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Xàbia to re-submit revised EDUSI project

Nov 14th
The Xàbia Town Council has unanimously agreed to submit a revised EDUSI project to obtain co-finance from the European Union to carry out projects on integrated urban development (for details of original project see: EDUSI Integrated sustainable Urban development . The original project was put forward last year, and was very close to being successful in obtaining the funding. The Council has been in touch with the authorities to see how the proposal can be improved at the formal level. The Opposition voted in favour, but regretted that there had been such weak citizen participation. From:Las Provincias and Javeamigos

British tourism in the Valencian Comunidad this winter to increase double the National rate.

Nov 12th
The number of British tourists will grow 16% in the Comunitat Valenciana this winter, double that in the whole of the country, according to data from the Turespaña office in London, which President Ximo Puig noted during his visit to the World Travel Market fair . He commented that the Valencian Tourism Agency will direct its new strategy towards an open minded cosmopolitan traveller with a higher spending power. From: Las Provincias

Valencia Plastics technology centre, coordinator for EU "Life Recypack" project

Nov 12th
The Valencian Plastics Technology Centre AIMPLAS has launched the Life Recypack project, a pilot program program aiming to reincorporate the waste derived from polyethylene and expanded polystyrene into the productive cycle, eliminating them as solid urban waste and renewing the product as raw material. Plastics such as polyethylene and expanded polystyrene - popularly known as "white cork" - are usually not included in domestic collection containers which are not adapted to accommodate this type of waste. The project covers three European regions: in Pisa (Italy), in Tiszaújváros (Hungary) and Valencia. In Valencia the establishment of a specific waste collection system for local businesses; In addition, "green points" will be installed so that SMEs can deposit the waste and encourage the collection of plastics. The European Commission, within the framework of the LIFE program, has approved a total budget of 984,466 euros, being subsidised by the fund up to a maximum of 566,323 euros, during the 30 months of project execution. From: LaVanguardia Click Here for information on the Life Recypack project from the EU.

Low Carbon cement from olive stones created in Valencia.

Nov 12th
Spanish and Brazilian researchers have developed a new type of cement from olive stone ash and slag from blast furnaces , a more sustainable alternative to the cements currently used, being the first in the world manufactured only with waste. The new cement has been created by researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) of Brazil. this new cement stands out especially for its " low carbon footprint " and its impact, in terms of greenhouse effect , "is much lower if compared with the cements currently used "in construction. In addition this opens a new business path for the recovery of a biomass i.e. Olive stones. In the tests carried out so far, the cement contained approximately twenty percent of olive stone ash and eighty percent of slag residues. The cfement is easy to make and has very good mechanical properties. From: Las Provincias

Drought in the Valencian region could worsen in the next quarter

Nov 7th
According to the the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), this winter is likely to be warm and dry. Tt is estimated that temperatures could oscillate between 12.5 and 14 degrees, and there is only a 10% chance that the weather will be cold over the next quarter. There is also a 60% chance that the winter months will be dry, as compared to a 25% chance of being wet, with less than average amounts of rain. According to the latest data from the Ministry of Environment, the Segura basin has the most troubled water reserves in Spain , with its marshes at only 14.2% capacity, followed by the reservoirs of the Confederación Hidrográfica del Júcar, which are at 25.6%. from: Valencia Extra

Almost 300 Valencian municipalities at flood risk

Nov 6th
The Territorial Plan on the Prevention of Flood Risk in the Valencian Region (Patricova) is still underfunded . In 2013, the former Popular Party executive presented a revision of this document with half of the works planned for 2003 still needing to be executed. About 300 of the 541 municipalities have areas at risk of serious floods. The economic situation, especially since 2008 with the beginning of the crisis, led to a drastic reduction in investment in public works by both the State and the Generalitat, which has contributed to halt the implementation of this program. From: Las Provincias

"Minister's House" on the Arenal point to remain private for at least another 75 years

Oct 30th
In 1959, Xàbia Town Hall sold several coastal plots to influential Francoist politicians. Among them was Navarro Rubio, Minister of Finance between 1957 and 1965 and governor of the Bank of Spain from that year until 1970. He built what is commonly known as "The Minister's House" on the tip of the point, next to the Parador. It had been hoped that it would come into public ownership in 2018, however, new provisions from the National Government mean that it has a further 75 year private concession. From: La Marina Plaza.

