Ibiza Preservation Foundation (IPF) has approved this week more than €121,000 for the conservation of Ibiza and Formentera. Total IPF commitment for the next 12 months totals €254,800
12 June 2019, Ibiza—The IPF’s Patronato (board) has approved this week funding to continue with the lines of work already started in 2018, the IPF’s key pillars. For Ibiza Produce, IPF Sustainability Observatory, Plastic Free Ibiza and Formentera and Posidonia protection projects, the IPF has directly allocated €121,280 in funds. The IPF is seeking external funding, from both the private and public sector, to increase the scope-of-work for its projects, as well as to fund new challenges and opportunities related to the preservation and restoration of Ibiza and Formentera’s environment.
Ibiza Produce, an IPF coordinated project to increase the consumption of locally-grown food, has received financing of €36,000. The IPF is seeking to raise an additional €98,120 to support the island’s largest organic egg farm with the reconstruction of hen houses and a distribution vehicle (€33,000), the setting up of a local product distribution centre (€23,000), and a commercial co-working kitchen for different local producers (€42,120).
The IPF Sustainability Observatory, also coordinated directly by the IPF, was allocated €30,000 with an additional €40,000 to be privately financed to support a survey on land-use and natural habitats. The Observatory was set up by the IPF in response to the need to have an independent think-tank that can collect, analyse and report on data on the most relevant environmental, social and economic indicators. The Observatory’s aim is to contribute to an objective debate on the island model the local community wants.
Plastic Free Ibiza and Formentera was allocated €31,280 to finance the project’s coordination. The Plastic Free movement, a collective of 20 local organisations, has the vision to achieve the phasing-out of single-use plastics on the islands by 2023.
Children’s education on the importance of Posidonia will be a key area of work. The IPF allocated €24,000 to support Vellmarí Association’s conservation activities including a dive camp for young people, a seahorse breeding project and research into the collapse of the Nacra population, an important Mediterranean mollusc that is near extinction.
“At IPF we remain convinced that the best way to achieve lasting results in terms of conservation is through alliances and collaboration agreements. As an African proverb says, ‘if you want to go fast, walk alone; if you want to go far, go accompanied’. And we want to go far,” said Sandra Benbeniste, the IPF’s director.