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Spain's paper recycling efforts is 'among the world's elite'

March 23rd
A total of 78% of all paper consumed in Spain was recycled in 2015 – while collection of paper for recycling reached 4.6 million tonnes. To highlight the crucial role played by Spanish municipalities in this success story, 29 local authorities in 12 autonomous regions across Spain received recognition for their contribution to paper and board collections at the Blue Birdies 2017 Awards held recently in Madrid. At the event, Spain’s environment minister Isabel García Tejerina praised the efforts made in recent years by a ‘highly specialised’ paper business sector, adding that the involvement of local councils and the awareness of their citizens have proved essential. For full story see: Recyclinginternational

Growth in use of renewable energy stalls

March 21st
Growth in Spain’s use of renewable energies has come to a near halt. Gross final consumption of energy for 2015 from clean sources was almost the same as the previous year, according to data released on Tuesday by Eurostat for the entire European Union. In 2014, the figure for Spain was 16.14%, and in 2015, it was 16.15%. Spain’s poor performance was mitigated by the use of biomass, given that there was a fall in the use of clean energy to generate electricity in 2015. Furthermore, Spain is not part of the group of 11 advanced nations that have met their EU commitments for 2020, by which time 20% of energy consumed in Spain should be renewable, four percentage points higher than at present. For full story see: El País in English.

Valencia region experiences the wettest winter on record

March 21st
Spain’s eastern Valencia region has just experienced the wettest winter on record. In the provinces of Valencia and Alicante, there had not been this much rain since authorities began keeping weather records back in 1864. It is the same story in Castellón province, which began keeping track of rainfall in 1920. The unprecedented wet weather – two and a half times what is considered normal rain levels for this season – comes just a year after the region experienced the driest winter on record. And forecasts indicate that intense weather events will occur more frequently in future due to climate change, according to Jorge Tamayo, the Valencia representative for the Spanish weather agency Aemet. For full story see: El País in English

Companies abandon plans for fracking in Spain

March 19th
At the beginning of the decade, five companies began eyeing Spain’s underground resources, promising that the US shale boom could be reproduced on the Iberian peninsula. The conservative government of the Popular Party (PP) lent its weight to fracking – or hydraulic fracturing, the technique used to extract gas from underground shale deposits – in order to reduce the country’s near-complete dependence on hydrocarbon imports. But low gas prices and strong social rejection, including from local and regional authorities, have thwarted those plans. Now, all five firms have given up on fracking altogether. For full story see: El País in English

CO2-reduced Carton Pack Combibloc EcoPlus now at Carrefour in Spain

March 19th
Carrefour, one of the biggest distribution chains in Europe, is offering three different types of UHT milk in the combibloc EcoPlus 1,000 ml aseptic carton pack in Spain. This carton pack consists of the EcoPlus structure from SIG Combibloc, which generates less CO2 compared to a conventional 1-litre carton pack of the same format. Carrefour, one of the biggest distribution chains in Europe, is offering three different types of UHT milk in the combibloc EcoPlus 1,000 ml aseptic carton pack in Spain. This carton pack consists of the EcoPlus structure from SIG Combibloc, which generates less CO2 compared to a conventional 1-litre carton pack of the same format. For full story see: Packaging Europe

Spanish wetlands threatened by climate change and poor management

March 16th
Climate change and local threats can lead to the "extinction" of Mediterranean wetland ecosystems such as Doñana , Tablas de Daimiel , the Albufera de Valencia and Ebro Delta "in a few years, at most in tens", if uses and exploitation are not drastically changed in these areas. A researcher of the Department of Ecology of the Faculty of Sciences of the Autonomous University of Madrid, Paloma Alcorlo, explained that the main threats to these ecosystems are over-exploitation of aquifers, agricultural uses, illegal wells and the excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides. Alcorlo stated that the article aimed to raise awareness about the opportunities to improve effective conservation at the local level. "The options for local management are clear and relatively cheap. This opportunity should be taken, especially when it comes to ecosystems of vital importance to maintain global biodiversity,". From: Ecoavant

