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Tourism replaces construction as Spain’s main employment driver

August 20th
Tourism has been one of the main engines behind Spain’s economic recovery and it is now the most important source of employment. According to a survey by the Spanish Institute of Tourism (Turespaña), 2.65 million people – 2.17 million waged workers and 483,861 private contractors – were employed in the sector in spring. This represents 13.7% of Spain’s working population (19.34 million people), meaning tourism has overtaken construction as the top employer sector in the country. However it cannot compete when it comes to salaries. According to a study by the INE, the average annual salary of a construction worker in 2008 was €20,706.7 – 48% more than the €14,000 received by an average hospitality worker. In 2016, the last year with available data, hospitality workers were earning €14,125.3 – just 1.2% more. Salaries in construction meanwhile have risen 7% to €22,163.46. Hospitality employees were paid an average of €9.32 an hour in the first semester of 2018, while construction workers received €11.73 an hour. Also The seasonality of tourism means employment in the sector fluctuates greatly between summer and winter. In the first trimester of 2017, more than 2,660,915 people were working in the tourism sector; three months later that figure had dropped by 141,000 and by the first semester of 2018, there were 240,000 fewer workers. For full story see: El Pais in English

Why the Lluxent forest fire could happen again

August 20th
Lightning caused the recent Llutxent fire that destroyed 3,270 hectares, burned about forty houses and forced 3,000 people to be evicted. The fire originated in public mountains which are owned by the municipalities of Pinet and Llutxent, but whose management is the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture and Environment. The president of the Valencian Forestry Platform (PFV), Fernando Pradells, explained that fire is something typical of the Mediterranean mountains, it cannot be avoided. However, measures can be put in place to prevent the occurrence of a conflagration. There are fires that cannot be put out and the only solution is to regulate the density of the biomass. This can only be achieved with long-term interventions. The mountains have been given overprotection that neither creates income nor uses nor prevents fires. There are three times more trees now than in 1970, mainly due to the abandonment of agriculture. No resources have been allocated to forest products that could substitute for petroleum products. In general, traditional agriculture has taken precedence over agroforestry despite the importance it has for its environmental, economic and social values. From:La Razon

Amjasa makes a video debunking myths about its water

August 20th
AMJASA has made a video debunking some myths about their water supply. The two and a half minute video has English subtitles: Is it cheaper to fill a swimming pool with a water lorry? Is it OK to take extra water by bypassing the meter? is the water OK to drink? The short video is on Vimeo, and you can watch it here: Amjasa debunking myths video, or go the Vimeo website: Falsos mitos del agua

Marina Alta - top in tourist rentals

August 20th
The Marina Alta is the Valencian power house in apartment tourism. Unlike other regions where hotel accommodation has much more weight, hotels are scarce in this region. This is a coast of second residences and apartments for rent. One of every four apartments registered for tourist accommodation in the Valencian Community is in the Marina Alta. Of the total of 305,614 bed in tourist apartments registered in the Comunitat, 25.5% (a total of 77,590) are in the Marina Alta. Xàbia ranks 5th, with 2950 apartments and 17,891 places. From: La Marina Plaza

Battle to protect Spain's 10,000 endangered marine species

July 22nd
Spain is home to the largest number of marine fauna species in the European Union – a total of 10,000 in 900 types of habitat – but is also the bloc's fifth-largest producer of plastic with an average of 3.2 items of rubbish, of which 2.3 are plastic, lounging in every square metre of beach. This spring, the previous Spanish government, led by the PP, set up the Life IP Intermares plan as part of the Biodiversity Foundation within the ministry for the environment, agriculture, food and fishing – the largest and most ambitious marine conservation project in Europe, financed out of various EU funds totalling €50 million to care for the entire network of protected parts of the continent's seas. It will involve breeding programmes covering all marine species in the Red Natura 2000 ('Nature Network 2000'), Spain's catalogue of endangered fauna, with the aim of increasing protected offshore reserves tenfold – reflecting the rest of the planet as a whole, 1% of Spanish seas are under conservation orders, but the Life IP Intermares programme seeks to increase this to at least 8% immediately, rising to a minimum of 10% by the year 2020. Research and monitoring, general protection actions – such as reducing or banning boats or limiting tourist numbers – awareness and education campaigns, and public communications are among the other activities the sea conservation project will develop and expand over the next few years. For full story see: ThinkSpain

