26,000 people sent allegations to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation made against MedSalt for their latest project for seismic prospecting in the sea around the islands.
The combined efforts of the Aliança Mar Blava succeeded in achieving a huge public response so that, in just a month, a campaign was formed and signatures, mainly from the Balearic Islands, were collected.
Many associations, collectives, commercial and private individuals became heavily involved. Very noticeable were the tables set up in the streets for the platform of Menorca Diu No (Menorca Says No). It shows what can be achieved when people combine their efforts.
Thanks to appeals made by the legally registered associations pointing out various formal deficiencies in the application procedure for the project there is, consequently, a new opportunity for explaining the issues to the public and allow an increase in the number of people making the allegations against the project during the next few weeks.
We are promoting different initiatives to gain a moratorium on any new projects for seismic prospecting with guns using compressed air as well as exploring for hydrocarbons. In addition, the Central government in the Congress of Deputies is being pressed to stop vetoing the law for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea that stops projects of this style. This was approved unanimously in the Balearic Parliament.
Many thanks to everyone who has helped.
Now Spring is here and we can start to plant out the kitchen garden for the summer. At Es Viver of GOB there is a large range of seedlings for sale of local kitchen garden varieties, produced ecologically. We offer traditional varieties of Menorca, to obtain home grown produce with the taste and quality of before. Continue reading Seedlings for the ecological kitchen garden from Es Viver
The Menorca Preservation Fund has agreed to help a series of initiatives that GOB is promoting for adapting farming activities to climate change. Continue reading An agreement with the Menorca Preservation Fund
On Sunday 4 March there will be an excursion to a talayotic site organised by the Consell Insular (local Island Government) and GOB in order to combine the discovery of some of the sites on the island with scientific information on the talayotic world. Continue reading Sunday 4 March, a walk to Son Catlar
As we mentioned in the last post, there is a project to refurbish the two hotels in Son Bou maintaining their height of 12 floors each.
We have started a campaign to ask Melia Hotels to reconsider the project. You may sign a letter to Meliá Hotels International SA, Department of Corporate Management to request it: Continue reading Add your signature to a letter to the Meliá Hotels to reduce their impact on Son Bou
Carlos Coll succeeds Jaume Obrador as the President of GOB Menorca. Carlos Coll has been a member of the Board of Directors for many years and for some time has been coordinator of the association’s volunteers. Continue reading Carlos Coll, new President of the ever growing GOB Menorca
Sending purified water to the lagoon, avoiding the use of lead shot, being able to feed carrion birds or leaving a part of the marine area for fishing only with creel, are some of the proposals that GOB has given recently for a Plan to Restore the Use and Management (Pla Rector d’Ús i Gestió (PRUG)) of the Albufera des Grau natural park. It will be a means of processing the management of a better relationship between human activities and a protected area. Continue reading Restore the potential of the Albufera des Grau
The intended two level roundabouts between Ferreries and Ciutadella (at Son Sintes and Es Tudons) have been cancelled. And now, the Council for the Environment has ruled that the half constructed bridge at l’Argentina between Mahon and Alaior be demolished. Continue reading Demonstrations with results. Demolition of the huge roundabout at l’Argentina
Sunday 24 September, was the restart of the series of talayotic excursions which are organized jointly by the Department of Culture of the Consell Insular and GOB. After two months of seasonal rest, a hundred people replied to the announcement for a walk and a visit to an archaeological site. Continue reading A walk along the south east of the Island
Green and red peppers put colour into our summer dishes. Now is the season and the kitchen and market gardens are full of them. They are a favourite in Menorcan cooking. So, on Sunday 20 August, farmers who are signed up to the Land Stewardship Scheme will be giving away free peppers to their clients at their market in Mahon. Continue reading Sunday 20 August, the day of Peppers at the Farmer´s Market in Mahon