Foundations for the preservation of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca back a new manifesto together with more than 1600 signatories, including from civil society and private sectors
Balearic Islands, June 5, 2020 – On World Environment Day, foundations committed to the conservation of the Balearic Islands have supported the “Manifesto for a Sustainable Recovery”, which calls for sustainability to be a priority in any economic reactivation plan after the Covid-19 crisis.
The Mallorca Preservation Foundation, the Menorca Preservation Fund and IbizaPreservation have jointly signed this national petition to Congress, which demands a package of economic incentives subject to strict sustainability criteria.
“Just a few months ago, climate emergencies were being declared all over the planet and this situation continues to this day. For this reason, it is essential that the environment be a key plank of the post-Covid recovery plan,” said the foundations in a joint statement on their social media platforms. “The most successful actions come from consensus. Therefore, we ask that all sectors come together in this alliance to support and implement a stimulus package based on best practices and that allows us to move towards a more prosperous, sustainable, healthy and resilient society.”
“The Manifesto for a Sustainable Recovery” has more than 1600 signatories. They cover social, economic, cultural, associative, scientific, religious and professional sectors, from all over Spain. It includes highly affected sectors such as hospitality and tourism, agriculture and food as well as those involved in energy transition.
The statement, which has been forwarded to the Social and Economic Reconstruction Committee, is based on the criteria of the Alliance for a green recovery, launched a few weeks ago on a Europe-wide level. The signatories are asking that the stimulus policies created by EU institutions as a result of Covid-19, in addition to being effective from an economic and social point of view, be aligned with sustainability policies and the European Green Deal.
The initiative os being promoted by ECODES, the Spanish non-profit foundation, in addition to the Spanish Green Growth Group, SEO/BirdLife and, in a private capacity, by researchers from the Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3), the Royal Institute Elcano and the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ItdUPM).
“Our health depends on the health of the planet. Therefore we have to reconcile the economy with the health of the biosphere,” said Victor Viñuales, director of ECODES. “In addition, the new public debt will be paid by the new generations, and it is only fair that they finance actions that benefit them.”
The Mallorca Preservation Foundation, the Menorca Preservation Fund and IbizaPreservation are part of the Conservation Collective, a global network of philanthropic foundations dedicated to the protection, conservation and recovery of the natural environment. IbizaPreservation was the first in the network, which currently has nine members.