Calpe to promote Bird Watching

March 16th
The "Salinas de Calp" salt marshes and the sea cliffs and coastal mountains of the Penyal d 'Ifac and the Morro de Toix, and Sierra de Oltà, enable birdwatching fans to see a great diversity of species, some of great interest for foreign birdwatchers because they are species exclusive to the Mediterranean area. The Department of Tourism of Calpe has therefore published a guide that offers "twitchers" four different routes describing the most frequent birds in each environment and the months in which they can be observed. 173 sepcies have been observed in the salt marshes, among which the outstanding species is the flamingo. From: Las Provincias

Xabia purchases old Coastguard Civil barracks

The ruins on La Plana could become a youth hostel

March 16th
Xabia Town Hall has purchased two properties which once housed coastguard barracks (which, after the Spanish Civil War, were taken over by the Guardia Civil and became the property of the State). The purchase price was 25,486 euros - 13,805 euros for the estate in La Granadella which covers some 985 square metres and 11,681 euros for that on La Plana which covers some 1,200 square metres. Acting as watchtowers over the sea, they were formally property of the Carabineros - essentially coastguards - during the 19th century. At the beginning of the last century, the body became responsible for the control of land borders and surveillance of ravines and hidden coves to prevent smuggling.The barracks located on La Plana now lie ruins whilst those of La Granadella have long since disappeared. For full story see: Javeamigos, They have not decided what to do with these properties, but an idea to make the one on La Plana into a youth hostel has been mooted From: Las Provincias

"La Grava" beach in the port to be managed all year round

March 16th
Xàbia is creating its first "winter beach" by placing buoys all year round off the Playa de la Grava, a beach that is more easily maintained and less savaged by winter storms than others in the municipality. A series of eight numbered bouys will be anchored some 50 metres offshore to create a safe area for swimming that is out of bounds to boats. The rest of the coast will be marked between June 1st and October 15th. A new project has been approved for the installation of buoys and floating platforms along the coast of Xàbia for the 2017-2020 period, a contract that will soon be put out to tender with a projected budget of 463,634 euros. There will be more and new anchorage pints along the coast, especially in areas which tend to get saturated in the summer, and in diving areas. For full story see: Javeamigos

Madrid warns of “negative consequences” of Brexit on Spain

March 10th
It’s going to be a so-called hard Brexit: for the European Union, for the United Kingdom, and for Spain. That is the finding of an internal report produced by the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for the Brexit commission headed by Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría – a document which warns of the impact on Spain of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. The Spanish economy will “suffer the negative consequences” of the departure of one of the country’s leading trading partners from the bloc. The situation of British nationals resident in Spain and that of Spaniards living in the United Kingdom is also a matter for concern: Brexit will lead to “innumerable repercussions” for more than one million people, says the document seen by El Pai's. For full story see: El País in English

Expat groups start to organise on Brexit

March 10th
EuroCitizens organised a roundtable at the European Parliament offices in central Madrid attended by British expats, Spanish citizens, politicians, academics and journalists, all of whom are equally as concerned by Brexit, and who were there to hear a panel of experts discuss what the process could mean for them and for their countries’ joint futures. Eurocitizens, one of many campaigning groups to have sprung up across Europe ever since British voters decided that they wanted out of the 28-country club. The organization, run by long-term residents of Spain, says it is not trying to turn the clock back on the Brexit vote, but rather campaign to preserve the rights of Britons in Spain and Spaniards in the United Kingdom, during what will no doubt be an extremely long-drawn-out negotiation process as country extricates itself from the EU. Here are some of the figures released by Eurocitizens: Spain is the number-one destination for British nationals living outside the UK; British nationals permanently resident in Spain 308,821 (France: 185,344); Properties owned by British nationals in Spain: 110,373; British nationals who are employed (65%) or self-employed (35%) in Spain: 59,529; British retirees who receive a UK pension and live in Spain 107,980 ; Spaniards on Erasmus+ programmes in the UK: 5,651 For full story see: El Pais in English.

