to date of composting workshops at the island's three primary schools in la Mola, Sant Ferran and Sant Ferran.

By offering tips on how to recycle and properly separate organic rubbish so it can be turned into fertiliser for gardens or local fields, the workshops aim to encourage 149 participating pupils to do their part in keeping waste out of landfills.

Juanjo Torres of Amics de la Terra facilitates the courses, part of Formentera's recently launched strategy on waste management which focuses on slashing the amount of rubbish treated on the island and thus skirting the environmental and cash burden of hauling it to the tip at Ca Na Putxa.

In its ongoing commitment to reach out to Formentera residents about the need for responsible waste disposal, moving forward the Council will roll out two additional composting workshops — this time for regular islanders.

The third day of the in-school composting effort will play out tomorrow (Thursday, February 22) from 9.30am to 11.30am at CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu.

L'Illa a Escena back this weekend with 'Evocación', a piano and dance recital

Foto evocacionFormentera's department of culture and festivities presents Evocación, a “choreographic recital” based on big-name composers like Albéñiz, Falla, Turina and Granados and dashes of contemporary poetry by way of Julio Herranz.

Taking spectators on a ride through some of the most recognised work in the Spanish classical catalogue, Evocación makes stops at Isaac Albéñiz's suite Iberia, Enrique Granados's Goyescas and Manuel Falla's La Vida Breu. On their way, Evocación's performers explore adeptly a repertoire which spans music and dance and dust off an all but forgotten mode of spectacle that brought success to an alternating cast of artists like La Argentina, Pilar López and Mariemma.

In this tribute to Spanish music and dance, ivory-tickling chops mingle with stirring dance moves, delicateness and brute force take shape, the sonic and visual come to the fore and a veritable chorus of elements converge in seamless union.

J. Jaime Hidalgo de la Torre will play piano at the event. Beyond his capabilities as a musician, Hidalgo de la Torre is a composer and currently director of Formentera's polyphonic choir. Nieves Portas will head up the dance effort. The pair, both seasoned and highly-regarded artists in their own right, are also instructors at the Formentera school of music and dance.

The evening performance, part of L'Illa a Escena, will begin Saturday, February 24 at 8.30pm in the Sant Francesc cinema. The day of the event, tickets will be available at the box office for €5 or €3 for those under 25.

Formentera expands swimming zones at beaches and coves

foto centre nautic obres1Formentera's Office of Environment reports that bidding has begun to enlist a company in placing buoys across Formentera's coastal waters.

The Council oversees yearly efforts to place buoys at beaches, coves and swimming areas. This year, the effort has been expanded to include Punta Rasa and es Caló d'en Trui (Cala Saona), es Caló de Sant Agustí, es Pujols, Punta Prima, es Caló des Mort (Migjorn) and Llevant. The expansion is aimed at creating zones where snorkelers can safely enjoy nearby undersea flora and fauna.

Environment secretary Daisee Aguilera noted that beaches are principally intended for swimmers. She added that buoying operations, in addition to promoting healthier undersea habitats, are about “showcasing the island's most iconic spaces by safeguarding nearby meadows of posidonia seagrass, home to scores of living things”.

Aguilera pointed out that the Council is limited in terms of the action it can take to prevent hordes of yachts accumulating on the island's coastline. The secretary described the buoys as “boundaries in an area often overrun by watercraft that come too close and imperil swimmers” and asserted they had “no impact on seagrass meadows below”.

The department has a yearly budget of €53,261 (VAT included) for buoying efforts. When granted, the contract will last two years with possibility of one two-year extension. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 26. Full details on the offer are available at http://www.caib.es/eboibfront/mob/visor.do?lang=ca&mode=view&idEnviament=605390

Crews get to work on Formentera's nautical sports centre

foto centre nautic obres1Two divisions of the Formentera Council, the Office of Sport and the Office of Infrastructure, are together announcing the start of an effort to build Formentera's centre for esports nàutics, or “nautical sports”.

Designed to meet the diverse of needs of local companies in the nautical sector, the facilities will enfold a municipal sailing school as well as a space equipped for administrative and informational services and an area dedicated to education and training.

The new Centre d'Esports Nàutics is the Council's first attempt to connect islanders directly with the sea. Sports secretary Jordi Vidal put the effort in context by explaining that “whether it's about going in for a closer look, education or just having a good time, engaging with the ocean is a vital part to islanders' identity”.  He framed the longstanding effort as aimed at “promoting water sports and respect for this fabulous sea we've got around us”.

A venue for nautical sports has long been a subject of interest for island residents. Now, set for completion in six months' time, construction of the €1m centre stems from a partnership between Demarcació de Costes, the administration of the regional environment ministry's ses Salines reserve and the port authorities of the Balearic Islands. Local infrastructure and mobility secretary Rafael González described the current phase as “the dawn of an initiative many years in the making”and said collaboration from an array of entities was “crucial to securing the best possible site: s'Estany des Peix”.

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