Jávea joins the Coca-Cola plan to clean up coasts and sea floor

July 22nd
The Valencian Community has joined the Mares Circulares Project, an initiative of Coca-Cola that aims to clean the coasts and sea beds by collecting all containers so that they do not end up in waste. The project, which has been presented at the Ministry of the Environment, includes the care of natural areas, prevention with awareness campaigns, and the generation of scientific studies and a "circular economy" according to a statement from Coca-Cola. The plan has the collaboration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Ecomar Foundation and the Chelonia Association, and includes the municipalities of Alicante, El Campello, Benidorm, Jávea, Villajoyosa, Oliva and València. Mares Circulares plans to organize waste collection campaigns on six beaches, including Cabo de las Huertas (Playa de San Juan), El Campello, Jávea and Villajoyosa in Alicante; and Club Náutico de Valencia, in La Marina de Valencia. from: Lavanguardia

Red Cross launches campaign to "care for" the Mediterranean

Exhibitions and workshops on beaches

July 10th
Red Cross presented its new campaign on El Cabanyal de València ' Mediterrani, deixa que et care ', an initiative focused on awareness of the care of the beaches and the health of bathers, which will bring exhibitions and practical workshops to the sand with advice on safety and health. The organization thus intends "to promote the enjoyment of the beaches of the Valencian Community in a safe, sustainable and healthy way". Regarding sustainability, the organization emphasizes " the environmental wealth of the Mediterranean, the threat to flora and fauna that the sea suffers and what people can do to protect it". There are a total of three traveling exhibitions, one in each province of the Region, which will move to several beaches on the coast. From July 10 to September 5, there will be a total of 40 talks on 26 beaches. From:Las Provincias

The Diputació de València increases grants for sustainable forest management by 25% up to 2 million euros

June 15th
Grants for sustainable forest management and fire prevention will have a budget of 2 million euros this year, 25% more than in 2017. The Diputació is entrusted with the provision of fire prevention and extinction services in municipalities with less than 20,000 inhabitants. Therefore, they have begun to develop policies for sustainable forest management and strategic prevention of forest fires with concrete measures. This type of action had never been done before. Deputy Josep Bort emphasised the idea that you have to change the way you look at nature,. He stated that "nature is not a museum, our mountains and our forests are not a museum. They are living ecosystems, and we must also see them as an economic resource. In the same way that this resource serves to enrich our heritage, it also serves to work in guaranteeing opportunities for the people who live in our inland towns ". From:El diario.es

New traffic control in Cala Barraca and new parking zone for Granadella shuttle service during summer

July 1st
Xàbia has been preparing the popular coves for the busy summer season, work to try and alleviate the huge traffic problems that plague the areas as the temperatures rise and the tourists arrive. These measures implemented by the Department of Services headed by councillor Kika Mata include remodelling of the end of the road in Cala Barraca to improve traffic flow and the transfer of the parking zone for the Granadella free shuttle service. After the numerous complaints from residents in response to the chaos caused by the pilot of the Granadella shuttle service last summer, the parking zone has been moved to the municipal area at La Guardia, a reception area for visitors who can park their cars and travel down into the Granadella cove by shuttle. As before, access to the cove will be restricted during the peak hours by the use of a barrier which will be lowered once the parking in the cove itself is full. The restriction will come into force once the bidding process to provide the shuttle service has been completed. Until then access to the cove will be unrestricted all day. The parking zone has space for 69 cars whilst there is also parking available in the surrounding streets such as Carrer de La Falzia, all of which have been cleared and repainted to assist parking. A bus stop has already been installed with benches and suitable shade whilst an information panel will provide details about Granadella, both about the cove and beach area and the forestry zone. Cala Barraca has long been a problem with too many vehicles trying to access to narrow zone, often causing traffic flow problems at the very bottom. In response the Ayuntamiento has created a small roundabout to help resolve the issue, finally removing parking from the very end of the road which has caused difficult in manoeuvring for vehicles in the past. An area has been marked for motorcycles as well as specific parking zones for those with reduced mobility. The Ayuntamiento has also been cleaning up the coastal zone along the Primer Montañar between the port and the Arenal. Story from: Javeamigos

