The Ibiza Preservation Fund (IPF) aims to preserve Ibiza and Formentera’s exceptional beauty and natural value and promote sustainable initiatives. Set up in 2008 in response to unsustainable growth patterns on the island, the IPF raises money from people around the world who love Ibiza and Formentera and care about the islands’ future. Funds are used to support environmental projects and initiatives, carried out by grass-roots organisations, that protect the land and sea. Projects include the protection of UNESCO World Heritage meadows of Posidonia seagrass, at risk from boats’ anchors and wastewater discharge, the recovery of threatened seahorse populations and promoting the consumption of locally-grown crops especially almonds. Water scarcity is one of Ibiza and Formentera’s most serious environmental challenges. The islands’ dependency on groundwater aquifers has resulted in aquifer depletion and contamination due to salt water intrusions. Dependency on water produced by desalination plants has resulted in increased energy demand to operate the islands’ desalination plants.
A Water Alliance was established in 2016 with support and funding from the IPF. By bringing together all key stakeholders, the Alliance’s aim is to sustainably manage the islands’ freshwater resources and promote solutions. A public awareness campaign – “Enjoy the Island, Save Water” – was launched last summer by the Alliance, and a water observatory is being created to collect data and information. To stop oil exploration in the Balearic archipelago, the IPF also helped to set up and fund Alianza Mar Blava (Blue Sea Alliance). Through legal challenges and government lobbying, Alianza has now stopped four projects and succeeded in the creation of a proposed protected whale and dolphin migration corridor in the Mediterranean Sea. The IPF also invests in the sustainable development of the islands. It supports cutting-edge environmental technology and actively promotes the islands’ potential for renewable energy and electric vehicles. To support the important work of the IPF, you can become a member or make an online donation at ibizapreservationfund.org. As a member, you’ll receive regular news and information on grants, projects and events as well as green updates from the islands.
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