A considerable part of tourist taxes should go towards reducing the environmental effects resulting from massive tourism. Water is a subject which requires priority attention in Menorca. Continue reading Water requires funding from tourist taxes
Why a Land Stewardship Scheme?
The second line of human activity along the coast, situated just inland behind the tourist areas and traditional seaside population centres, is concentrated on land which, until the last few decades, maintained traditional farming methods, making the countryside of high cultural and biological value. Continue reading Land Stewardship
A great deal of rubbish is generated during each of the local fiestas, especially by drinking vessels left on the streets. It is now obligatory for the bars in Ciutadella to serve drinks in cardboard cups. Continue reading Happy Fiestas…with cardboard glasses
The problem of water in all the islands is of great concern to GOB. In addition, trying to find new scenarios which are not affected by the constant increase in growing tourism, were high on the agenda of the interinsular meeting of GOB on 11 June. Continue reading GOB aims to improve the quality of life for the Balearic Islands
Time to treat sewage without mains drains
It is currently being discussed if a moratorium to stop the further construction of houses in areas without mains drains can be made by the Balearic Government. In GOB we think that the problem is not only with the building of new houses, but also with the hundreds that already exist causing nitrates to enter the Minorcan aquifer each day. Continue reading Sewage and green filters
Another red kite has been found dead at the bottom of the same electricity pylon on the Camí d´en Kane as the two for which GOB made an official complaint earlier in the year. In view of the lack of an effective answer, GOB will increase the pressure on those in charge of finding a solution to this problem. Continue reading Another red kite electrocuted on the same electricity pylon
Work to be done on renewable energy for Menorca
In general, most people are agreed on the importance of renewable energy. However, there is disagreement on how it ought to be established in the region. The recent case of the project for six wind turbines being refused at s´Era Vella to the north of Ciutadella is a good example of what happens as a result of conflict of interests and possible outcomes. Continue reading The Case for Renewable Energy in the Region
Some hints to contribute to the current debate on the future implementation of Ecotax in the Balearic Islands.
Water is one of the environmental resources which needs to have public investment made with the utmost urgency and which has not seemed feasible until now. Also, the management of waste presents many problems as does the near total dependence on fossil fuels whose contaminated emssions are at a much higher level than the maximum allowed internationally. Continue reading Water, waste and energy management should be priorities of tourist taxation
The usual perception of farmers is of strong males working in all weathers with long hours. Maria Tuduri Sintes is the only woman who farms her own farm in Menorca. Of course, there are wives of farmers who help on their farms, but Maria rents 95 hectares which she farms alone using ecologically sustainable methods. Continue reading Maria Tudurí, pioneer woman farming in Menorca
Menorca is regarded in many places as an example of regional and countryside conservation. However, it is not an example as far as energy is concerned because it has a near total dependence on fossil fuels. Continue reading Criteria for renewable energy facilities in the countryside