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Presenting its 2020 annual report, the foundation recognised the ongoing commitment of its donors, despite the economic crisis caused by Covid
Ibiza, 5 June 2021 – On World Environment Day, IbizaPreservation presented its 2020 annual report – entitled Rising to new challenges – with a special recognition to all the donors who continued to support it during a difficult year due to the Covid-19 crisis.
The report details the additional initiatives that were launched in response to the pandemic. These included a “Lockdown guide” of where to buy local produce, a Learning for Sustainability initiative to support teachers and schoolchildren, and a series of talks with entrepreneurs and community leaders, called The Future of Our Islands.
The publication also highlights the achievements of the foundation’s key projects: Ibiza Produce, Plastic Free Ibiza and Formentera, the Sustainability Observatory, the protection of Posidonia and the Marine Forum.
Thanks to donations from local companies, private donors and other entities, the foundation managed to raise €295,000 in 2020, of which €240,000 were allocated to its projects.
“We are extremely grateful to the companies that have continued to support us during this difficult year and to our Group of Leaders, without whose generosity and commitment our work would not be possible,” said Philip Muelder, Chairman of IbizaPreservation, in the foreword to the report.
Of the €295,000 raised, about €48,000 came from donor companies, including: Trasmapi, OD Group, Ferrovial, Domus Nova Ibiza, Ership, Lefrik, Fuerte Hoteles, Hacienda na Xamena, Sol de Ibiza, Ibiza Agents, Santa Ibiza and Ibiza Gran Hotel.
Approximately €16,000 was also raised through the €1 initiative, whereby member companies contribute to fundraising through voluntary one euro donations which are added to restaurant or hotel bills or product sales. Participants in the initiative in 2020 included: Sal de Ibiza, Jondal, Gecko Hotel & Beach Club Formentera, Sir Joan, Nikki Beach Ibiza, Chiringuito Blue, Bottega il Buco, Cana Pepeta, Cas Gasi and Re.Art.
The foundation’s Patronato or Board of Trustees also highlighted the effort made by the entire IbizaPreservation team in cutting expenses and budgets in the face of the economic difficulties caused by the pandemic, in order to ensure that strategic projects were able to continue functioning.
For her part, the outgoing Executive Director of the foundation, Sandra Benbeniste, recognised the importance of continuing to champion sustainability as part of the so-called “new normal”, post-Covid: “This crisis has made us reflect on our fragility, and our dependence on the environment. IbizaPreservation wants to join forces to develop new regenerative tourism models.”
After 9 years in charge of IbizaPreservation, Benbeniste is taking on new challenges as Sustainability Director, EMEA, for Iberostar Group, in Mallorca. For this reason, the foundation has just launched the search for a new director.
“On behalf of the IbizaPreservation’s Board of Trustees, we want to wholeheartedly thank Sandra Benbeniste for her work as director,” stated Philip Muelder, President. “Under her leadership, the foundation has positioned itself as the benchmark organisation in terms of sustainability in Ibiza and Formentera, in particular through the promotion of intersectoral alliances. Although we will miss her very much, we believe that we have solid foundations upon which to continue promoting the environmental regeneration of Ibiza and Formentera.”