Xàbia Charter signed

Oct 30th
The Xàbia Mediterranean Forum concluded last week with the reading of a declaration - 'the Xàbia Charter' - in which the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia expressed its commitment to implementing policies that seek a more sustainable tourism model, balancing the protection of the local culture and landscape with economic success: "Tourism should be synonymous with prosperity without have to regret anything".
The policy document outlines a necessity to take a responsible attitude to protect the wealth and heritage of the Mediterranean without damaging the tourist industry so that the area remains a privileged place. A second document was signed during this special seminar when Xàbia became the epicentre of responsible tourism planning and this was a further commitment by the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia to work to obtain Biosphere Responsible Tourism certification from the Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI). See the English language dossier on: http://agenda21-xabia.wikidot.com/mediterranean-forum-2017 Visit the Official website: Mediterranea Xabia Forum (Ed's note: a report on some of this to follow)

Record amount of glass collected for recycling this summer

Oct 26th
Almost 680 metric tons of glass was recycled by bars, restaurants and residents during the summer, a rise of 3% on the same period in 2016. Ecovidrio, the non-profit organisation responsible for the management of recycled glass in Xàbia, has recognised the commitment of the town's businesses and residents towards recycling by awarding the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia its prestigious 'Iglú Verde' award which was collected by councillor Doris Courcelles (Environment). According to data provided by Ecovidrio, 678 metric tons were collected during the summer, a period when some 30% of the annual total is deposited for recycling. 65 restaurants were participating in the recycling campaign, an important fact given that the hospitality sector generates some 50% of the single-use container waste. Some 36 containers have been delivered adapted to the needs of these businesses and the frequency of collection have been increased to adequately manage the increase of activity in this sector. With regards to 2016, businesses and residents of Xàbia recycled a total of 1,698,130 kilograms of glass, an average of 62.4 kilograms per person. Ecovidrio reported that Xàbia has one container per 113 residents, a total of 242 green igloos for the collection of glass. Full story from Javeamigos

Work on news auditorium to start soon

Oct 24th
The Xàbia town hall has this week selected the company that will be tasked with building one of the most important and iconic projects of the current legislature: the construction of a new municipal auditorium. Fifteen construction companies bid for the project with Joca, Ingeniería y Construcciones, a company with 35 years of experience in construction both in Europe and South America, offering the best option with a budget proposal of 2,395,000 euros, a 900,000 euro reduction on the original estimated budget of 3.3 million euros. Aside the proposing a lower budget to complete the project, the company also met two further requirements: a reduction of the planned completion period to 16 months, and the installation of a magnetic or inductive loop, an audio system that allows sound to be picked up by hearing aids and cochlear implants, therefore making the auditorium accessible to the hard of hearing. The Council has requested from the Universidad Politéncica de València to oversee that the building guarantees good acoustics. It will have a seating capacity for 524 people on a single floor with six of those seats adapted for people with reduced mobility and their companions. The 17m x 11m stage area has been approved to form part of the CulturArts theatrical circuit. The building will also have administration office, ticket office and toilets along with a basement with a multipurpose use room, a rehearsal room and dressing rooms as well as service lifts. The main access will be from the square in front of the Conservatorio de Música. for full story see: Javeamigos

Drought officially ends: Marina Alta second wettest Valencian region last year

Oct 10th
In this hydrological year it rained 45% more in the Marina Alta than its annual average since 1980. at 715 l / m2, certainly the highest in the entire Region. This is good, but not extraordinary. One should not get carried away with optimism, beacuse, although there have been local works to manage water supply such as the Teulada-Benitatxell consortium, the Vall del Pop and Xàbia and its agreement with the irrigators of Pedreguer. But regional infrastructure of reservoirs and interconnected water piping remain lacking , as does a method of selling Xàbia's desalination plant surplus water to neighbouring municipalities. From: La Marina Plaza