Municipal vegetable allotments up for allocation

March 10th
The Xàbia Department of the Environment is reviving the municipal allotment project has awarded a first batch of plots next to CEIP Trenc d'Alba. These municipal allotments offer residents the opportunity to grow their own vegetables whilst at the same time converting empty land in non-polluting spaces, conducive to biodiversity and improve the environmental quality of Xàbia. Eleven allotments have been allocated, eight of which have been awarded to individuals who applied for them and fulfilled the requirements to be successful, such as being registered as a resident in Xàbia, unemployed or retired, etc. Of the remaining plots, two have been given to the neighbouring school whilst the third has been allocated to users of the TAPIS occupational workshop, an organisation which promotes the socio-labour integration of certain groups with problem with social marginalization through therapeutic support and pre-employment training. Councillor Doris Courcelles (Environment) explained that 24 plots remain vacant and that the application period will be opened for all interested parties to register their applications. These plots will be directly awarded or there will be a draw if there is more demand. During this new stage of management individual water meters have been installed on each allotment and users will pay for actual consumption rather than paying a flat a fee. Full story on: Javeamigos

Ports Authority to repair harbour wall

March 10th
The Ports Authority will spend €250,000 on emergency repairs to some 80 metres of the harbour wall near the Tango cove which was severely damaged duirng the winter storms. It is in the process of obtaining the necessary money from the contingency fund at the Generalitat Valenciana. The authorities are now processing environmental permits and will be looking for a contractor to start the repair work as soon as possible which will be carried entirely from the land and would not interfere with normal activity in the port. For full story see:Javeamigos

Costas to restore Portet Beach

March 7th
The Ministry of the Environment (coasts) is to bring in 8000 tons of sand to rebuild Moraira's Portet beach after it was severely damaged by last winter's storms. The work, starting this week, will take around 10 days and during that time access to the beach will be restricted during working days. The idea is to replace the sand that was lost and re-establish the sedimentary balance by reconstructing the beach profile, without affection the marine ecosystem. From: Las Provincias

Marina Alta launches regional plan for employment

March 7th
On Tuesday, eighteen of the 31 municipalities and thirteen business and other entities signed the Regional Agreement for Employment and Local Development, a tool that this region had until today lacked, though it is widespread in other areas in the Comunidad. In addition to the eight municipalities that are part of Creama, the pact includes ten other municipalities of the Marina Alta and various social agents such as the Chamber of Commerce of Alicante, CC.OO., Cedma, Fevecta , Jovempa, Marina Alta Emprende, UGT, UNED of Denia, Aehtma, IES PV and Xarxa Joves. Creama, as a body with experience and implementation in the region, will manage the process of diagnosis, planning, action plan monitoring and evaluation. The agreement aims to coordinate resources to promote employment and prepare proposals agreed by all signatories to reach legislators to harmonise the regulations to the needs of the territory. from :La Marina Plaza

New General plan for public viewing in April

March 5th
The Department of Town Planning and Works has presented its annual review, a report on all the management carried out during 2016 from the issues of licences to the processing of files or planning applications. The review highlighted the work being carried out on the revision of the General Plan for Urban Planning with 23 meetings to follow up work and two visits to the Ministry of Urban Planning to coordinate the process. Councillor Isabel Bolufer (Urban Planning) explained that the drafting team has already presented the technical document of the preliminary version of the PGOU and that, if everything goes to plan, it will be able for public viewing in April. For full story see: Javeamigos For background information on this long-running story see: General Plan

The Superior Court of Justice protects Montgó agricultural landscape

March 5th
The agricultural "Colonias", a series of extensive dry stone terraces created on the Montgó in 1922 constitute a value in itself, not only as witnesses to a bygone era but also because of the landscape and environmental contributions they make to the natural park if they are preserved in the form in which they were conceived. The Montgó Natural Resource Management Plan (PORN)already states this, but it has now also been endorsed by the courts. A ruling of the Superior Court of Justice (TSJ) of the Comunitat Valenciana concluded, among other things, that in the "Colonias": "in no case can actions be accepted for the covert construction of housing intended for residential use and without connection to the conservation of cultural heritage which the Colonias themselves constitute. From: La Marina Plaza

