The impact of nautical tourism and pollution on the marine environment are key areas of concern for the programme, ‘The Sea, A Shared Responsibility’ (El Mar, una responsabilidad compartida). Coordinated by GEN-GOB Eivissa, we support the programme together with the Dutch-based Adessium Foundation.
Now in Phase 3, GEN-GOB is working with the Council of Ibiza, Balearic Government and other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive boat anchoring plan for Ibiza and Formentera that will take into account a ban on anchoring on Posidonia, coming into force in 2018.
Management plans for three new marine reserves in the waters around Formentera and one in Tagomago, a small island north of Ibiza, will also be developed in Phase 3.
Educational activities on marine pollution, such as plastics, and key habitats are a major priority for the programme, including the roll-out of a school project, “Posidonia in your hands.”
Since its launch in 2016, ‘The Sea, A Shared Responsibility’ has contributed to a remarkable increase in awareness of our valuable marine assets.
The programme has also strengthened partnerships through the active involvement of all local stakeholders – from government to the nautical, fishing and tourism sectors.
Since 2013, we have provided €37,408 in grants for the three phases of the programme. We have also helped to channel €190,000 in funding from the Adessium Foundation to support this important programme.