Baleària Port recycles more than 250 tons of waste packaging in three years

June 6th
Baleària Port, the Dénia maritime station, has recycled more than 250 tons of waste packaging in three years thanks to a selective collection system carried out together with Ecoembes, an organization dedicated to protecting the environment through recycling and the ecodesign of packaging in Spain, with which it signed a collaboration agreement in 2015. The recycled quantity is approximately equivalent to what a municipality of 19,000 inhabitants can generate. 75% of the waste collected during the three years were plastic containers and cans of soft drinks, while the rest was paper and cardboard. From:Las Provincias

SeGuía Project results revealed at conference hosted by AMJASA

June 8th
Since the beginning of 2018, the Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua (FNCA), a group of professionals which seeks a change in water management policy to achieve more rational and sustainable actions, has been carrying out a study to prepare a risk management plan for drought, a situation that is becoming increasing likely due to climate change. It has been working closely with the municipal water company AMJASA and representatives of groups concerned with the management of water supply and its use at the domestic and industrial level. Yesterday Thursday 7th June the first results of the SeGuía Project were presented in a conference held at Xàbia's desalination plant which was attended by mayor José Chulvi and representatives from the Hydrological Planning Office of the Confederación Hidrográfica del Júcar (CHJ) and AMJASA.

Some of the measures proposed by the project for the prevention phase include the need to raise awareness through specialised campaigns with actions such as using the water bill as an instrument of communication to customers aware of the real cost of water from its origin to the tap. In addition a revision of the tariffs has also been proposed to penalise high consumption of water during drought periods as well as the implementation of an EcoTax which would help fund awareness campaigns, water saving campaigns and improvements to the distribution network. The project also calls for the investigation of a more sustainable urban model with more effective houses which incorporate systems for the catchment and use of rainwater and the reuse of wastage for irrigation. The study also calls for the promotion of 'Mediterranean gardens' that require much less irrigation. In addition to those which look at improving the efficiency of the supply network, increasing the capacity of the town's desalination plant with a fifth frame so that there is some room for expansion during periods of drought and taking advantage of rainwater for the irrigation of public parks and gardens, the measures will be discussed at the next 'Observatori del Agua', a participatory body launched the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia some two years ago to look at water policies. For full story see: Javeamigos

Baleària Port recycles 250 tons of packaging in three years

June 8th
Baleària Port, of Dénia, has recycled more than 250 tons of packaging waste in three years thanks to a selective collection system carried out together with Ecoembes, an organization dedicated to protecting the environment through recycling and ecodesign of containers in Spain, with whom it signed a collaboration agreement in 2015. The quantity is recycled is approximately equivalent to what a municipality of 19,000 inhabitants can generate. 75% of the waste collected are plastic containers and cans of soft drinks, while the rest is paper and cardboard. The recovery of this waste as a material resources is equivalent to a saving of 175 tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, more than 3,500 cubic meters of water and 658,000 kilowatts of light. From: Las Provincias

Fraud implicated in fall in AMJASA water consumption

May 31st
The fraud is partly responsible for the fact that the water bill in Xàbia fell from 4,650,546 cubic meters in 2016 to 4,050,348 cubic meters in the previous year, which means around 600 cubic meters less. Some suspicious bills have been detected. Another contributory factor could be the slightly higher rainfall this year as compared to last. Amjasa ended the financial year with a surplus of €956,000 which will be invested in improving the network. During 2017 The company has replaced several kilometres of cement fibre pipes (which still comprise more than a third of the network) and 2876 water meters. For full story see: La Marina Plaza

