Ibiza Preservation Foundation, 10 Years of Making Ibiza Better

More than €1 million raised, 40 projects financed and collaborations with 24 different entities

10 years of commitment to preservation and environmental sustainability in Ibiza and Formentera

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Ibiza Preservation Foundation. A celebration dinner will be held on August 22nd

The Ibiza Preservation Foundation (IPF), previously the Ibiza Preservation Fund, celebrates its 10th anniversary of working to achieve a sustainable future for Ibiza and Formentera by supporting local environmental initiatives on land and at sea.

The IPF was created in 2008 by William Aitken, Ben Goldsmith and Serena Cook out of concern for the unsustainable development of the islands. They wanted to contribute to preserving the islands they love and give something back to Ibiza.

More than €1 million has been raised, 40 projects financed, and it has partnered with 24 different entities over the past 10 years with the aim to contribute to the well-being and prosperity of the islands by promoting the conservation of its natural resources.

The work of the IPF centres around three priority areas: working in partnership with other associations to deliver projects to preserve the islands and encourage sustainability promoting a lively and productive rural environment and, finally, supporting projects that protect threatened marine species and other valuable natural resources so the waters remain clean and full of life.

The IPF works by raising funds from people and entities around the world concerned about the future of Ibiza and Formentera. They connect experts, local players, NGOs, companies or public entities to achieve the best results; collaborate with local, national and international organisations to preserve the environment, support environmental causes and promote a process for change by commissioning studies and facilitating debates.

Ibiza Preservation Foundation, 10 Years of Making Ibiza Better
by Xescu Prats The almond blossom at Pla sa Corona in all its glory.

 

10 years, 10 achievements

  • Oil and gas projects in the Mediterranean Sea have been stopped by establishing and financing the creation of Alianza Mar Blava
  • Protection for posidonia has increased through collaborations with GEN-GOB Eivissa and the Adessium Foundation to achieve greater legal protection for this marine habitat, and through the Manu San Félix and Vellmarí Association project to map posidonia meadows thus monitoring their evolution.
  • The IPF has helped to preserve Ibiza’s almonds by planting 800 new trees in a project with APAEEF (organic producers association) and the Consell d’Eivissa, as well as co-financing an almond de-hulling machine with Sant Antoni Cooperative.
  • An initiative to improve water management has been launched. In 2015 the IPF commissioned a study by the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) to gain an understanding of the state of the island’s water resources. This served as a precedent for the creation of the Water Alliance, where public administrations, business and tourism associations and water companies are represented together with the agricultural sector and local NGOs.
  • Support for the creation of a marine reserve in Tagomago, within the framework of “The Sea, A Shared Responsibility” project.
  • Farming and local produce have been promoted through various initiatives that have fostered various collaborations to support indigenous breeds and the creation of a land bank.
  • In 2017, IPF coordinated an important study with the UIB on the social and environmental carrying capacity of Ibiza.
  • Protection of the Ses Feixes wetlands by supporting and collaborating with GEN-GOB and Amics de la Terra.

The IPF has collaborated with 24 local and international environmental organisations and raised more than €1 million in funds.

“This decade of work for the preservation and protection of the islands’ environment is the basis of what the IPF intends to do now and in the future. This annual report is the commitment we have with our islands and their inhabitants. Preserve and take care of the land and sea so that future generations will have to enjoy,” concluded Sandra Benbeniste, IPF executive director.

Ibiza Preservation Foundation, 10 Years of Making Ibiza BetterCelebrate with IPF

Celebrate 10 years of the Ibiza Preservation Fund at an exclusive event on August 22. Join their cofounders, board and leaders to celebrate the IPF’s achievements to preserve Ibiza and Formentera’s land and sea.

Deliciously Sorted Ibiza will present the evening of dining, drinking and dancing in a very Spanish style at the beautiful Los Olivos estate.

Ticket includes:

  • ‘Balearic Flamenco’ show by Ibiza legend Paco Fernandez (pictured above)
  • Exclusive performance by Ibiza lovers and legendary DJs BLOND:ISH
  • All spirits and event cocktails provided by Pernod Ricard with Absolut, ABSOLUT ELYX , Avión tequila, Champagne G.H. MUMM and Havana Club
  • Paella and BBQ catered by La Grande Bouffe Ibiza with locally-sourced organic produce
  • A goodie bag

Tickets are €50 for residents and €95 for non-residents.

Money raised at the event will support the IPF’s key programmes. They include Posidonia protection, promoting Ibiza produce, creating a sustainability centre and leading a campaign to make Ibiza and Formentera free of single-use plastics.

More info on Facebook – Ibiza Preservation Fund.

August 22, 19:30–23:59.