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Our Dolphins: Surveying Noise Impact
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Our Dolphins: Surveying Noise Impact

The sea around Ibiza is an important habitat for Bottlenose dolphins, a protected species known to be sensitive to noise. To monitor the impact of underwater noise on dolphins, our project with Tursiops Association will record noise at key locations around Ibiza and assess dolphin movements.

Promoting Solar Energy and Electric Mobility
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Promoting Solar Energy and Electric Mobility

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Carrying Capacity and Sustainability Observatory
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Carrying Capacity and Sustainability Observatory

As one of the main tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, Ibiza received around four million visitors in 2016 – double the number from a decade ago. This growth has seen a strong imbalance between the summer population and permanent residents, and placed pressure on limited resources. In 2017, we coordinated a major study by the...

Preserving Ibiza’s Iconic Almond Groves
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Preserving Ibiza’s Iconic Almond Groves

Between 2010 and 2015, around 30% of Ibiza’s almond groves were lost. And of the 332 hectares that remain on the island, most are neglected and reaching the end of their lifecycle (around 70 years). To help recover almond groves, we are supporting a pilot project by the Association of Organic Producers of Ibiza and...

Water Ponds and Fire Prevention in Serra Grossa
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Water Ponds and Fire Prevention in Serra Grossa

The Serra Grossa aquifer is one of Ibiza’s most depleted and salinised water reservoirs. The Serra Grossa area is also vulnerable to forest fires because of the expansion of pine trees. Both problems are a result of the abandonment of land-management practices. Located in the south of Ibiza, the Serra Grossa receives around 400 mm...

Championing Local Products
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Championing Local Products

To preserve the environment and traditional, farming landscapes of Ibiza and Formentera, the consumption of locally grown and sustainably produced products needs to be supported and promoted. To gain a better understanding of market conditions, we funded (€5000) and conducted a feasibility study to provide insights on ways local farmers and producers can be supported....

Land Bank to Promote Farming
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Land Bank to Promote Farming

To encourage new farmers to the land, the Land Bank project has created a database of abandoned farms offered for organic farming under a stewardship contract. The Land Bank was established in 2011 by the Association of Organic Producers of Ibiza and Formentera (Associació de Productors d’Agricultura Ecològica d’Eivissa i Formentera – APAEEF) with our support. We...

Our Dolphins: Surveying Noise Impacts in Ibiza’s Waters
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Our Dolphins: Surveying Noise Impacts in Ibiza’s Waters

Rising levels of underwater noise has been identified as a threat to marine life. Little is known about how noise affects dolphins in Ibiza’s waters – a hotspot for boats and other noise generating activities. To monitor the impact of noise on dolphins, we provided €12,343 in 2017 for research work by Tursiops Association – a Balearic NGO...

Alliance against Oil Drilling
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Alliance against Oil Drilling

Alianza Mar Blava (Blue Sea Alliance) was first launched to stop oil and gas prospecting in front of Ibiza and Formentera. Today, it has become a strong lobbying force politically with the objective to declare Mediterranean waters under Spanish jurisdiction as a “zone free of hydrocarbon exploration.” Four oil and gas projects planned around the...

“The Sea, a Shared Responsibility”
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“The Sea, a Shared Responsibility”

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...