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November 2020 newsletter

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Marine Forum 2020

Photo: Jon Izeta

We were proud to lead the organisation of the second Marine Forum of Ibiza and Formentera, which was held on the 5th and 6th of November in the Cultural Centre of Jesús. This annual event is the brainchild of a group of local businesses and organisations, which also includes TrasmapiOD GroupMarilles Foundation and Vellmarí Association. It aims to bring together public and private sectors with civil society to discuss issues facing the local marine environment and propose real solutions. This year the event began with the very first “Future Forum”, involving 5 schools on Ibiza who presented their environmental projects to other local schoolchildren and gave recommendations for improving the health of the seas around the islands. Due to Covid-19, the event was streamed online, reaching more than 2000 viewers who were able to watch keynote speakers of world renown and panels on topics such as protecting marine habitats and improving the quality of coastal waters. We are grateful to the Promoter Group and to our other sponsors: Santa Eularia Town HallIB3 TelevisionSalvem sa BadiaErshipFuerte HotelsRoyal Plaza IbizaDipesa and Agua KMZero. ICYMI, all the sessions are available via the Youtube page of the Marine Forum!

Plastic Free Balearics

Photo: Willy Uribe

We’re delighted to announce an exciting new project in partnership with the Mallorca-based Save the Med foundation. Thanks to funding from Beyond Plastic Med (BeMed), over the next 18 months we will be working together to develop a Balearic-wide plastic-free certification mark. By combining our expertise and methodology, we aim to design an even more robust standard that will be rolled out individually at each island level, allowing us to build on Plastic Free Ibiza and Formentera’s already highly successful programme. The Plastic Free Menorca alliance will also be participating in the project; together, we hope to harness the power of our four islands to achieve the vision of a cleaner, plastic-free future.

Regenerative agriculture

Photo: Luana Failla

Are you familiar with the term “regenerative agriculture”? In a nutshell, it’s a holistic way of farming that aims to reverse climate change by improving the health of our soils so that they can absorb more CO2 from the atmosphere. The documentary Kiss the Ground is a great place to start to learn more about this fascinating topic. Our Ibiza Produce project is involved in a number of initiatives to promote regenerative agriculture here on the island and, due to growing interest, has created a special community to exchange good practices and ideas with other farmers based on the island. Read more about regenerative agriculture here in Ibiza on the Ibiza Produce blog and contact if you want to be part of this community!

In the news

In our regular column for Ibiza Spotlight, we highlighted the issue of sea water quality. Although around three-quarters of Ibiza’s beaches were assessed as having “Excellent” waters last year, analysis by the Water Alliance for our Sustainability Observatory’s annual report revealed that that figure has declined by over 24% since 2010. The data underlines the need to take urgent action to repair the damage to our marine ecosystem and ensure the quality of the waters around the islands are returned to the highest levels by improving infrastructure and reducing wastewater discharges and plastic pollution as soon as possible.

Festive fundraising

With less than a month to go until Christmas, our friends at Green Delivery Ibiza are launching some seasonal hampers packed full of local produce. Of every basket sold, €3 will go to IbizaPreservation, supporting our Ibiza Produce project, which promotes the consumption of KM0 products. Check out the selection here – and contact Green Delivery direct if you would like to choose specific products for a tailor-made hamper. What better way to celebrate Christmas than gifting some of the island’s finest local produce!

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