Xàbia warns the Culture Department about heavy machinery on Roman archaeological site

Feb 22nd
Xàbia has given notice to the Department of Culture of the presence of heavy machinery on one of the most valuable archaeological sites of the municipality, the first century Roman site located in the San Rafael finca, Punta de l'Arenal, property of the family of a former Francoist minister, Mariano Navarro Rubio. The heavy vehicles belong to the company managing the new marina in the Canal de la Fontana which will have a capacity for 300 moorings. After the last storms, "Marina Nou Fontana" has been obliged to dredge the channel and place the sand and sediment on the Punta de l'Arenal so that the waves can return it to the sea. The problem is that in order to carry out this operation, the trucks have been crossing the finca, whose ground has been compressed in an area of ​​great historical value. The company does not have a permit from the Director General of heritage. from La Marina Plaza (Ed's note: A later report said that an inspector from the Department of Culture had found no significant damage to the site)

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Xàbia begins to draft a new plan for the prevention of forest fires

Feb 22nd
Xàbia has begun to work on a new municipal forest fire prevention plan, to face up to the potential risk of the losses that the actual urban lay-out of the municipality poses, particularly where it affects areas with a high housing density. The Town Hall has engaged Medi XXI Gabinet de Solucions Integrals, a specialist and recognised Valencian company to assist in the process. Ferran Dalmau, the engineer responsible, explained that as Xàbia has 2,500 hectares of forest, it is necessary to focus on the areas of urban/forest interface (areas of contact between forest zones and urbanisations) and assume that for varying reasons (intentional, weather conditions, negligence, etc.) that there will be fires and that it is everyone's responsibility to be prepared to deal with them.
Dalmau spoke about the four key areas that need to be assessed: planning, forestry management- both from the public administration side and also from the citizens themselves applying new concepts such as pyrogardening – a good supply of hydrants and the creation of firewalls and training citizens so that in the event of a fire that they are helpful and do not hinder the work of the professionals. For full story see: Municipal fire prevention plan 2017

Unemployment in Xàbia below national and reginal averages

Feb 22nd
Unemployment in Xàbia rose to 1,808 at the end of January, up 19 on the previous month. However the general rate of 10.8% and rate for under 25's at 5.64% remail below both the regional and national averages. Unsurprisingly the Services sector, which includes restaurants, bars and hotels and accounts for almost 80% of all employment contracts issued in Xàbia, saw the biggest rise, climbing 35 to 1,340, almost 75% of those registered as out of work. For full story see: Javeamigos

Charging for carrier bags to be mandatory in Spain from 2018

Feb 17th
ALL shops in Spain will be required by law to charge a minimum of five cents for plastic carrier bags – and in some cases, could end up applying prices of up to 30 cents. The environment ministry led by Isabel García Tejerina says free plastic bags will be banned from January 1 next year in an attempt to cut their use, in line with the European Directive of 2015 which all member States are obliged to apply progressively. A recent survey has shown that 87.5% of Spanish shoppers bring their own bags with them to the supermarket. For full story see: Think Spain

Local Initiative to support entrepreneurs

Talk introducing the project on Feb 27th

Feb 17th
An initiative called Marina Alta Emprèn is underway. It was promoted by the Escola de Negocis Innovadors i Digitals (ENID) to promote the creation of new businesses in the region, with financing from the municipalities of Denia, Xàbia, Pego, Pedreguer, Orba and Xaló, as well as "Denia & Marina Alta Tasting Life". The objective is to provide support to entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas and create their own companies, so that they are successful and sustainable over time. The program lasts eight months, during which selected teams will get a space to work in coworking Knowhere (Dénia), La Nau LAB (Pedreguer) and Javea. They will be able to promote their capacities in a creative and enterprising environment in addition to the possibility of relating and sharing space with other entrepreneurs and projects. Any interested party can register until March 5th filling out the form on ( www.marinaaltaempren.com ). Phase 1 or ideation will be carried out during March and April. Participants will have totally free personalised consultancies, courses and conferences to develop their idea. Once this phase is finished, the selection team will choose the best projects for the next phase. This Phase 2 or accelerator will run from May to November (August will be off), and will go deeper into creating a viable business. There will be personalised consultations regarding company formation and the corresponding courses and conferences. At the end, there will be a final presentation of projects to potential investors and potential customers. The calendar of courses and conferences can be seen on the web ( www.marinaaltaempren.com ) or on the Facebook page of Marina Alta Emprèn ( www.facebook.com/MarinaAltaEmpren ). The programme will be presented at talks throughout the region, and on February 27th at 7:30 p.m. in Xàbia. From: La Marina Plaza.

