Building on rural land without licence is not always worthwhile. Some resolutions of the island Consortium on urban discipline translate into demolitions and large fines. The Consortium is an organ created in Menorca by agreement of all the town councils and the Consell Insular to avoid uncontrolled building on rural land. Its creation was decided after the repeated inability, both technically and politically, by the town councils to tackle this problem, which after a while resulted in the hundreds of illegal buildings becoming very difficult to manage. Continue reading Increased building control
An area of some 20 kilometres of sea around Menorca has become part of the Reserve of the Biosphere, which, until now, included only land. UNESCO approved the addition on 5 June in Paris. This declaration is something which will be very helpful for enabling protection in the future. GOB celebrates the designation and the encouragement it gives to working for the rational conservation of the marine environment. Continue reading The marine environment becomes part of the Reserve of the Biosphere
Excavation works have begun in Son Parc urbanisation, Es Mercadal. This project is a clear reminder of the long, intense battles Menorca has had to wage to combat the dangerous threats to its territorial integrity, inherent in the development plans of the 1970s. It also highlights the complicated impacts on any areas which are earmarked for development. It is only 3 years since the last attempt to promote this type of development. Continue reading The lesson of Son Parc
The General Meeting of the Island Members of GOB approved on 20 December 2018 the report of activities for 2018, the budget for 2019 and the composition of the new board of directors. 2018 has been another year of intense activity in which we started new lines of working such as how to confront the problems of plastic and refuse ending up in the sea. Continue reading General Meeting approved the budget and the new board of directors
There has been another example found of an electrocuted red kite in the Mercadal area. The animal was found at the foot of a pylon and Environmental Agents were in charge of retrieving it. Continue reading Another red kite electrocuted
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