Festival Save Posidonia to raise our consciousness

Oct 10th
The island of Formentera launches a brand new four-day event called Festival Save Posidonia which kicks off from Thursday 12 October. The festival aims to raise awareness of the importance of the sea grass that gives the island its crystal-clear waters with a raft of activities and cultural events. A raft of aquatic adventures on the sea can be had with kayak, windsurfing, kite surfing and Stand up Paddle (SUP) boarding as part of the Formentera Blue experience. A total of 25 works of art will be on display featuring local and national artists and world-famous ones For those wishing to learn more, a series of workshops in the island's capital of San Francisco (Sant Francesc), including a musical one, is designed to help people understand the value of Posidonia as well as understand what can be done to protect it. From:Ibiza spotlight

Experts warn of growing environmental aggression in the Cova Tallada and the "Penyasegats"

Oct 1st
2017 has been another very difficult summer for the Cova Tallada, the unique place shared by the coastlines of Dénia and Xàbia. The cave has once again suffered the "same overcrowding" as last year, which is not good news for this cathedral of rock located on the edge the marine reserve of the cape of Sant Antoni and whose environmental balance has long been suffering due to the tourist pressure. There were some positives, such as a decreased number of organised Kayak excursions, but there was an increase in individual kayaks and hikers, including three bus-loads on September 23rd (maximum number of people in a group without permission is 30). There have also been some unusual activities, such as feeding the fish, climbing the walls on tapes like in a circus and rapelling. There's also the craze of "coastering" walking along the base of the cliffs at sea-level - an activity which can damage sea life such as the "vermiculat" from : La Marina Plaza.

Finding a solution for supermarket tomatoes that don’t taste like tomatoes

Sept 29th
Scientists in Valencia are using a technique to cut and paste DNA in a bid to reclaim fruit’s flavour. An old saying in Spanish went: “Tomate con sal, jamón de pobres.,” which roughly translates as “Tomatoes with salt: ham for the poor,” and refers to the superb flavor offered by a simple dish for a rock-bottom cost. But perhaps it’s no surprise that the refrain has fallen out of use, given that supermarket tomatoes no longer taste like tomatoes. In 2014, 170 billion kilograms of tomatoes were produced around the world, according to the United Nations. And the truth is, most of them taste like cardboard. Scientists identified the genetic code responsible for the 13 chemical compounds that give them their taste. These compounds are abundant in traditional varieties, but have nearly disappeared in their commercialized counterparts. The finding is so hopeful that it recently made the cover of Science magazine. They are able to change short sections of the tomato's genome to make desirable mutations. For full story see: El Pais in English

Sixty years since Xàbia and Denia were rivers

24th Sept
Come October 1st it will be sixty years since Xàbia suffered the worst floods in its history. The rain gauges overflowed, so we can never be sure of the exact amount of rain, but it is reckoned to have been close to a metre of rain over three days, and a national record. The port area was severely damaged and at least one person lost their life. A detailed account is given in La Marina Plaza. For more information on Xàbia's floods see: Jávea Floods

Expect November and December to have more intense rain than normal

24th Sept
The rainfall in the Med, and Comunidad Valenciana in particular exhibit a high variability. Periods of drought alternate with very intense rain concentrated in a short time. Experts from the University of Alicante and the Spanish Met Office have warned that these effects are expected to be enhanced with climate change over the next decades, and there is concern that municipalities at risk are not properly prepared. Of the 542 municipalities in the region, 300 are at flood risk, with 50 at serious risk. Many of the recommended infrastructures to mitigate against flood have not been constructed, partially because of the conflicting competence of different agencies. From Las Provincias Sunday 24th Sept. print edition.

Cheaper road tax for electric vehicles in Xàbia

Sept 20th
From 2018 electric vehicles will pay 75% less road tax in Xàbia. This is "the legal maximum allowed" Hybrid vehicles will pay half of what they have been paying so far. According to Mayor Chulvi, "this measure is in tune with our global commitment to sustainability" and therefore "it is necessary to wager on clean technologies and provide facilities to users." The town council has indicated that it is studying the installation of charging points in different areas of the municipality, as well as the reservation of parking spaces. From: Xàbia al Día