Experts warn of the impact of mass tourism on the landscape of the Marina Alta

Feb 17th
Farmers, herdsmen, hunters, conservationists and experts, who met in Xaló during a new session of the Denia & Marina Alta Tastinglife project, believe that environmental tourism can help the recovery of the rural landscape. However, they advocate that it is a "responsible and sustainable", tourism of "nature or ecotourism" driven by local companies and more in tune with local agents. The impact of tourism "has caused an imbalance that threatens traditional activities and the rural landscape". In addition, "the abandonment of crops which has added drastically to the reduction of livestock and the increasingly frequent presence of uninformed, disrespectful leisure tourism". Cattlemen regret the loss of local abbatoirs - they have to travel 80km to get their cattle slaughtered; hunters ask for the use of private land to breed native prey and hunt in a safe way; traditional agriculture needs to be promoted and linked to the local market. Land banks and catalogues of agricultural and livestock products are good tools for "the reunion between the powerful tourist sector of the coast and the deteriorated primary sector of the interior of the Marina". From :La Marina Plaza

XABIA EDUSI Definitive documents now available on: Fent Xàbia

Feb 16th 2017
The definitive documents of the EDUSI project are now online in PDF format to read and download. Most are in Castellano. EDUSI stands for "Estrategias de Desarrollo Urbano Sostenible Integrado" - Strategies for integrated sustainable urban development. For details about this project see: EDUSI Integrated sustainable Urban development. Xàbia's application for funds will, hopefully be considered sometime in 2017, now that Spain has a formal Government. (Ed)

University of Valencia to study Moraira marsh

Feb 15th
The Senillar, a small marsh of 0.76 hectares next to the tourist beach of l'Ampolla de Moraira, is one of the most valuable coastal ecosystems of the Marina Alta. Researchers from the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, University of Valencia will analyze the lake-like characteristics of the marsh. They will focus on water quality and its evolution throughout a hydrological cycle (from autumn 2016 to next summer) and the communities of flora and fauna, among which is the "fartet", a small endemic endangered fish. The study will complement the one carried out 2005-2006. This wetland has been protected since 2004, when the Environment Department declared it a Wildlife Reserve. From: Levante

Xabia crime rates below average

Feb 10
The crime rate in Xàbia remained below the national average in 2016. During the year, there were 1,490 reported crimes which produced a rate of 37.7 per thousand residents, well below the provincial rate of 50.0 per thousand, the autonomous rate of 47 per thousand and the national average of 43 per thousand residents. The statistics were revealed during a meeting between the different security forces in the municipality and the governing board at the Town Hall. Other issues discussed by the board was the effectiveness of the recently-launched 'Centro de Coordinación Operativo de Emergencias Municipales (CECOPAL)' - ['the Operational Coordination Centre for Municipal Emergencies'] - and the specific programmes implemented across the municipality to address and prevent gender violence, bullying at school and illegal fishing in the sea. It was agreed to meet again in ten days to address another major security challenge: fire response
For full story see: Javeamigos

