01-09-2013Jaime Reina

The hoteliers' association in Paguera and Cala Fornells has entered an agreement with the town hall in Calvia by which environmental awareness is to be raised among tourists through specific activities such as beach cleaning and reforestation.

Mayor Alfonso Rodríguez and Antonio Mayol, the hoteliers' president, have come to this agreement, and it is intended that visitors will take part in these activities as part of a pilot urban ecology project. In addition to environmental awareness, aims of the scheme are to promote winter tourism and natural heritage conservation.

Yesterday, a first step in this project was taken with a day of reforestation in the Talaia area of Paguera, where twelve hectares of forest were lost in a fire in 2011. This was a specific initiative involving the hoteliers' association and the regional environment ministry. It also involved tourists under the programme European Winter, activities for which have been organised by the town hall since 2011. In addition to reforestation, an objective is to maintain the landscape appeal of the area, while tourists are given brief instruction on correct ways to carry out protection and reforestation work and on best practice for conserving natural heritage and preventing soil erosion.

The beach-cleaning scheme, which also includes cleaning of the seabed, was started in 2007. Since then, it has been undertaken each year with the aims of conservation and awareness-raising regarding coastal protection among tourists, tour operators, local residents and businesses.

In 2015, 640 kilos of rubbish were collected and added to a total which has risen to 12,605 kilos since the project was started.

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Andrew Rawson / Hace over 2 years

In Calvia some bins are left overflowing for weeks on end. Would the council like the tourists to empty them too?

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Steve Riches / Hace over 2 years

Directly or indirectly, tourists will end up paying the new tourist even if hoteliers cough it up initially. "Welcome to Mallorca where you are about to spend your hard-earned money here for two weeks - and by the way, here's a shovel and bucket so you can clear the crap off the beach before you sit down."

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STAN JESSOP / Hace over 2 years

Totally agree with Sean Dobson's Comment above. When I lived in Palma Nova, every time the Motor Yachts left Portals Nous and anchored in Nova and Magaluf. Their partys' or Orgys' resulted in every conceivable digusting sex rubbish etc. would be washed up on several bays beach areas.But, these people are filthy, and filthy rich !. I complained to the local Police,Guardia and Council. But nothing is ever done to stop their debauchery on these ships. MONEY TALKS.

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Sean Dobson / Hace over 2 years

All you have to do now is to stop the ships and boats from dumping rubbish and worse into the sea,from whence a lot of the rubbish and unmentionables comes from.

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Rob / Hace over 2 years

Why not!! Most people would jump at the chance to do something like this whilst away!! Advertise it correctly and you will never be short or volunteers. I always litter pick. The prob is the councils are removing the bins off some beaches so there is nowhere to dump the litter If there are any planned activities for colonia sant Jordi, send me the details Ta

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keith / Hace over 2 years

The Calvia Town Hall and the Hotel Association of Peguera and Cala Fornells urge tourists visiting the term of Peguera to actively participate in the reforestation of burned or degraded areas of the town, as well as the cleaning of its coastline and seabed . so lets get this right . not only will we have to pay an eco tax , you want us to do the clean up without pay so Mallorca gets extra holiday makers to pay more tax and so on ? you must be mad . rant over

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