“Measuring Our Impact”
We are delighted to present our 2019 annual report. Its publication is a good opportunity to reflect upon the successes of our key initiatives. Entitled “Measuring Our Impact”, the document details how our four strategic projects went beyond the ambitious targets set by our Patronato (board) in nearly all areas. Another highlight of 2019 was the first ever Marine Forum of Ibiza and Formentera, which came about thanks to an alliance of influential local businesses and foundations, all committed to promoting marine conservation.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners, donors and corporate sponsors for their support. Despite the economic difficulties brought on by the global Covid-19 crisis in 2020, we remain as committed as ever to building a more sustainable future for Ibiza and Formentera and are pleased to say we have been able to renew our funding commitment to all our core conservation projects through the coming year.
This month saw the launch of a brand new photography competition, led by our friends at Marilles Foundation. We are proud to be a local partner to MARE, which seeks to promote the conservation of the Balearic Sea by encouraging participants to capture its beauty both beneath the waves and from the shore. The competition was launched in Ibiza with an underwater photography excursion, followed by a press conference at which our Executive Director Sandra Benbeniste and local marine biologist and National Geographic photographer Manu San Félix were among the speakers. MARE is open until the end of October and offers a monetary award for the winners in the Adult category and an underwater camera for the best Under-18 submissions.
Sustainability Observatory report
Our Sustainability Observatory presented the main conclusions of its 2019 report at the Consell of Ibiza earlier this month. This year the Observatory, led by coordinator Inma Saranova, has refocused its study around the fulfilment of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. Data collected and analysed across 67 environmental indicators revealed that, while the island has recorded some improvements since 2018, it is still far from meeting UN targets in several areas, such as waste management and clean energy production. Detailed results for each SDG are being released throughout the summer, with the full report to be made available in September. Read more here.
1% for the Planet
We are delighted to have joined the 1% for the Planet network! This great initiative, which counts some 3000 members, helps to pair up both businesses and individuals with approved environmental charities. Members commit to donating the equivalent of 1% of their annual profits or, in the case of individuals, 1% of their annual salary, to affiliated non-profits. By joining up, we hope to be able to connect with new global partners committed to the conservation of Ibiza and Formentera.
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