The activity was carried out in collaboration with Ibiza Produce, a project by IbizaPreservation, at the regenerative farm of Terra Viva Ibiza in Sa Forada
Ibiza, 02/05/23 – This morning 20 athletes participating in the Ibiza Multisport World Championships helped to plant 50 fruit trees at Terra Viva Ibiza regenerative farm in Sa Forada, in what is set to become the largest edible forest on the island using regenerative agriculture techniques.
The action was carried out as part of the Good Loop, a movement promoted by the Spanish Triathlon Federation (FETRI), in order to communicate the positive impact actions carried out in the event, and which aims to establish itself as a movement of inspiration in the world of sport. The 50 trees were funded thanks to a donation by the Championship Organising Committee to Ibiza Produce, a project run by IbizaPreservation, which focuses on the regeneration of soils and landscapes of the island.
“We have set ourselves the ambitious challenge of making the Ibiza 2023 Championships one of the most pioneering triathlon events in terms of sustainability, generating a positive impact for people and the planet. We have already achieved the World Triathlon Sustainability Gold Certification and we also aspire to become the first European event to be certified as zero waste with Zero Waste Europe. We have therefore taken the decision to sow the seeds of change by planting trees instead of offering bouquets of flowers to the winners on the podium,” said José Hidalgo, President of FETRI. “We are proud to be reaching the objectives we set from the beginning in the area of sustainability. The gold certification is an incentive to keep building on these foundations. Not only have we been able to live up to the standards we set, but we have surpassed them.”
IbizaPreservation’s Executive Director, Inma Saranova, thanked the Federation for its donation to support the work of the foundation on behalf of the athletes: “It is important that the major events that take place in Ibiza are approached in a totally sustainable way and seek to minimise negative impacts and maximise opportunities for environmental regeneration, which is why we thought the initiative of planting fruit trees was such a good idea. Examples like this show that there is another way of doing things and that, where the will is there, it can be achieved.”
For her part, the coordinator of Ibiza Produce, Gabrielle Gambina, stressed the importance of using regenerative agriculture techniques to recover degraded soils: “Climate change and soil health are interdependent. Changes in the amount of carbon stored in the soil can affect the global carbon cycle and alter carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. To begin to address environmental issues, we must focus on regenerative agriculture as it provides a range of tools and practices based on age-old farming traditions that prioritise soil quality and sustainability over yield and short-term economic gain.”
The 50 peach trees planted today at Terra Viva Ibiza will form part of an edible forest of 8,000 trees, which will include fruit trees such as fig, pomegranate, carob and olive, among others.
As Andrea Abad of Terra Viva Ibiza explained, “With 20 ha, the design of the farm is based on a technique known as “polyface” consisting of the combination of several operations on the same farm. In addition to 16 ha of fruit trees in a syntropic design and 1 ha of organic horticulture, we have organic pastured chickens and soon we will also have sheep grazing. Thanks to this design and the techniques used, we are accelerating the soil’s capacity to sequester carbon.”