Infrastructure plan for Xàbia to unvest 2 million Euros

May 30th
ome two million euros is to be invested in carrying out and developing a series of important proposals in Xàbia including the long-awaited swimming pool, the re-development of the Central Cinema building in the heart of the historic centre, an improved industrial estate zone and a coastal pathway between the port and Arenal. The project has been entitled "Xàbia En Marxa" which consists of an action plan for 2018 and the first few months of 2019 which includes a series of important development proposals which will be highlighted and placed in a hold pattern ready for the necessary budget and funding agreements to be available. The total investment for this medium-term strategic planning is valued at around 20 million euros. For full story see: Javeamigos For future reference, details are also posted on this site on : Xàbia En Marxa 2018

Another outbreak of the tree and vine killer, Xylella

May 21st
The plague that does not stop. The Ministry of Agriculture has just detected the seventh outbreak of 'Xylella fastidiosa', three months after the last was declared. The only good news is that this seventh outbreak does not extend to more locations in the 22 municipalities that are the most affected in the Alicante region, among which in the Marina Alta are Alcalalí, Benigembla, Gata de Gorgos, Llíber, Murla, Parcent, Senija , and Xaló . The bacterium, which is transmitted through insects that act as vectors, is responsible for several diseases that cause the death of the affected plant, which end up drying up. Among the affected species (more than 360) are the almond tree, whose plantations are the most affected in the Comunitat are citrus, olive and the vines. The measures taken to prevent the spread include the destruction of vulnerable plant species within a 100 metre radius of the infected tree. Needless to say, the tree growers are up in arms about this. From La Marina Plaza

Plastic carrier bags in all shops in Spain will be charged for from July 1 this year

May 21st
According to a new Bill of Law, or Royal Decree published this weekend. Supermarkets already charge now for plastic bags – typically two cents for the small and more flimsy ones traditionally used for decades, and around 10 cents for larger, sturdier ones – but other retailers, in the main, continue to give them out for free, especially small, family-run stores. From July, however, they will no longer be allowed to do so and will have to apply a charge. For full story see: Think Spain

The history of the contractor for the Xàbia auditorium: four works abandonments and diverse delays

May 21st
The construction contract of the Xàbia auditorium is in doubt since the contractor has stopped work (citing rain and mud to begin with), and now they are asking for more money. The company Joca Ingeniería y Construcciones is now asking for more money. They had put in a bid of €2.4 million 27% less than the budget price (€3.3million). La Marina Plaza revealed that this was not the first time they had behaved in this manner, and reported four other large scale contracts won by the company through tendering at a low price which they had subsequently abandoned. From La Marina Plaza. Xàbia's opposition PP has spoken up by saying the Xàbia must stop awarding contracts to the lowest bidder (Full story in Javeamigos

Valencian Government protects 7500 hectares of coastal land.

May 9th
Valencia has approved the Territorial Action Plan of the Green Infrastructure of the Coast of the Valencian Community (Pativel), whose main objective is the protection and active conservation of the most valuable free coastal spaces and preserves more than 7,500 hectares of land in the three provinces. In addition to conservation, this plan aims to ensure the ecological and functional connectivity of the sea with the interior, avoid urban consolidation and urban barriers that damage the coastline and improve the quality of the built space to be more competitive with respect to new tourism demands. Pativel proposes the active conservation of more than 7,500 hectares of high environmental, territorial and landscape quality, distinguishing two main categories: undeveloped land for coastal protection (up to 500 meters from the shore of the sea) and undeveloped land for coastal reinforcement (from 500 to 1,000 meters from the shore of the sea). The Generalitat stresses that this plan, "far from cutting the growth of the coast, seeks to conserve and value the most valuable soils of the coast, while maintaining them as open spaces or green areas of the coastal municipalities, improving the quality of their urban fabric ". From: 20 minutos.es

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