Citrus crop down 20% next season, but prices maintained

20th Sept
The forecast of citrus production in the Comunitat Valenciana for the 2017/2018 marketing year stands at 3,143,984 tonnes, which represents a 20% decrease compared to the previous season. The higher yields and lower volume will be due to the natural alternation of citrus cultivation, the reduction of the cultivated area by "2,000 hectares" and the rise of other products such as persimmon. Another reason for this decline in production is the climatic effect, namely the abundant rains at the end of 2016 and the high temperatures in May that affected the setting of the fruit. From: Las Provincias

Yes, it rains more on the Montgó

A map generated from data supplied by Meteoxàbia for the year 2016/2017 shows the distribution of rainfall in the Xàbia municipality.
The Montgó experiences, and generates the most rain, since warm air and clouds are forced to rise over the mountain, generating rainfall.
This year, the Arenal has had unusually low rainfall, perhaps because the light rain on Montgó has not been sufficient to affect this area which lies between two contrasting zones: Montgó to the north and Cap de la Nau to the south, which have had more rain than usual. from La marina Plaza.

279 allegations received about new general Town Plan

Sept 12
As of today, Xàbia has 30 days to resolve nearly 300 allegations that have been submitted to the General Structural Plan (PGE). To date 279 registered lettrs have been received though these may be added to by post sent before September 11. Once the Town Hall resolves the allegations and makes the modifications to the text, it will forward the PGE to the Ministry of the Environment and expects a period of between 4 and 6 months for final approval. from Xabia Town Hall website

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Xàbia organises Forum on Sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean

Sept 11
This being the international year of sustainable tourism, Xàbia Town Hall is organising a regional forum entitled: "Mediterrànea Xàbia Forum - Destins Sostenible" in the Parador on 26th and 27th October. This initiative aims to collaborate and exchange ideas with other Mediterranean destinations and share their values, and also examine the threats we face in terms of sustainability (management and conservation of high value natural areas, cultural impact, overcrowding, economic impacts, conflicts of coexistence). The topics selected for this first edition are political, technical, cultural, business, academic and those associated with our environment. The forum will consist of presentations and round tables with invited panelists. Members of the public are invited to sign up to attend either or both days of the forum. See the English language dossier on: http://agenda21-xabia.wikidot.com/mediterranean-forum-2017 Visit the Official website: Mediterranea Xabia Forum

After a long, dry summer, Spain’s drought intensifies

Sept 5th
Cumulative rainfall so far in the hydrological year, which runs from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017, is down 12%, according to Ana Casals, a spokeswoman for the State Agency of Meteorology (Aemet). This makes 2017 the third driest year, behind 1981 and 2005. Up to 37 of 150 districts in Spain were in an “emergency” situation due to water shortages at the end of June, according to the latest data. This is the most serious level of classification. Water reserves are almost 26% below the average of the last 10 years. For full story see: El Pais in English

Mayor meets residents about proposed northern ring road

Sept 3rd
Mayor José Chulvi and councillor Isabel Bolufer (Town Planning) met with representatives from the homeowners association of Camí Soberana as well as a group of residents who live in Calle Italia, two roads which stood be greatly affected in the draft General Plan (PGOU) which is currently under public consultation. …After listening to the concerns of residents from both zones, the mayor and councillor agreed to reduce the proposed dimensions of these roads which would leave them as one-way streets. In the case of Camí Soberana, the mayor offered the resident's association a solution which would leave the road as it is currently without changing a centimetre. However, the residents acknowledged the need to adapt it to the 21st century and improve its safety with pavements and services such as public lighting and connection to the sewage system. Consequently, the Council will set it out in the PGOU with a maximum width of eight metres and with a layout similar to that which was drawn up for a 1990 plan which was never developed. For full story see: Javeamigos.

Record Tourism in Spain for July

Sept 3rd
July has pulverized all existing tourism records in Spain. Never before have so many foreign visitors arrived in the country in a single month: 10.51 million, compared with the previous record of 10.02 million, which was set in August of last year, according to the National Statistics Institute (INE)…The July record comes on the back of a year-on-year rise of 10.1% in tourist arrivals. Britain remains Spain’s biggest market, with 2.31 million British tourists coming here last month, representing 22% of all foreign visitors. France contributed 1.55 million tourists, and Germany 1.4 million. For full story see:El Pais in English

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