Bacteria which caused destruction of Olive trees in Italy, now in the Balerics

Feb 10
The Balearic agricultural sector is in a state of alert. The regional government has declared the entire territory of the islands to be affected by Xylella fastidiosa, a dangerous bacterium that kills all kinds of fruit trees such as olive, cherry, almond, oleanders and ornamental plants. For the moment, the authorities have only detected the disease in some trees, but to the precaution of removing trees around them. In total, about 2,000 fruit trees have been destroyed. The export of plant material from species susceptible to carrying this bacterium has been banned, which first weakens and dries the leaves, then attacks the branches and ends with the death of the tree. The activation of the protocol of eradication of the European Union in all the islands "would almost provoke the destruction of the primary sector", because it calls for the removal of healthy trees around the diseased ones. Last year in Italy this measures caused the destruction of more than one million olive trees. The Balearic regional government is waiting for Europe to authorize the removal of only the affected trees. from: El Pais

Carrefour Ondara to hire 47 new employees

French company collaborates with local enterprises

Feb 10
Carrefour will open its second new shop in the Marina Alta on February 23rd, adding an additional 47 new employees to the 57 workers (from the previous Eroski Supermarket) who will be retained. The French company works and collaborates with a total of 960 companies in the Comunidad Valenciana, some from the Marina Alta, such as Cidoncha, a producer of artisan bakery and cakes. In addition, it has signed agreements with fishermen's guilds, most notably the one in Dénia, which will supply fish to various Carrefour establishments. From: La Marina Plaza

A drone to combat illegal fishing in Xàbia

Feb 10th
Xàbia has contracted the services of an unmanned aerial vehicle to carry out surveillance flights along the 25 kilometres of coastline, allowing close observation in real-time of the most inaccessible corners of the coast. Scheduled flights will be augmented by random ones to ensure the surprise effect with the images broadcast in real-time via tablet to agents working in the 'Unidad de Cometidos Especiales (UCE)' - ['the Special Commitments Unit'] - so that their response to signs of illegal fishing will be much faster. These images can also be used as evidence in prosecution cases. For full story see: Javeamigos

Javea recycled over 100tons of clothing in 2016

Feb 9th
The residents of Xàbia recycled some 112 metric tones of used clothing during 2016. According to data supplied by the NGO 'Humana Fundación Pueblo para Pueblo', the organisation that manages the 34 containers distributed across the municipality, a total of 112,612 kilos of clothing, footwear and home textiles during 2016, a slight decrease compared to 2015 (113,570 kilos). for ful story see: Javeamigos

Forum to support young people entering the job market

Feb 9th
The Department of Youth of the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia has organised another 'Mercat de l'Estudiant', a special forum to support the young people of the municipality in drawing their plans for further education or prepare them for entry into the job market. Under the slogan 'Y tú … ¿qué quieres ser?' - ['And you? What do you want to be?'] - the forum will take place from Monday 13th to Friday 17th February in the multipurpose room at Portal del Clot and open to anyone interested. The programme arranges for organised groups from third-year ESO to second-year high school students from IES No1 and Antonio Llidó as well as the Colegio María Inmaculada to take advantage of the forum during the morning sessions whilst those who wish to visit individually will be welcome between 4.00pm to 6.00pm. for full story see: Javeamigos

Repairs to Port breakwater and Tango beach to be paid for by regional Government

Feb 5th
Valencia's Department of Infrastructure will pay for repairs to the outer wall of Xàbia Port breakwater and the concrete platform next to the Tango restaurant's frontage. This is classified as emergency works to protect the safety of people and property. From :La Marina Plaza

Rental of tourist apartments up by 14%

Feb 1st
In 2016, the Comunidad Valenciana was second only to the Canary Islands in overnight stays in tourist apartments. More than 10.4 million such rentals were officially recorded, an increase of 14.6%. However, according to the tourist industry a lot of the growth is outside the law. The National Institute of Statistics (INE) records 20,599 dwellings, half of them in Alicante. However, digital rental operators such as Airbnb, offer hundreds of thousands. The Tax Agency has launched an initiative to detect tax fraud in this business, while the Generalitat is conducting on-site inspections and following up of Internet ads. Spain had a record of 75.6 million visitors in 2016 - 7.5 million more tourists than in 2015 -, a growth of 10, 3% compared to the previous year. from Las Provincias.

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